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Recently, I was invited to have a nosey round the new Botanist in York. A short trip from Leeds and a little walk and I found nearly myself lost in Yorks streets (not trying to be poetic… I’m just bad at directions) and came to The Botanists new spot on Stonegate.

I’ve been to Leeds Botanist, at the bottom of Trinity before but as I found out, each is unique. Botanist York has the classic botanical decoration over two floors.

The bar area is cozy leading to plenty of room to dine further to the back and upstairs. I must say I am in love with the decor, there were a few bits I considered slipping into my bag but I don’t think I had enough room.botnanist-9

Anyway, first things first I checked out the cocktail menu, starting my evening with a refreshing raspberry mojito. Stomachs at the ready, we scanned the menu, ordering nibbles for the table until we could decide what to eat. We chose the pork scratching at onion flowers, both equally crunchy and delicious.

I’m incredibly fussy about pork scratchings but I have to say if you try anything try AT LEAST that. You’re welcome.

For starters, I went for the Camembert & bacon, of course. You can never go wrong with melted cheese! We also got some calamari rings, again another favorite of mine. Perfectly lightly battered with a hint of spice.

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The staff were absolutely amazing, so bubbly adding to the atmosphere. After devouring my starter and first cocktail, I went for another drink. This time I went for something more botanical than the classic mojito and it was just as delicious.

Still not quite full enough, I went off to choose one of the Botanists infamous hanging kebabs, opting for the lamb kofta. For sides I choice the honey veg and typical chips.

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My guest chose the classic fish and chips and a tasty side salad. The portions were sizeable and more than enough for the ever hungry me.

My main was a treat. The lamb was full of flavour and came with a dipping sauce. The chips, of course, were great and the vegetables were deliciously sweet.

I’m sure there’s some kind of science that says you have an extra stomach for dessert… So, to finish up we ended with sticky toffee pudding. My all time favorite dessert! And again, they passed the test. Not too sickly, just enough toffee and the perfect size after a big meal.

The Botanist is about food as much as it is delicious cocktails and ales. We wandered back down stairs for a cheeky ale tasting chef, with and incredibly talented musician playing piano and singing in the background. The Botanists beer guru Wayne let is sample a range of ales and beers he’d saught out to create the perfect menu.

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My highlights? Firstly, the Passionate Blonde IPA, with a passion fruit scent and a light blond colour. If you want to taste something fruitier, then the Big Wave actually tastes of passion fruit! Delicious. For those of you who aren’t into your ales like me, The Pacific Ale (name to be changed) has a larger smoothness but a hint of ale flavouring.

I can’t thank the botanist enough for inviting me to sample their menu and I’ll be trying them again in both Leeds and York!

Sarah x