It doesn’t open officially until Monday, but I was lucky enough to be invited down to check out the Botanist Birmingham ahead of the opening of its wrought-iron gates to the public.
I spent far too much of the evening exclaiming “isn’t it pretty” but it’s true. There’s lots of lovely quirks and features; wrought iron, chemistry sets, ornate lighting, a variety of seating and a well stocked bar. It’s definitely a space which will work well during the day for a coffee or crafty cocktail, but also in the evenings for a relaxed dinner and/or drinks. Despite being in the heart of the city centre, Botanist Birmingham have cleverly managed to make an outdoor space which will be perfect for the warmer weather.
The team, led by Julian Rose-Gibbs, previously of The Victoria on John Bright St, were attentive, polite and well informed. It’s always nice to hear staff give recommendations, and even between when they feel genuine, which these did. Bar manager Katie Rouse’s suggestions for cocktails were spot on.
I tried a couple of their cocktails as well as a few dishes on the menu and was impressed with each of them. I’m looking forward heading back to try out some more of their offerings and will report back soon. In the mean time, here’s some photos from my evening…
Botanist Birmingham, Temple St, Birmingham City Centre