I’ve been in The Botanist in Sheffield a couple of times for drinks in the bar but it was only last time I visited that I realised it had a restaurant upstairs too. I love the vibe of The Botanist so knew that next time I was in town I wanted to try eating there. So I made a date to have lunch with my oldest son Liam and booked us a table.
The restaurant is up quite a lot of stairs… I’d recommend you take the lift. I didn’t and had to pause for a breather when I got to the top! Climbing the stairs was worth ever moment though as the restaurant is stunning! We were quite blown away and stood for a few minutes to take in the beauty.
We were the first people in the restaurant so actually had the pick of the tables which was nice and we had time to chat and browse the menus before the waitress came to take our order. The waitress was lovely, super attentive and made us feel looked after during our visit… as there were only two other tables in the whole time we were there we didn’t feel rushed at all, it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
For starters Liam went for the king prawn and chorizo cazuela – served with baked sourdough (£6.95) which he said was full of flavour and very very tasty, although the bread could have done with a bit of butter.
I used to love scotch eggs when I was little, if it was scotch egg for school dinner it was a really happy day for me! I keep seeing them being made on Masterchef and I said to James last year that I had never actually tried a proper homemade scotch egg so when I saw this scotch egg with piccalilli (£5.95) on the menu I just had to order it. I was not at all disappointed, it was DELICIOUS! Really gorgeous crispy sausage meat with a lovely runny egg! Perfection!
Liam chose The Botanist’s famous hanging kebab for his main course and I was rather jealous to be honest! He went for the salt and pepper pork belly with sweet chilli, apple and coriander sauce and properly seasoned chips (£12.95) which he said was just divine. It had a little pot of sauce that the waitress tipped in the top when she brought it to the table and it drizzled all over the pork and the chips.
For my main course I went for the beef burger with tomato, red onion and rocket (£10.95) which in all honesty wasn’t perfect. It was a little cold and there was far too much salsa under the burger so the bottom half of the bread was incredibly soggy. I think I would opt for something else next time… it wasn’t bad enough for me to not return.
All in all we had a great lunch, we didn’t have any space left for dessert so went downstairs for another drink. I will say The Botanist has a wonderful extensive cocktail menu but it is rather pricey so we stuck to wine (for me) and beer for Liam.
All this lovely food was washed down with some wine, beer and wonderful company. I am so lucky to have this boy as my son! He is such wonderful person and just fantastic company! We try and meet up for lunch every month while he is at university so we will be sharing our lunch dates with you all in future. We will definitely be headed back to The Botanist at some point in the near future but if you have any suggestions of places in Sheffield that we should try then do let me know. 🙂
* This review is completely honest and all the food was paid for 100% by ourselves. We have had no contact with The Botanist other than to eat there as paying customers, we just wanted to share our experience with you all.