The invitation welcomed us to take a tour around the new venue, sample their food menu and have a cocktail or two, before its official opening on December 15.
Arriving at a small door opposite Waterstones, I didn’t know what to expect. However, once the lift doors had opened to the first floor I was captivated instantly. The concept of the place is nothing I have ever seen before, it’s breath-taking and completely draws you in.
The walls are decorated with bare bricks and wooden beams, with vintage style wooden furniture, which has been splashed with paint, and entwined between tables and chairs are hand-crafted iron panels, which were especially made for the building.
In the centre you’ve seen nothing like it before – a giant tree, which sits above the bar and is filled with flickering lanterns, creating an enchanting and picturesque view.
There’s certainly a whimsical and magical vibe about the place and playing live music throughout the afternoon kept the atmosphere relaxed but up beat – definitely a place to bring friends.
After taking in the spectacular surroundings we were whisked up the spiral staircase to the second floor where there was more tables and chairs, which oversee the streets of Newcastle.
Before heading to see the outdoor balcony there’s also a function room, which I can only describe looks like the Mad Hatter’s tea party before the session has begun. There’s a long table with odd chairs, a grandmother clock, a oversized lamp and a variety of decorations.
After the tour we were shown to our table and our tasting session began. Out of the wide range of cocktails I chose The Botanist cocktail, which is a mix on the classic mojito and was delicious! (The Botanist cocktail is the cocktail on the left in the first picture, it has the pink flower in it.)
For food, Eve ordered the ribeye steak with garlic butter and chips, while I decided on the thai green chicken curry with coriander rice and a side of chips – I can’t have a curry without chips.
I love how it was presented, I wasn’t expecting the curry and rice to be in separate bowls on a wooden board and it tasted pretty good, just enough kick without it being too spicy. But the best was yet to come.
We were too tempted by the sounds of the sweet dessert hanging kebabs not to try them out and I’m so glad we did. I chose a mix of strawberries and toasted marshmallows, covered in chocolate sauce with a scoop of ice cream and it was the perfect ending to my meal.
I was so full I could have had a nap then and there, but bursting at the seams we both left thinking the same thing – we need to bring the girls here!
Please let me know if any of you have been to The Botanist and what you’re thoughts are, or if you have any cocktails to recommend!
Sarah Jayne x