I visited Botanist a couple of weeks after Trinity opened last year but have only just gotten around to editing all my drafts and creating readable sentences from my hastily written reviews! So please bear in mind these were from last year and the menu may have changed.
The decor in Botanist is... Well the only way I can describe it is pottery shed kitch. A bit like a nice garden shed, which I guess is apt for the name.
The drinks menu is like no other I have seen before, it's a book of beers and ciders! With each bottle delicately drawn with a handwritten description.
On this occasion me and S chose ciders. I went for the Koppaberg naked apple expecting it to be a bit nicer than your average apple cider... It wasn't. S went for Aspall's berry cider I had a quick taste and was disappointed that it wasn't my drink!
For starters S had some sort of puff pastry concoction that I can't remember the name of... (minus blogger points for me).
I decided to chose the scotch eggs. Served warm and in a potato basket with piccalilli it was divine! The scotch meat was perfectly flavoured and season with the quails eggs hard boiled inside. I think I would have preferred runny eggs as that would have been a perfect dipping sauce for my potato strands.
For mains S went for the avocado, bacon and Stilton salad. When it turned up it was minus the Stilton. Collaring a waiter he looked perplexed checked the menu and confirmed that there was supposed to be Stilton (the clue's in the name of the dish) and hurried off to the kitchen. He returned with a large piece of Stilton on a plate, he was definitely over compensating for the lack of it the first time round!
For my mains I went for the steak and ale pie served with chips, peas and gravy.
I've got to say this pie although small was mightily packed with flavour and meat. The chips were cooked well and I was happy they were more fries than chunky chips. It's always nice to get your own gravy pot too
Looking around the firm favourite seemed to be the hanging kebabs, basically chicken hanging from a skewer over a bed of chips.
Towards the evening The Botanist becomes more of a bar than a restaurant so this is probably something to bear in mind if you're looking for a quiet meal.
The alcohol selection definitely is worth a sneaky pint/bottle on an evening although you're likely to be three back from the bar on a Friday/Saturday night.
Prices aren't bad with this meal coming in at around £40 for the two of us, made even cheaper by a 50% voucher we received. Definitely worth signing up to their mailing list.
67 Boar Lane