May 11, 2018
Offering one of the most unique interiors in the whole city, The Botanist in Birmingham is a shrine to contemporary cocktails and British dining in an altogether distinctive setting. Decked out (quite literally) with wooden floors, ceilings and wall panels, stepping inside The Botanist is like stepping into something resembling a Victorian sitting room crossed with an old fashioned country restaurant. Feel confused? Don’t be – all you need to know is that the venue is remarkable in more ways than one. Pulling up a chair and perusing the drinks menu, you’ll discover a treasure trove of fresh and fruity cocktails, long drinks, gin & tonics, wines and champagnes. Cocktails are presented in novel glassware (jam jars and flower pots both make an appearance) and often with fresh herb or flower garnishes. Favorites include the What’s Up Doc? (micro celery herb, carrot juice, lemon juice, gin and Italian aperitif), The Botanist (vodka, rum, elderflower liqueur, red amaranth, mint, jasmine syrup, lime juice and lemonade) and the Sugar Snap and Mint Martini (gin, herbal liqueur, lime juice and apple juice shaken with mint and sugar snap peas). Then there’s a selection of sharing cocktails, served in a watering can, along with some frothy prosecco-based flute cocktails and a range of mocktails that even make some alcohol drinkers jealous. When it comes to the food at The Botanist, the menu consists of many modern takes on British classics (think homemade Scotch eggs, prawn cocktail and Sunday roasts) that are all served with as much love and attention as the libations.