Exposed brickwork, quirky lighting and friendly faces were what we were greeted with when we entered The Botonist in Farnham the other week.
We were shown upstairs to our table in a more subdued area where we had a beautiful glass of red wine whist mulling over the gastro pub style menu.
It was when the starters were presented that the whole theme of the resturant was bought to life.
My pate came served in a super cute mini plant pot with the accompanying chutney in a miniature wheelbarrow.
Not only was the kooky presentation fabulous but the pate had a beautifully smooth consistency complemented perfectly with a crunchy topping. I smothered this over the warm bread and finished it of with a smothering of sweet chutney.
My husband is a creature of habit and as soon as I saw calamari on the menu I knew this would be his first choice.
The calamari had a perfectly crispy coating that was served with a creamy mayonnaise and lightly dressed rocket leaves.
As a calamari connoisseur this came highly recommended from him.
For my main meal I had a delicately spiced Malaysian chicken curry served with fluffy, white basmati rice which was cooked perfectly.
I always like to save a bit of room for desert and I was so pleased I did when a gooey sticky toffee pudding was placed in front of me.
We couldn’t leave without sampling one or two of the cocktails. I went for their namesake to start with and really impressed with the refreshing cocktail with a great little kick!
We stayed and listened to the music and took in the atmosphere for a good few hours.
For me The Botonist offers so much from a place to come to grab a quick drink and a few bites of bar food to a whole evening experience with a beatiful meal and good music.
I had initially thought it was more suited to adults only but when I was shown the children’s menu of the usual favourites served in a fun way just as their adult dishes are it will most definitely be somewhere I will visit again as a family.