You may have seen from the size of my thighs, I am a huge foodie. I am not a massive lover of alcohol though, I never have been. I like the odd fruity cocktail, but you will always find me at the buffet of any party, not the bar, so as you can probably imagine, I was SUPER excited about this visit.
The Botanist Farnham has a beautiful glass front, situated on the one-way system within the high street. The archways leading to the restaurant are draped with fairy lights and from the moment you enter the restaurant, it has a very rustic feel.
As I mentioned above, I am not a massive alcohol drinker. If I can taste the alcohol, then I don’t usually like it. I enjoy fruity/berry cocktails, smooth and easy to drink. I usually start a meal with a cocktail, but once the food arrives, the drink is forgotten.
Tadhg and I were both immediately drawn to the Passionfruit Colada and gosh, it really was the right decision. It was absolutely beautiful, tasted incredible and we both finished the cocktail before we even ordered our food, it was that good.
Rather than one dish each, we decided on some sharers. Tadhg selected the pork crackling with chilli jam and I chose the baked camembert in a garlic and rosemary bread bowl.
I mean, honestly, probably the best camembert we have ever eaten. It was served on a gorgeous, rustic, wooden chopping board, with an entire round loaf of crusty bread, FILLED with camembert cheese. It was cheesy heaven and I loved every second of it.
For main, we had to try their iconic hanging kebabs. Tadhg chose the five spice duck with hoisin sauce and I selected the crispy halloumi with garlic butter and seasoned fries. If you are a sweet chilli lover, you can also get sweet chill chips, which Tadhg ordered.
Clearly I love cheese, after a cheesy starter and main, and the crispy halloumi kebab was no disappointment. Mixed with grilled red onion, red and yellow peppers, I almost ate the whole thing, but I had a save a little room for the final course.
I am not sure that I can truly put this dessert into words; Pudding planter with ice cream sandwich, apple and cherry fool, Nutella doughnuts and a salted caramel Biscoff muffin. It was served in a botanical, garden box, with a dry ice smoking, mint leaf, watering-can.
Honestly, you need to just try this for yourself because I cannot do it justice. It was incredible.
Genuinely, Tadhg and I loved every part of the meal. Not being huge drinkers, we were even blown away by the quality of the cocktail and we will certainly be returning soon, for both food and drink!
If you would like to try The Botanist out for yourself, I have a very special code for you here, to receive 1/3 off your total food bill, valid for the next week only, excluding Saturday.
*This was a gifted meal/experience but all reviews and statements are my own and honest.