makes full, theatrical use of a vast, historic space with an abundance of welcoming wit and flair
Making a home in the Grade II* listed Octagon building on Milsom Street was never going to be an easy task. The Botanist, however – a link in an ever-expanding chain of around 18 similarly-styled (think, quirky, eclectic décor with a strong emphasis on elegant shrubbery) ventures across the UK – have accomplished the task with a grand, dramatic flourish, making full, theatrical use of the vast, historic space with an abundance of welcoming wit and flair.
Central to proceedings, a sparkling, circular bar – naturally lit from above courtesy of a stunning central ceiling dome – specialises in “unusual concoctions” and classic cocktails largely muddled with fresh herbs, fruit and citrus juices alongside an “Ale Inventory” and a New World wine list. You can sit at the bar, chill out in the bar area, or take to a table on the upper level mezzanine dining room, which overs a bird’s eye view across the all the entry-level merriment.
Food menus rock along to a similarly flexible beat, with breakfast served from 10am-12noon Friday-Sunday seguing into lunchtime deli, rotisserie and grill dishes (2-courses for £12.95 from 12noon-5.30pm every weekday), and dinner bringing a huge selection of something for everyone – including The Botanist’s trademark Hanging Kebabs, highly recommended – to the party. Carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike are all exceptionally well-catered to, Sunday lunches are splendid, and both gluten-free and kids selections go large too; quite simply, if you can’t find anything to eat here, you’re just being silly. Meanwhile, below stairs….
The aptly-named Beneath offers an opportunity to discover “powerful new prescriptions and laboratory favourites” – which loosely translates as an intelligent selection of imaginatively-named upper-crust cocktails and all manner of party-on liquid refreshment – served in a uniquely atmospheric, grown up environment.
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities
Sunday-Wednesday 12noon-midnight; Thursday 12noon-1am; Friday-Saturday 12noon-1.30pm
Beneath: Thursday-Saturday 8pm-midnight; Sunday 5pm-midnight. Also available for private hire.
The tiny main entrance just across the road from Jolly’s on Milsom Street belies the voyage of discovery within