Since its arrival in Trinity, The Botanist Trinity Leeds has become one of Leeds’ most talked about bars, and with its quirky features, revolutionary cocktails and mouth-watering menu it’s not hard to see why.
Now with summer on the horizon The Botanist Trinity Leeds has continued to stay one step ahead by having a little spruce up of its menus to stay right on seasonal trend, and with me being a fan of this place already, I couldn’t wait to head down to try out the new options.
Having a Monday night out date in the diary with my friend (and soon to be new roomie) Lucy we were both in agreement that The Botanist would be a perfect choice for such occasion. Situated behind Trinity Church at the base of the Trinity Centre, The Botanist is a hidden haven just off busy Boar Lane, which on first impressions wouldn’t look out of place in the Shire.
When taking the steps down to The Botanist Trinity Leeds it has an almost magical feel to it, and although I have visited on many occasions I still get that little spark of the weird and wonderful. The basement venue is made up of the main bar area with the restaurant seating along the side and to the rear. The décor of The Botanist is like no other…It is original, shabby chic, rustic, creative, the list goes on…Tie this with the daily live music and the mix ‘n’ match crockery and you have the recipe for a laid back, yet buzzing, aura.
On entrance we were met by our server for the evening who escorted us to our table and gave us a run through of the extensive drinks options, typical of us we ordered a bottle of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, however the choice doesn’t stop there. The Botanist has a huge selection of speciality beers and ciders from around the world, and of course its famous cocktails which we would definitely be indulging in by the end of our night.
The Botanist’s food menu is packed with traditional starters, nibbles, deli boards and home comfort mains, and with every dish as appealing as the next decision making could prove to be a difficult task.
Wanting to try a selection to start, Lucy and I opted for a Deli Board with olives, houmous, Prosciutto Ham and Camembert served with Turkish Flatbread, we also couldn’t resist the Cumberland and Pork Chipolatas and Baked Camembert (cheese addicts). The Deli Board is a great sharing option that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, and if our choices aren’t to your fancy there are 17 other possibilities from which to decide. Now I’m not new to the Cumberland and Pork Chipolatas, I’m not even that into mini sausages but there is something about these that have me hooked, they are tasty and juicy, and pair perfectly with the honey wholegrain mustard. The Baked Camembert was an impulsive afterthought order which we were grateful we made, the gooey cheese was complimented by herbs and walnuts, and was served with flatbread, apple and grapes, no guessing as to how quickly we polished it off!
For our mains we both went for an ‘Off the Barbeque’ dish although Lucy was almost swayed by the classic Fish and Chips. I had seen and heard about The Botanists notorious Hanging Kebabs but up until this night was yet to try one, I went for the Beef option, and Lucy opted for a 9oz Ribeye steak. As suggested my kebab came hanging with a portion of properly seasoned chips, the kebab was sopped with sweet chilli, ginger and garlic butter which drizzled down to flavour the cleverly positioned chips. The portion of meat was generous as was the chargrilled veg which accompanied it, I also ordered a couple of side of White Cabbage Coleslaw and sugar snap peas (in attempt to add a hint of healthy). Lucy was very satisfied with her Ribeye and went as far to say it was the best steak she’d had in ages, and from someone who works in the trade that’s quite the compliment. Although we went for a bit of a meat feast with our mains there is a wide variety of equally as tempting options, who can beat the home comforts of a good old Steak and Stout Pie, or the Cauliflower Cheese veggie alternative? And for the more health conscious there are 3 salads from which to choose.
Feeling close to bursting there was no chance of us squeezing in a Sticky Toffee Pudding so a liquid dessert of refreshing Passion fruit Mojitos was the only way to go. As already mentioned The Botanist is famous for its cocktails and rightly so, all the bar tenders are expertly trained to concoct the most delicious of mixtures, with the Peach and Basil Margarita being a particular favourite of mine.
If dining and drinking alfresco is your thing The Botanist also has that covered, it has two outside terraces, one of which is purely for dining, that, thanks to the overhead heaters and shelters, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
With our ‘it’s only Monday’ heads on Lucy and I unfortunately had to call it a night after our cocktails, but even though it was gone ten o clock on a week night the bar was still going strong, that’s something that tends to be the case on every one of my visits, the place is always sufficiently busy which bodes well for a decent atmosphere.
Our evening at The Botanist was faultless, the food, the drink, and the service were all spot on, their attention to detail is first class, and whatever the occasion you are bound to enjoy.
Now which cocktail next?
For more Information:
Address: The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW
Telephone: 0113 205 3240
Sun – Wed: 12pm – 12am
Thurs: 12pm – 1am
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 2am