Living in South Liverpool, I always forget just how close and accessible Chester is. If we ignore the faff of the new bridge and the toll situation, it’s super easy to jump on a train from South Parkway and 25 mins later, you’re in the heart of Chester. Last week I was invited along to The Botanist to sample the new menu launch, so with it being a weekend, I invited my Mum along with me and off we went to Chester for the day.
Chester is such a beautiful city and The Botanist is tucked away long one of the side streets, just in front of the cathedral. I always think of The Botanist as being in the same league as The Alchemist and those types of bar/restaurants. A chain, but slightly boujie and a good place to head along to day or night, whether you’re in the mood for food or just want to stick around for drinks.
Before I get into what we ate, if you want to book in at the Chester restaurant and receive a third off your bill, use this link to book; https://thebotanist.uk.com/locations/chester/offer/autumn-menuhttps://thebotanist.uk.com/locations/chester/offer/autumn-menu
Arriving at 1.30pm, just following the lunch time period, we were led upstairs to our table. Bright, airy and with a cosy feel, The Botanist as I good shout for mates dates, date days or time spent with family. Selecting from the main menu, we got stuck in to selecting our choices and devouring the drinks menu!
The weather on the day we called was just on the cusp of turning cold and winter-like, the day before the clocks rolled all the way back to winter. So, whilst we enjoyed our drinks, Pink Gin Punch for my Mum and a Passionfruit Colada for, we browsed the menu and both ended up choosing a traditional winter warmer dish and something a little bit festive to start….
Spoilt for choice, once we spotted a sharing Camembert on the menu, we just knew that was our order. A gooey, oozing, melted camembert baked (roasted? How is a camembert cooked?!) inside a rounded rosemary and garlic bread bowl, plus a side of chilli jam, it was delicious and ideal for the lead-up to the festive season!
Due to the day of our visit being so wet and windy, winter warmers were on the menu. Mum opted for Beef Stew and Dumplings with a side of warmed red cabbage, whilst I spotted pie on the menu made my mind up instantly!
I went for the Mushroom and Squash pie with a side of peppered chips and gravy. So yummy and moreish. The menu had a variety of veggie and vegan dishes, plus a separate gluten-free menu, which was great to see!
Stuffed after two indulgent courses, we didn’t have room for dessert! Such a lovely lunch venue and good atmosphere. Definitely worth another trip back to Chester to visit again!