The Botanist stands above the over styled Chelsea crowd, but falls short on their full English breakfast.
With an hour to kill at Sloane Square I took the opportunity to try a restaurant which I've heard rave reviews about, but as yet hadn't visited. Arrived at 8am to smiles and a welcoming staff, who looked fully ready to take on the hoards of the day. The Botanist is a lovely restaurant yards from Sloane Square tube station, and has a light airy feel about it, with a calming atmosphere; just what was needed to while away the time relaxing.
Great coffee is a super way to start the morning, and that's definitely what you'll find here although the sad Americanism of putting ice in your OJ makes me wonder just how watered down it is... it always makes it taste fake.
While the components of their £14 'The Botanist Breakfast' were cooked superbly, it seemed slightly confused with cocktail sausages and pre-cooked unappetising bacon, possibly cooked yesterday and impossible to stab with a fork; a huge failure on their part as bacon is what makes the world move round!
The black pudding however was ace, could have done with a ton of that!
(Smoked streaky bacon, mini Cumberland sausages, Mrs Brown’s black pudding, roast vine tomatoes, field mushrooms, baked beans, cumin spiced home fries, Burford Brown eggs)
Again, a restaurant adds 12.5% onto the bill, leaving the prospect of tipping for good service a rule, rather than a goal to aim for. Disappointingly this trend seems to have taken over London like an illness.
Pleasant scene, superb coffee, average food.