The Botanist in Deansgate – What’s it all about?
Decorated with a secret garden theme, the botanist should appeal to those who are after something a little different from the exposed brick and industrial chic that has prevailed across much of Manchester over the last decade. The botanist feels like a horticultural hideaway in the heart of the city centre.
What made you check out the Botanist?
For 2018, the Botanist has launched a new Vegan menu, making it easier than ever for Vegan Mancunians to eat out without having to make any special arrangements or struggle to find somewhere suitable. This can only be a very good thing!
What would you recommend on the Vegan Menu
To start, we ordered a vegan starter each. I went for the truffle mushrooms, diced white mushrooms with truffle oil served on a chargrilled ciabatta.
Lizzie chose the Roast Pepper, Soya Bean and Tomato Pil Pil served in a clay pot. For those who haven’t heard of it, Pil Pil is a sauce traditionally made using skin-on fish or prawns. Here, the vegan version goes big on the oil and garlic to bring maximum flavour.
The roast pepper Pil Pil is served with fougasse bread, an authentic touch.
We would happily order them both of them again but even though we’re fans of mushrooms we surprisingly preferred the Pil Pil – If you’re looking for starter suggestions or a few small plates to go with your drinks these two are perfect.
Anything else on the menu you would recommend?
For those following a vegetarian diet, The Botanist puts on one of the best veggie Sunday Roasts in town. For just £10.95, the Mushroom, Lentil, Stilton and Chesnut Roast is the perfect Sunday treat at the end of a weekend. Served with Homemade veggie gravy, the botanist is easily in my top 5 places for Sunday Roast, especially as nut roasts are so hard to find outside of the Christmas season. Be sure to check it out!
Is there anything that you wouldn’t order again?
The only dish that didn’t live up to my expectations was the Falafel Kebab. It’s served with a generous helping of Vegetable couscous and a herb sauce. I’m not usually a fan of these hanging kebabs but as this was a new vegan main dish I was keen to give it a try. However, as soon as it was placed in front of me the food began to slide down the skewer before I even touched it. I wasn’t able to grab a picture of it before this happened.
How where the cocktails at the Botanist?
The cocktails at the Botanist are not going to disappoint. Whether you are a cocktail connoisseur, a martini lover or just like to keep it old fashioned there is something for everyone. Along with the places such as the Alchemist and Epernay, the Botanist is one of the best cocktail bars in Manchester.
Out of the cocktails we tried on the day my favourite was the Pimm’s Tea Cup, the perfect drink during summer. As well as Pimms (obviously) the teapot comes crammed with cranberry, poppy liqueur and lemon, all shaken with a dash of breakfast tea.
Overall, the Botanist delivers with a Vegan Menu that offers both variety and quality, we especially loved the Sunday Nut Roast, a rare find in Manchester.
If you are looking for a venue for your next meet-up, night out or Weekend wind down then the Botanist is a great choice!
Looking for something a bit different in Deansgate? Why not check out Roxy’s Pool Hall and Ball Room just a few doors down from the Botanist.
The Botanist Manchester
78 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2FW