Beauty, Life, Style

The Botanist, Birmingham

New bars and restaurants seem to be popping up all over Birmingham at the moment. The Botanist is one such place. With a slightly quirky cocktail menu (expect a sprig of rosmary or some muddled basil), The Botanist provides a rather fresh outlook, offering something different to the usual cosmos and daiquiris of old.

The interior is beautiful. The Botanist showcases rustic beams, copper, wrought iron, greenery and eclectic chandeliers which somehow manage to provide a cosy calm amidst the crush of revellers.
A lovely touch is the Anthology of Ales that sits on every table. It's a beautiful little book that tells you about every beer they sell. There's even a notes section at the back. My knowledge and appreciation of ale is limited to say the least so naturally, I decided to test out the cocktails.
If you can't decide between a beer and a cocktail you can get both! We ordered the originally named Number 3 to share. It's supposed to be Kona Big Wave but they had unfortunately run out so it was replaced by Fire Rock. It came with a miniature cocktail which I claimed as my own - dried pink rosebuds, rose syrup, pineapple and lime juices, Amaretto Disaronno, and Southern Comfort. This was literally the best cocktail I've had. Ever. Why this isn't on the main cocktail menu I will never know. It tasted like a heavenly, not too sweet Turkish Delight. And if I could only drink one cocktail for the rest of my life - this would be it.
I also tried the Apricot and Ginger Sling - Beefeater gin, apricot liqueur, fresh ginger, vanilla syrup, apricot puree, apple juice, lemon and lime juice. It was nice, but let's face it, Number 3 has ruined me for all other cocktails.
The food is your standard British Pub Food affair. Dave went for Gammon and Chips, served with a fried egg and pineapple. It was a lovely cut of meat, well cooked with deliciously crispy chips. 
Being a Yorkshire Lass I'm not sure I should admit this.... I went for the Lamb Hotpot Pie (In case you don't know, hotpot is a traditional Lancashire dish. Yorkshire and Lancashire have a bit of a 'friendly' rivalry. We had a bit of civil war back in the 1400's and neither party has completely gotten over it. Mainly it just involves booing when you drive over the boarder and cheering when you get back).
The pie was lovely - not to meaty, not too runny. Great mushy peas and chips. Nothing revolutionary but fabulous pub grub. Plus, extra gravy for pouring!
I was really impressed with the Botanist. The food tasted good and was reasonably priced, however on a weekend it does get extremely busy so if you're wanting to eat make sure you book ahead. The cocktails are delicious and provide something new and interesting, however I was disappointed to see how little room is allocated to the bar compared to the restaurant. Chances are you'll have to stand so make sure you wearing comfy shoes ladies!
The Botanist (link!) is located on Temple Street, just off New Street.

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