It’s no secret that one of my favourite places for food & cocktails in York is The Botanist. I was so excited to hear about the release of their Spring Menu with some tasty new additions. Last week, my boyfriend and I headed over to York for date night at The Botanist which is located down the famous cobbled Stonegate on the previous premises of Mulberry Hall.
No matter which branch of The Botanist I’ve visited, the decor is unbelievable. With vines hanging from the ceiling, big cosy chairs and a lively atmosphere. We were seated in the upstairs dining room which was a lot more chilled but we had a lovely window view over Stonegate. Every night, there is live music in The Botanist which was also played upstairs. For a good hour or so, I was convinced it was a tape as whoever was singing was amazing!
Our waiter was called Jamie and he was so helpful and gave us some of the best recommendations. We started off with a couple of cocktails followed by a bottle of prosecco. Last year, I actually attended a Gin Masterclass at The Botanist, I wouldn’t call myself an expert now but I’ve got a few firm favourites from the extensive cocktail menu. I went for the Peach & Apple Pot which comes in this little planter with dry ice, not only does it taste amazing, it makes for a great boomerang on Instagram! Stefan went for the Grapefruit Rum Punch which was a mix of grapefruit, vanilla & pomegranate with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.
To be honest, neither of us were particularly drawn to any of the starters but did actually think about ordering a few nibbles. Our waiter, Jamie suggest to try out the Camembert sharer which was baked in garlic and rosemary sourdough bread. It didn’t take much persuading for us to order this and what a good choice it was! It was a very healthy portion though, which would have probably suited three or four people to share.
On to the main course and I did pretty much over face myself a little bit. Usually, I go for the more traditional home comfort dishes such as steak & ale pie, fish and chips or even a Sunday Roast. The Botanist do a cracking roast! The Botanist is very much well known for their famous hanging kebabs which I had still yet to try. I decided to go for the hanging chicken kebab which is marinated in sweet chilli and ginger and served with garlic butter which drizzles down.
Another favourite of mine is the crispy beef salad so I decided to order a smaller portion as a side salad with my hanging kebab which already came with sweet potato fries. As you can imagine, my eyes certainly were bigger than my tummy but everything was utterly delicious and between us there wasn’t anything left! Stefan went for the 10oz garlic and rosemary rump steak which was served with a salad. It looked delicious and I’d definitely try that next time!
It was time for another round of cocktails. I’d been looking at the Rhubarb & Gin Old Fashioned which I’d requested to be a little sweeter than usual. It wasn’t my favourite I’ve tried at The Botanist but it still went down a treat. I did have to resist from stealing Stefan’s Blueberry and Passionfruit Martini though. It was definitely one I’ll be ordering next time.
I’d already eyed up the dessert menu and noticed the new sharing fondue which had replaced the hanging chocolate kebab. Our waiter also recommended the fondue but I’d already decided on it. I prefer the whole fondue concept as we both got equal amounts of fruit, brownies, toasted marshmallow and crispy bits to dip in the most heavenly melted chocolate. It was the perfect sharer for two of us.
Not only was the new Spring menu amazing, it was such a lovely date night. We will certainly be back again even if it’s to complete my mission to drink through the whole cocktail menu. Believe it or not, I’m nearly there! A massive thank you to The Botanist for having us!
Have you been to The Botanist before?
*I was kindly invited to The Botanist to sample their new menu, all opinions are my own.