A few nights ago I headed out with my Mam to sample The Botanist Newcastle New Menu Launch. The Botanist opened it’s doors in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne almost five years ago this winter. Known for its impressive interiors, delicious cocktails and hanging kebabs, it has become a go-to for locals and visitors alike. I mean, where else would you find a tree in the centre of the bar, let alone the amazing dome!
I used to think The Botanist was more of a bar but I love going there for food and the cosy, pub-style atmosphere. There’s always a warm welcome when you arrive and are taken to your table. If you manage to get one overlooking the bar it is so good for people watching. The live music is always a winner for me, too. I love nothing more than listening to an acoustic singer so this is a big winner for me, and on Monday evening we were treated to cover versions of everything from Sam Fender to Bewitched and The Spice Girls. It made for such a good atmosphere.
Home Comforts & Traditional Favourites
Now let’s get down to the reason you’re here – the new menu launch. Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Beef Stew and Dumplings. Could you get a more traditional menu that this? Add in Seabass with Chorizo and Roast Veg, Jackfruit Curry and Prawn Linguine and the decision is so difficult. A couple of trips to sample more dishes are on the cards I think.
For starters, I went for the Garlic Mushrooms served with toast and my Mam chose the Cumberland Scotch Eggs. Both absolute classic pub-style dishes. Both were delicious but could have been a little hotter. The restaurant was very busy so I think our food may have sat waiting for to be brought out for a little while meaning the toast was cold when it arrived. The mushrooms themselves and the Cumberland Scotch Eggs were lovely.
Brand New Hanging Kebabs
The hanging kebabs have to be the most famous dish on The Botanist Menu, and with good reason. The new menu is packed with choices – anything from Crispy Halloumi with Garlic Butter to Surf and Turf. My Mam ordered the Salt and Pepper Pork with Sweet Chilli, Lime, and Soy, while I went for the Chicken and Chorizo. I asked for my chips to be swapped out for sweet potato fries and it wasn’t a problem at all. Both of these hanging kebabs were great. Just the right amount of vegetables on the kebab with the meat and I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet potato fries. The only negative I’d say is that the chorizo was cut into really big chunks. For me, it meant that it was a little too overpowering and I ended up leaving it quite a bit. If it was cut even in half it would have been better proportioned. That’s just me though, some people may enjoy the bigger chunks of chorizo.
Even though I was already full – not going to lie, the button popped open after the main course! – I couldn’t resist and had to try a dessert. I had my eye on the Apple and Cherry Crumble, while my Mam was going to order the Lemon Tart with Rasberry Sorbet and Crushed Honeycomb. Unfortunately, they had run out of both of these dishes alongside a few others. We didn’t fancy anything too heavy so we went for the Pudding Planter. This should have included ice cream sandwich, apple and cherry fool, Nutella doughnuts, and salted caramel and Biscoff muffin. I say should have, because they had also run out of the Nutella Doughnuts. The muffin was delicious but I couldn’t eat much of it as I was so full. It was a bit of a disappointment how little choice we actually had.
Alongside The Botanist Newcastle New Menu launch there is also a range of cocktails available in alcohol-free versions, too. You can choose from a Strawberry and Elderflower Mojito, The Botanist, Thai Chilli Crush, Apricot Mai Tai, Rhubarb and Sage Spritz, Peach and Kiwi Fizz, and the Rasberry Disaronno Sour which I sampled. It was a little on the sour side for me, which is unusual as I enjoy sour things normally. Perhaps it was because I was drinking it alongside dessert that I found it super sour. Alcohol-free cocktails are a great idea for evenings when you don’t want to drink alcohol
(or can’t – I was driving) but you still fancy a cocktail.
If you’d like to head to The Botanist to sample the menu for yourself I have a code for you (not an affiliate) where you will receive a third off your food bill for one week only (doesn’t include Saturday. Simply click this link and book your table. The 3/4 off your total food bill will be applied when you receive the bill.