Ask me where you should go for food or drinks in Newcastle and I will always suggest The Botanist.
I love the decor (let's face it, nothing can compete with the tree house style bar, spiral staircase, eclectic lighting and overall secret garden styled theme can it?!), I love the drinks (especially if I'm not driving and get to embrace the amazing cocktail menu) and the food is always perfect quality, perfectly presented.
Despite having visited The Botanist an endless amount of times now, I can't help but admire the decor every time I'm there.
Located in a really central position, The Botanist sits behind and above Jamie's Italian, directly opposite The Monument. The understated entrance could be easily missed, but trust me; it's worth searching for. You can choose to take the numbered stairs up to the restaurant, or the lift (usually my preference), which takes you directly to the main bar area.
I always feel like I notice something I have never seen before, and taking a photo of the great tree under the domed ceiling is obligatory.
There are so many areas to eat and drink in, I still don't feel as though I have seen it all... There's even an outdoor roof terrace, which is perfect for Summertime... and Winter, trust me!
The roof terrace has been given a Christmassy makeover, with fair lights, mulled win and spiced cider on the menu, and they even provide the blankets so that you can get really cosy after doing your Christmas shopping in town.
The menu has something to suit everyone; From nibbles to deli boards, hanging kebabs to traditional home comforts and not forgetting the most indulgent sounding desserts (I need to try the baked chocolate chip cookie dough!)
If you like a drink, I can guarantee it will take up the majority of your time selecting something from the pretty endless list of beers, gins, wine and cocktails.
For me, being designated driver, I always order the Watermelon Dew, which is not only a very Instagram worthy drink but a delicious none alcoholic cocktail of watermelon and lime juice, syrup, mint and lemonade with plenty of crushed ice - delicious and so refreshing.
Presentation is always impressive, you find your head turning every time a waiter walks past to admire the food they're serving. We ordered scampi & chips and a lamb kofta hanging kebab.
I love scampi as much as the next person, but anywhere that gets it to look posh has to be pretty special, right?! Well The Botanist serve their scampi and salad in a mini picnic basket with a wooden bowl of really delicious chips and a tiny little white watering can of tartare sauce - genius!
The lamb kebab came hung with alternate pieces of grilled pepper and two wedges of lemon, all drizzled with a mild Piri Piri sauce and garlic butter, which hovered over a bowl of those yummy chips. I usually go for the chicken option, but this was a nice change, and it was equally as good.
As with all of my other visits, the food was faultless, as was the service and needless to say, I can't wait to return... I'm hoping to try the Sunday roast next!
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