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The Botanist, Chester

Pub added by peter ashworth
13 St Werburgh Street
Phone: 01244408100

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Old Boots left this review about The Botanist

Similar in theme to their other outlets, with a gardening or horticultural flavour. Four boil in the bag beers on offer as well as the usual kegs. Actually not a bad place for a drink if you don't mind higher seating and fizzier beer than handpulled versions.

On 6th May 2019 - no rating submitted
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Botanist

Visited Tuesday lunchtime and I was the only customer in. I had never noticed this place before, it is fairly well hidden down a small passageway between two shops, but there is an A board outside to announce its presence. I have never ventured into any of the Botanist bars before but having heard they have cask ales on, figured I would give it a try. The casks are at the back of the bar and take the form of what I assume to be fake wooden barrels, but unfortunately this makes it a bit difficult to see what was on offer - pump clips under your nose are much better in that respect. That said the chap at the bar asked what kind of style I was interested in trying so no doubt would have pointed me in the right direction, and nice that he seemed to have a bit of knowledge. I went for the Toxteth IPA by Mad Hatter at 6.5% - a half of this set me back £3 which is presumably due to a combination of the strength and the pricing at the venue itself. I noticed there was something on by RedWillow, but can't remember what the other two options were. The ale itself was fine, though served a bit on the cold side for cask.

It's a pleasant looking place, distressed green wood all over and some rusty ironwork giving it a rustic yet contemporary feel. I couldn't help thinking the bar area looked like the lighting aisle at B&Q.

Nice to have been and tried it, but probably no reason to rush back.

On 28th February 2018 - rating: 7
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Al Bundy left this review about The Botanist

After being forced to revisit here again I found it just as horrible as last time. Like all Botanist pubs its covered in gardening stuff and like all Botanist pubs its ludicrously expensive. Its a franchise I can't stand so maybe my opinion is a bit slanted. Rubbish.

On 8th October 2017 - no rating submitted
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Botanist

Surprisingly, we quite liked our visit here. I have visited three other Botanist chain pubs around the country and could take them or leave them. Maybe I caught this one on the right day. The layout here was good and access to the bar and plenty of table seating along the side wall proved to be a winner, also their choice of ales were excellent on this visit.
There was a choice of four ales, dispensed from the back bar, we went for the Purple Moose Glaslyn and Beartown Bearly Literate. The best feature here was the bespoke chandelier over the bar made up from various glasses all illuminated.

On 19th January 2016 - rating: 8
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Oggwyn Great left this review about The Botanist

Just down the alley from Duttons this place is like a victorian garden centre in decor , the outside tables are behind bars giving the impression the people sitting there were in a zoo .
Never had a drink here , 7.30 on a saturday night and it was four deep at the bar and the noise from the music and general chatter was deafening so we moved on .

On 19th October 2014 - no rating submitted
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