This beautiful secret garden restaurant is set in the heart of Coventry. It is somewhere you can enjoy crafted cocktails, deli boards, the famous hanging kebabs and much more.
Ambience & Service
The venue is decorated with plants including palm trees, green walls, a lazy river and footbridges. It definitely gives you a warm and cosy vibe. There are also two bandstands one of which is used by local artists to perform live. Botanist is great for that family meal, social outing or just a cosy meal.
I have been to the restaurant a few times and the service has always been accommodating. Staff are upbeat and ensure how to deliver that great customer service.
The menu is easy to follow and consists of deli boards, home comforts, their world-famous hanging kebabs and those mouth-watering desserts. For a limited time, you can get 1/3 off the food too by clicking here.
To start with Kev & I shared some freshly fried pork crackling. Served with a chilli jam and seasoned salt and garnished with spring onions and red chillies the pork crackling was one of the best I had. Crispy and full of flavour.
Calamari served with creme fraiche and sweet chilli dip: The calamari was beautifully presented and cooked. The combination of the seasoned calamari, fried kale, spring onions and red chillies was delicious. Each mouthful was full of flavour.
Cauliflower wings marinated in Franks hot sauce: Franks sauce is a favourite of mine and thought it was tricky to decide between the chicken or cauliflower ones I am glad I went for the latter. The cauliflower bites were so juicy and tasty. Perfectly cooked and marinated they went down a treat. The sauce had the correct spice level and balanced the cauliflower flavour.
Five-spice duck hanging kebab: The hanging kebabs are well known at Botanist. Your chosen meat/veg is delivered on a hanging kebab stand. Once on the table, a sauce is poured over the kebab to give it that extra flavour. The excess sauce drips into your fries which are at the bottom.
The one Kev ordered had cooked duck, onions and red pepper with a hoisin sauce. The server recommended the sweet chilli fries with the duck and this added to the oriental taste of the dish. The duck was marinated well and had a nice five-spice flavour to it. Combined with the peppers, onions and fries the dish was tasty.
Buttermilk chicken burger with jalapeno cheese: The burger looked appetising and was served with a portion of their garnished fries. The chicken was cooked well and had a good texture. There was a nice amount of filling in the burger however I would have liked more jalapeno cheese to add to the flavour. The bun was on the dry side too which was disappointing.
Bread and butter pudding with Nutella and Biscoff served with vanilla icecream: Served on a skillet this pudding smelt divine. With every spoonful, you could see the chocolate was oozing from the hot soft bread that so delicious. The Biscoff added a nice twist to the dessert and at the end, there wasn’t a crumb left in site.. It was a good comforting dessert.
Apple and cherry crumble with Vanilla Ice cream (Vegan): This time of year I love crumbles and it so happened that this one was Vegan and I was keen to try it. The crumble was crunchy and had a good combination of ingredients including oats. The apples were soft, delicious and warm spice flavour. It was simply divine. I could not tell the ice cream was Vegan because the taste and consistency was the same.
Botanist is somewhere you can enjoy Botanical cocktails, craft beers & ales amongst other drinks. On the evening Kev & I tried a selection of cocktails including a non-alcoholic one.
Pink Gin Punch: Beefeater Pink gin, strawberry and poppy liqueurs, raspberry syrup, rosé wine, apple and lemon juice. This was so easy to drink. Served in a tall glass I loved the sweet drink. I don’t usually like wine in cocktails but this was an exception. The balance was just right.
Raspberry Disaronno Sour: Disaronno, raspberry liqueur, raspberry purée, pomegranate and lemon juice. I have had this cocktail a few times because it is so nice. Not only does it have the wow factor when the liquid nitrogen is poured in, but it also had a great marzipan taste which I love.
Tiki Thyme: Sailor Jerry spiced rum and Gosling’s Black Seal rum, pink grapefruit liqueur, banana syrup, fresh ginger, pineapple and lime juice. The cocktail was served in a cute Koala cup. The combination of ingredients, especially the spice from the rum and the fresh ginger, made this cocktail really enjoyable.
Strawberry and Elderflower Virgin Mojito: Elderflower cordial, strawberry liqueur, lime juice and fresh mint. Kev was driving so had a mocktail to end the evening. The perfect combination of lime, mint and sugar, this mojito was refreshing.
Disclaimer: The meal was complimentary. All opinions are photos are my own.