After a lovely walk up to The Edge, we’d booked a reward for ourselves at The Botanist which is on the main high street in Alderley Edge. I was feeling a little apprehensive as we were going with four unpredictable boys to a trendy,smart Cheshire restaurant.
I had nothing to fear though, they were very welcoming (we had booked) and if we weren’t eating in the restaurant area the dogs could have joined us too!
The decor has a rustic feel with a definite Alderley Edge twist to it! There was a live singer performing which was lovely, not too loud or over bearing.
The older children decided to move away from the children’s menu and went for the fabulous hanging kebabs, which are a bit of a signature dish for The Botanist. A bowl of chips are placed under the kebabs which then have a sweet chilli sauce tipped over, so it runs down the kebab and onto the chips, delicious! Other choices on the menu included rotisserie chicken, steak and ale pie along with burgers and steaks.
The children’s menu was very cute; Ted ordered a burger and it was actually two mini burgers in buns on a wooden plate with tomato sauce in a little wheelbarrow. But it was dessert that hit the spot with the kids, although technically they ordered an ice cream, what actually arrived was a mini sand pit made of crushed ginger biscuits with mini haribos buried as treasure. The ice cream itself was in a little bucket with tiny spades instead of spoons. Delighted kids, but a nightmare for the staff as the ‘sand’ went everywhere!
For the grown ups the emphasis is on craft ales and off the wall cocktails, from a melon and basil crush to a sugar snap and mint martini. If you’ve still got space after the main course, then the chocolate rose cocktail looked more like a dessert.
All in, a great lunch, fairly reasonably priced and very relaxed.
Sun-Thurs 12pm-12am, Fri & Sat 12pm-2am
The Botanist, 15 London Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7JT
Tel: 01625 865637 http://thebotanist.uk.com