Review on The Botanist
The Botanist is a Chelsea addition to Tom and Ed Martin's ever-growing tally of re-fashioned London pubs (they also own the Gun and the White Swan, Fetter Lane, among others), the Botanist inhabits the shell of an extinct city boozer (it used to be the Royal Court Tavern). A clever modern makeover with a touch of sleekness and chic has given the place a new identity - although the Victorian prints and illustrations from explorer/botanist Sir Hans Sloane (he of Sloane Square) are the real eye-catchers and help to explain the pub's new name.
The kitchen colours its British intentions with a few Gallic and Italian flourishes, offering grilled mackerel with braised baby fennel and slow-roast tomato alongside smoked chicken, morel and foie gras terrine. The extravagant Botanist seasonal salad is a cornucopia of good, healthy things, and other main courses extend to wild sea trout with mussels, samphire and fennel consommé or roast suckling pig with caramelised onion purée, apple compote and Calvados jus.
True-Brit desserts such as rhubarb and apple crumble or chocolate pudding are supplemented by luscious 'coupes' including Knickerbocker Glory. The well-spread wine list includes a few bottles from from Chapel Down vineyard in Kent.
The Botanist is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00am - 11.30am Mon-Fri (9.00 - 11.30am Sat-Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card