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The Botanist Marlow Review

Marlow is a great spot for cocktails with the girls, brunch with family or a gossip over dinner, so when The Botanist asked me to pop in and try their new menu, I jumped at the chance!

First Impressions

I love the decor of The Botanist in Marlow; it has a homely pub vibe, complete with a fireplace in the centre of the restaurant, and I love the relaxed colour palette, the wooden beams and the rustic feel; it gives the restaurant that casual atmosphere that makes it perfect for a relaxing meal with friends and family. For a Tuesday night, the restaurant was pretty busy but we were quickly seated and handed one of their gorgeous new menus...

What We Drank...

The Botanist Marlow Review

Of course we couldn't resist trying a couple of The Botanist's cocktails! I decided to go for the Tiki Thyme, a delicious blend of spiced rum, pink grapefruit liqueur, banana syrup, fresh ginger, pineapple and lime juice. It was served in the cutest Koala glass with 25p of each drink being donated to the Tim Bacon foundation, who raise funds to help support those with cancer. You can also buy a glass for £2 with the money raised going to the cause! Gem opted for the Apricot Mai Tai which was a mix of rum, Velvet Falernum, apricot liqueur, almond syrup, apricot purée, bay leaves and lime juice. It was like a holiday in a glass!

What We Ate...

The Botanist Marlow Review

For our starter, we decided to share the baked camembert. It is served in a garlic and rosemary bread bowl with an apple and chutney on the side, and oh my soul is it delightful. My only negative would be that it is huge. Whilst we shared it between 2, it would easily go 4 ways! It is super tasty though, and if a group of you are visiting and sharing a couple of starters, definitely give this a go! I also had my eye on the deli board as the options looked amazing!

The Botanist Marlow Review

The Botanist is known for it's hanging kebabs, and I couldn't resist trying their five spice duck hanging kebab from their new menu. It is served with a hoisin sauce and a side of chips, and was absolutely delicious. The meat was cooked to perfection and the combination of flavours was divine. The Botanist do a few variations of their hanging kebab, including a vegan option of Tofurkey sausage with maple barbecue sauce, lamb kofta with harissa jam and "surf and turf" with garlic butter.

The Botanist Marlow Review

We were both feeling pretty full but decided to indulge ourselves and order the new pudding planter for dessert. It's a fab idea; a little wooden tray with plant pots of sweet treats (ice cream sandwich, Nutella donuts, etc) but unfortunately I just don't think it was executed very well. Whilst I think the presentation was lovely (the little watering can was so cute!), the most important part of food for me is the taste, and this was just a little bit of a letdown. There was nothing served on the planter that made me think "wow, I wanna have this again next time". I think in future I'd go for something like the sticky toffee pudding!


The restaurant was fairly busy when we first arrived, but we were welcomed by a lovely girl, seated quickly and had our drinks order taken whilst we perused the food menu. Our waitress Anna was great, super knowledgeable on the menu, and our cocktails and food were quick to arrive.

Final Thoughts

Other than feeling a little disappointed by our dessert, I loved the rest of my meal, had a really lovely evening and I wouldn't hesitate to return to The Botanist in Marlow in the future. Their new menu caters for so many different taste buds and I love their comfort food ethos combined with the relaxed pub-style atmosphere!

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