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The Botanist, Marlow

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48 West Street
Marlow
SL7 2NB
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Botanist

Still very much as described below. Of an evening it is a bit on the dark side, with arty electric lamps casting a glow and adding to the laid back feel. The rustic bar counter boasts various crafty things on keg, but sadly appears to have followed the general trend of the chain in removing cask ale.

On 12th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Botanist

A relatively recent opening from this expanding chain, it looks quite appealing as you walk past with large bi-folding doors that go completely out of sight, opening up the front of the pub where there were some leather armchairs. Impossible not to notice as you walk past, and very tempting to pop in. Once you do get in, it’s considerably bigger than might be expected, with a long bar, a good sized restaurant beyond this and then a courtyard garden right at the back.

Décor wise it’s probably best described as shabby chic with plenty of reclaimed boards on the floor, ceiling and even cladding the bar counter. Opposite the bar is a long row of tall tables, while the restaurant area had a mosaic tiled floor and a freestanding brick chimney breast in the middle which made a bit of a feature, although I thought having the gas fire lit on a warm and sunny summer’s afternoon was probably a little unnecessary.

Beers on tap were the local Rebellion Smuggler and Mad Squirrel Hopfest. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if these were cask or keg though. The pump clips suggested that they might be cask, but they were dispensed from two fake barrels fixed in to the shelving behind the bar, so I suspect maybe not. The solitary cider was Aspall’s Harry Sparrow, which to be fair was better than I remember it, and certainly much better than it’s Suffolk sibling. Barman was friendly enough, but prices seemed expensive though with a pint of the cider and a G&T coming in at something over £11. And for that we got a dirty glass for the cider and a small dumpy glass for the G&T that would only accommodate about half the tonic!

On 18th August 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Marlow, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Cookham, 3.22 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
Bourne End, 3.57 miles, 1 hr 8 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Botanist, Marlow
12th Nov 2019, 22:04
Review submitted by Graham Coombs amended by Graham Coombs
 
12th Nov 2019, 22:02
Review submitted by Graham Coombs

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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Courtyard - last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Darts : No last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : No last updated 12 November 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Cider : No last updated 12 August 2017 by Blackthorn _
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