The Botanist

Price guide: Mid-range

7 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE

Price guide: Mid-range

Subtle theming of the interior

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#95 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.4
3.4
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
3.4
3.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Stag / hen parties, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of The Botanist

Bang on the corner of Sloane Square, an all day bar-restaurant to suit any time, any occasion.

Sloane Square is one of those parts of London where you’d think there’d be lots of great places to eat, and there isn’t. The area is blighted by expensive okayness, making The Botanist seem like a rosebud among thorns.

Food and drink: 

The Botanist is rightly revered for its breakfast menu: neat envelopes of crêpe filled with orange-yolked eggs and bacon, puffy discs of pancake served with blueberries and maple syrup. Later in the day a modern European menu struts from steak (35-day aged Aberdeen Angus rib-eye) and chips to confit duck ravioli with braised lentils and duck anise consommé. Flavour combinations are always thoughtful, if occasionally more interesting than delicious. Afternoon teas are pleasingly traditional, with sultana scones, excellent jams from Preston Hall in Suffolk, and a super selection of Jing teas. The cocktail list is huge.

Ambience: 

The flora theme works well in the smart-casual dining room. Expect an international local crowd rather than tourists. Daytimes see business lunches and shoppers in for afternoon tea. The bar is lively in an SW1 sort of way, and there are a few pavement tables for people watching.

Service: 

Intelligent, friendly, knows what it’s doing.

Location: 

This corner of Sloane Square is very useful for upscale shopping, the Royal Court Theatre, Saatchi Gallery and (in May) the Chelsea Flower Show.

Price advice: 

Main courses are £13.50-£28, and puddings a very reasonable £6.50. For afternoon tea you can just have scones (£4.50) or splash out on full set teas for £18 and £25 per person. Unusually for this part of town, there’s a decent choice of wines under £20 a bottle: £16 will get you the owners’ own blends from the south of France.

Other useful branches: 

Open June 2011, the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms offers a similarly smart mix of all-day restaurant and cocktail bar. The group also runs a terrific collection of gastropubs, including the Cadogan Arms down the Kings Road – see www.etmgroup.co.uk for details.

More information on The Botanist:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant, Tearoom
Food:
International, Modern
Address:
7 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE
Telephone:
020 7730 0077
Website:
http://www.thebotanistonsloanesquare.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11.30pm. Food served Mon-Fri 8-11.30am, noon-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 9-11.30am, noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to The Botanist? Would you recommended it?