The Botanist Sheffield review*
Offering botanical cocktails and delicious seasonal food, The Botanist is a super cool, really instagrammable bar in the trendy Leopold Square in the city centre of Sheffield. It’s a chain with around 20 locations around the UK and I tried dinner at the West Bridgford branch a couple of years ago (read my review here). I loved it at the time, so I was really excited to try the Sheffield branch with my bestie for Sunday lunch.
The Sheffield branch of The Botanist is huge with a bar downstairs and the restaurant upstairs. It’s really beautifully decorated inside with distressed pastel painted wood, butterflies, and floral patterns everywhere. We were given the best table in the restaurant – a summer house booth in the middle of the room.
While we were having lunch there was an acoustic guitarist and singer playing and it really added to the lovely atmosphere of the restaurant. It was the right volume and not intrusive – the perfect accompaniment to our lunch.
The Botanist is famous for its dramatic cocktails and we (of course) sampled a couple of different ones. Our waitress recommended the raspberry Disaronno sour which is Disaronno, raspberry liqueir, raspberry puree and lemon juice and is served in a plant pot. When it was brought to our table, the waitress poured the liquid into the plant pot and the dry ice effect was spectacular. It tasted delicious too – sour but fresh and was super drinkable, I could have had more than just a couple!
We also tried a couple of other cocktails including the Botanist pornstar which was a pornstar martini – one of my faves! The only issue was that there were too many cocktails to try and not enough time.
With cocktails so amazing, you might think that food would be an afterthought here but that was definitely not the case. The food was amazing! I went for calamari to start with and was expecting the standard rings, but these were smaller pieces of squid in a delicious salt and pepper breadcrumb that was really light and tasty. My bestie opted for chicken wings to start and it was a huge portion.
As it was Sunday, I went for one of the Sunday lunch options – pork belly. I was really torn between lamb, beef and pork as they do all three, plus chicken and vegetarian options. The dinner was delicious – the meat was super tender, it was served with a huge Yorkshire pudding and the vegetables were perfect. I loved the roasted carrots which tasted super sweet.
The staff at The Botanist were great – they couldn’t do enough for you and were really attentive.
For a casual Sunday day sash I wore this oversize cropped jumper which I was gifted from Femme Luxe teamed with some black skinny high waisted jeans from Boohoo and some patent boots from Primark.
Find out more about The Botanist and where your nearest bar is here.
[I was invited to review The Botanist in Sheffield and given a complimentary meal, however, all opinions are my own]