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A Summer Sunday at The Botanist, Sloane Square

With exciting new places opening up in London on an almost daily basis it can be easy to forget about old favourites, but when my friend Gemma suggested Sunday lunch at The Botanist in Sloane Square I was keen to revisit one of my much loved locals. When you walk past The Botanist, there’s always a lively buzz, people spilling outside on to the pavement; stylish Made in Chelsea girls, people in suits coming for after work drinks and couples heading to pretty Sloane Square for an evening drink.

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Sundays at the Botanist are much quieter, we were surrounded by families, couples having lazy Sunday lunches and small groups enjoying brunch. There were five of us for lunch, Anna, Gemma and Gemma’s cousins Ally and Amy, the ‘A’ names were in the majority today…

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The Botanist serves a British / Modern European menu with a great selection of choices and with it being a hot day a few of us were grateful for the lighter options.

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Gemma got cracking with a whole lobster with garlic and tarragon butter and fries…the lobster had perfectly cooked succulent flesh, though we all agreed breaking into a lobster was too much hard work for a lazy Sunday.

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Anna went for a gorgeous summer salad with kiln-roast salmon, peaches, feta cheese and pine nuts. There’s something about fruit in a salad that’s just so summery and I loved the vibrant colours of this dish.

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Though my grilled lemon sole wasn’t so photogenic, it was perfectly cooked and only needed a small amount of extra seasoning…plus I added to the colour with a beautiful tomato salad on the side…

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But the piece de resistance was Ally and Amy’s rump of Cumbrian beef Sunday roast…

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‘I hope you girls are hungry’ I said, taking in the Yorkshire pudding that was approximately the size of Ally’s head…

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And that was before the accompaniments arrived! With the challenge set, Amy and Ally set about climbing their Everest and rather impressively the girls finished pretty much the whole thing with only a few vegetables left over. The girls immensely enjoyed the meal, the only negative being the delay in bringing the horse radish.

All in all it was a wonderful Sunday lunch at The Botanist in Sloane Square, and a little reminder that I should visit old favourites more often!

The Botantist
No. 7 Sloane Square
London
SW1W 8EE
020 7730 0077

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  • Lucy

    That is the challenge with being a food blogger in the quest to try new places it naturally means some of your old favourites get forgotten about. The Botanist is lovely, great food and service, also near John Lewis which I always enjoy shopping in. Never had a botanist roast but looks delicious so definitely need to try this next time Lucy x

    • Exactly, I have blogged about a few places twice though 😉
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Catherine Lux

    The food looks great! I love The Botanist for drinks, their cocktails are brilliant, but I’ve never eaten there before! Will have to give it a try 🙂

    C x | Lux Life

    • I love the seafood options there but there’s lots to choose from 🙂

  • I need to take my Englishman here!!

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I’ve got to be honest, although I really like the atmosphere at the Botanist for drinks, the one and only time I ate there was a few years ago for breakfast and I hate to say it but my breakfast experience there with Eggs Benedict was awful – and I’m really not a fussy girl usually at restaurants!! Needless to say, I didn’t rush back but everything’s worth a second chance after all and looking at this display, perhaps it’s time I ventured back to try again, especially for that lobster meal which looks delicious!

    • I’ve been there for brunch / breakfast a few times and I enjoyed…I think it’s time you gave it a second time, there’s a lobster with your name on it 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Agree that it’s nice to just go to old comforting favourites versus always being on the hunt for new new new! The food looks delish! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • That sunday roast looks incredible! x

  • I have to admit this was one of my old stomping grounds when I was single but I never ate there! The Yorkshire pud looks the business

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Lol! A lot of people seem to go there for the wine 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Everything looks so delicious 🙂 Especially the last dish (I love vegetables 🙂

    http://www.travelekspert.com

  • Oooooh pretty! I’ve always partied next door to The Botanist (Kitts, then its next incarnation Tonteria) or walked past it but never actually stopped to go in. I’m not a huge Sunday lunch fan though – what’s the menu like on a weekday? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • I’ve been on a weekday and it’s pretty tasty brasserie food. I’ve never been to Kitts but I experienced Tonteria for the first time last year…
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Goodness me, I thought you said everyone was going for lighter options… though that Sunday roast does look good!

  • That Yorkshire pud! <3 I need some, now! I love finding places that excel in Sunday lunches – such an important part of the week 😉

    • I know! I have a few other gems if you need them 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Great post! I love that restaurant. Always a good time!

  • Looks so tasty, I adore Yorkshire’s too! I want to start exploring more areas as well. I feel like I know my local area quite well now!

    Katie <3

  • Love and Limoncello

    I used to love going to the Botanist, back when I enjoyed cocktails more than tea I would start off there and end up in Kitts next door. I should try their food as it does look good. Xx

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

    • lol!! The wine is good there too! I’ve never actually been to Kitts.

  • That Sunday roast looks amazing! I haven’t one in awhile maybe i might this Sunday…

    Tahira | http://ramblingsofafoodaddict.com/

  • I doo love the Botanist. I’ve only ever been there for cocktails, but now that I’ve seen that Yorkshire I think I’m going to have to rectify this!!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • I think you certainly do 😉 They also serve English sparkling wine which gets the thumbs up from me 🙂
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Fantastic photos Angie! I agree that it is so great to rediscover what you love about old favourites. Looks like this place does classics well – I’m craving sole with that tomato salad now! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure