Review: The Botanist York VIP Launch

The Botanist York opened last week. The Botanist kindly invited me along on the opening night, to review the new restaurant in my home city. I’d previously heard a lot about The Botanist from friends who’d been to the Leeds, Newcastle and newly opened Sheffield restaurant.


Upon first walking into the bar, I thought of my childhood memories from watching the film “The Secret Garden”, as it was like I was in that film, discovering and stepping into the secret garden. Everything inside The Botanist is very botanical themed. It’s definitely special and very quirky inside, I loved the atmosphere.


After we were shown our table, we were asked to choose our first cocktail. We both love a good cocktail, so Kiel opted for Thyme for Cherry and I chose the Botanist Pornstar. Next we were asked if we wanted any nibbles for the table, so we had Cumberland and Pork Chipolatas which were perfect to share between us and went down a treat.


To start, I had Chicken Liver and Rum Paté and Kiel decided on the Homemade Houmous Board. Both of them looked and tasted absolutely delicious. All of the ingredients were fresh and flavoursome. The paté came in a very generous portion and Kiel kept commenting on how amazing the houmous board tasted, so he was also impressed.


For mains, I ordered The Botanist’s Famous Hanging Kebabs – which was the Salt and Pepper Pork to be exact, with sweet potato fries. The presentation was very unique and this really did impress us both. My only small complaint was that Kiel had ordered his steak medium rare and it was quite over-done, which was unfortunate.


Finally, it was time for dessert. Kiel was quite tipsy and full so he didn’t have a dessert. I, on the other hand, did feel full but really wanted to try one of the desserts because I’d seen how tasty they looked when other tables had ordered earlier on. It took a while but after a bit of convincing by Louise, our waitress, I decided to have the White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mousse. NO REGRETS! Again, the presentation was incredible and the flavours of the mousse were lovely. Small details make such a huge difference, I loved that this mousse was presented in a trowel.


Overall, this was a really enjoyable evening. I absolutely adore the decor – it’s incredibly stunning and so well thought out. It is such a beautiful venue, with beautifully presented food and amazing cocktails. At the end of the event, both Kiel and I were given a The Botanist goodie bag (see photo below of him drunkenly posing with his goodie bag haha). Thank you so much to the PR team and The Botanist York for having us, we loved it – The Botanist is exactly the kind of cocktail bar that York has needed for a while.


Disclaimer: I was invited by The Botanist York, to sample and review the experience on their launch night. All opinions, thoughts and photographs are genuinely my own.

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