The New World Trading Company – commonly known as NWTC – opened The Botanist in Manchester city centre in August 2014, marking the fourth Botanist in the brand’s portfolio.
Other venues are located in Leeds, Chester and Alderley Edge.
NWTC, which is backed by Living Ventures founders Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts, run The Oast House in Spinningfields, Manchester as well as The Smugglers Cove in Liverpool and The Botanist venues. The newest Botanist can be found on Deansgate and replaces Label Bar having undergone an extensive refurbishment project.
Thanks to a £1 million revamp the venue now boasts giant antique pot chandeliers, cabinets filled with horticultural trinkets and a vast aged vine walkway.
Bespoke awning systems specialist, R. Duckworth Limited was responsible for the installation of Victorian style awnings on The Botanist. Expertly installed, the awnings include Botanist branding and add character to the venue.
Duckworth Limited’s Sales & Operations Manager, Ben Bullough, said:
“Our awnings not only provide shelter from the elements but look fantastic when branded – perfect for standing out from the crowd.”
“This project involved working with our most important customer on one of the most talked about venues in Manchester.”
The menu at The Botanist includes deli boards, home comforts like pie and chips and scampi, as well as the famous “hanging kebabs” that prove popular at The Oast House.
Roast chicken fresh from a rotisserie is also on the menu, and can be spied in the open plan kitchen at the rear of the venue.
Live music nights at the venue have been a success so far with an electric piano taking pride of place on its own plinth next to the bar.
As with all of The Botanist venues special master classes are on offer enabling customers to perfect their cocktail making skills. Each masterclass has a mixologist on hand to talk customers through each cocktail step by step. Classes are held in a private area enabling cocktail novices to learn the history of each drink they make, before drinking their own creation at the end of the class.
The Botanist is renowned for its impressive cocktail menu which comprising an array of well known, and not so well known, delicious drinks. On the drinks menu there is a huge range of 45 cocktails.
Cocktails include Watermelon Martini, Pear Sidecar, Basil Grande, Chilli & Chive Martini, Red Pepper & Porcini Manhattan, Apple & Rosemary Sling, Blueberry & Apple Cooler, Bloody Porcini, Rose Sangria, Pear & Sorrel Collins and Peach Melba Bellini.
The venue also serves four local real ales on tap as well as an almanac menu of 57 bottled beers which can be sampled at leisure during one of The Botanist’s many Ale Tasting Packages. These sessions are available to help customer differentiate between maize and barley, as well as improve their knowledge of local and world famous beers. With a group of six friends customers can sample up eight beers and ales of their choice during the 90 minute sessions.
The Botanist menu boasts a wide array of tasty treats including numerous starters and nibbles dishes such as Basket of Wings, Moules Marinieres, Calamari, Crudites, Salt & Onion Petals, as well as a plethora of goodies from The Botanist Deli counter.
For those wanting something more filling main dishes include Flattened Rump, Hanging kebabs, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Fish & Chips, Gammon Cutlet, Lamb Tagine, Smoked Haddock Rarebit and Cheese & Onion Pie to name but a few.
Living Ventures Group operate an array of brands in the UK restaurants and bar market including The Oast House, Manchester House, Artisan, Australasia, Red Door, The Alchemist, Gusto and BlackHouse.