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I’ve always maintained that if we had visitors to the region to stay with us, the Botantist would be one of the first places I would take them for something to eat. Afterall, what better way to show off our great city that with a window seat over looking the prettiest street in the country?

The New World Trading company(Owners of The Botanist) invited us along to try out some of the new drinks and dishes on their autumn menu. And after a long weekend working away in Eastbourne, some good food in a friendly relaxed setting was exactly what the doctor ordered.

For those old enough to remember; the Botantist takes up the space that used to be the old Monument Mall, and they’ve definitely made the most of the large dome which used to house the food court. It’s visually stunning and an instagrammers dream. We were lucky on this occasion and managed to score a seat right by the window, however have been before in other areas of the bar and it doesn’t really mar your experience too much.

We started with a drink while we looked through the menu; a Kiwi and Peach Martini (my two favourite fruits – I was in heaven) and a g&t for Dave. We really wanted to try some of the newer items on offer so went for a sharing board. It’s essentially like tapas, you order 4 dishes for £11.95 (you can add on more for an extra cost) and went for chorizo stew, crispy pork, baked brie and scotch egg (has to be done doesn’t it?) they all come warm and served with a massive chunk of bread for dipping purposes. It was the perfect way to start for our cosy Tuesday night tea.

Now, have you even been to the Botanist if you don’t have one of their famous hanging kebabs? They’ve added loads more to their arsenal including lots of vegan options; we however, being the carnivores that we are, went for the surf & turf and the duck. Both were cooked perfectly and came with garlic sauce and plum sauce respectively and a bowl of skinny fries. The prawns and steak in the surf and turf were wrapped and cooked in chillis which meant they had a lovely spicy kick to them, so bear that in mind if you’re not a fan of da spice. But it was perfect for me. The Duck was cooked pink and was beautifully succulent and full of flavour.

A glass of red for Dave and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (my fave) for me, helped wash it all down nicely.

We don’t always go for pudding but I think with the cold weather coming in we’re fattening up for the winter and I simply cannot walk away from cookie dough. In the absence of any cheesecake (which we thought odd on such an extensive dessert menu) Dave went for the sticky toffee pudding, and I ate the cookie dough in about 5 seconds flat and that’s a nod to how quickly I eat things not on the size.

Our one bugbear? How long it takes for cocktails to be made. The restaurant is serviced by the same bar as that of people just popping in for a drink. And time and time again it always appears understaffed meaning if someone in front of you is ordering round of cocktails, it takes ages to get served. We certainly found this with our first round of drinks, however our wine came quickly in comparison.

Overall though it’s not like we were in a massive rush so had a lovely time and were pleased to see how busy it was on a seemingly random Tuesday night in October.

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**Editors Note

The first time i walked into the Botanist i was blown away with the decor and surroundings. Signage, Rustic look in places and of course the flowers and the huge tree above the bar you cannot miss! It truly is a unique venue in its style, without needing neon quotes on the wall. As noted at the top of this – the view overlooking Grey Street is also a fabulous view to have available.***Aaron Whittington

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