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The Botanist is an all-together different creature from Tom and Ed Martin’s usual Brit gastropubs – a pulsating bar/restaurant that’s become the frenetic hub of Sloane Square. An affluent crowd spills onto the street from the perpetually busy bar, where Champagne looms large on the chrome counter and sliding doors separate the imbibers from the (marginally) more civilised restaurant. The dining room’s art-deco chandeliers and a mural of Victorian botanical prints create a handsome backdrop for a menu that combines Brit ingredients with global flavours (sea bass ceviche with avocado, grapefruit and chilli, say). We reckon the kitchen works best when treating its exemplary produce simply – witness sautéed lamb’s paired beautifully with morels, broad beans and onion purée, or commendably executed lemon sole meunière. To finish, the Botanist’s take on chocolate bomb is just that – ‘da bomb’. Extravagant cocktails and a host of wines by the glass fuel the good times, as do the extra-friendly staff.

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The Botanist Sloane Square

7 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8EE

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May 2013

The two of us both chose the roast beef. It was excellent. I particularly liked the selection and amount of vegetables which are so skimpy in many restaurants. Despite my misgivings I also enjoyed the lavender ice cream with the cheesecake. The staff were attentive but patient when we kept failing to address ourselves to the menu. This was much appreciated as the two of us hadn't seen each other for at least two years and had a lot of catching up to do! The restaurant had a good buzz but not so we...

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Marcia F.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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7 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8EE

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Apr 2012

Poor quality meat wasbadly cooked – it was tough and unappetising. I had to leave it. Really poor value for money and quality. Staff have no awareness of different types of coffee and lacked training. Couldn't wait to leave and have no intentions of going back

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 1

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7 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8EE

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by   silver reviewer (22)

Nov 2011

Hungry after having been to an inspiring play at the Royal Court Theatre on the Sloane Square, the Botanist on the corner seemed like a good idea for dinner before we were to retire for the evening. As you enter, there is a chic drinks bar and restaurant, each with its own specific areas and both buzzing with activity I must say on this Friday evening. Though we did not have reservations, we were courteously shown to our table for 2 and quickly settled into making orders and enjoying the slick...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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7 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8EE

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by   silver reviewer (17)

Apr 2011

Ahh the Botanist…we have shared many great evenings and indeed, mornings, together! Having lived just down the road from the Botanist it became my local and I must say now it isn't on my doorstep I do miss it. This is the place for an evening of cocktails, canapes and laughter with friends. The champagne cocktails paired with chilli salt squid, steak tartare and Spanish olives is just divine. The salmon fishcakes are also incredible and to be honest Ive eaten so many I'm surprised I didn't turn...

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Louise A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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7 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8EE

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by   bronze reviewer (10)

Mar 2011

Editor's pick I recently visited The Botanist on one of my friend's recommendations, she told me to be prepared to fight my way through some perfectly described ‘Sloane rangers’ sipping cocktails in the bar to get to the restaurant. She was right, with fighting gloves on we patiently navigated our way through the beautiful crowd to get to the dining room. We didn't make a booking but were lucky enough to be shown straight to a table. The menu was different to the one that my friend had described to me but our...

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Maggie's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Mar 2011

The Botanist is a charming place- dinner is a bit sedate, but lovely bar. I liked how the crowds are boisterous & dress to impress. A scene of Chelsea girls, boys & wannabes, a great destination for summer drinks. I've also had tea there & it was a good choice. I liked how it was a bit eccentric, yet traditional. Somehow I always feel like I've had a good night after visiting there.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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by   (1)

Feb 2011

I popped into the Botanist for brunch with a friend before doing some shopping on Kings Road. I absolutely loved it. I found the staff professional and friendly and the food was delicious. I had the eggs benedict and even treated myself to a glass of buck's fizz! I would definitely recommend dropping by- it was the perfect start to my day!

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Feb 2011

We arrived at The Botanist for lunch. Overall the meal was up to its usual high standard, staff are always helpful and courteous but with I think it was 2 staff to a full restaurant, wine refilling and any requests were difficult to achieve and kept breaking into our conversations. I had jerusalem artichoke soup – tasty but rather watery. My friend had a lovely salad of red endive, walnuts and all sorts of yummy ingredients. All was going well until my friend reached nearly the end of her salad...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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