Going to a child-friendly restaurant doesn’t always mean you have to sacrifice on adult style and coolness.
If you’re looking for a fun and relaxed place to eat out with kiddies in tow, The Botanist on Temple Street in Birmingham is definitely the joint.
The children’s menu offers a variety of options for even the pickiest of little ones. Food is presented in a way to entertain and excite kids (even us mums were impressed when it arrived), the staff are friendly and accommodating and parents can relax in style, maybe even sampling a cocktail or two! Thumbs up all round.
The kid’s menu includes: chicken, pepper & sweetcorn kebab, scampi, mini burgers, bangers and mash, chicken fingers. There is also a deli board option with humous, crudités, red Cheshire cheese, honey roast ham and brown bread. Each meal is served with baked beans, peas or salad and comes with desert included – two scoops of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice-cream. Priced at £6.95. (The Botanist donates 25p from every kids meal to Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.)
I went with my friend Katie and our two daughters Alannah and Ella, both two-years-old. I’m not sure who was more excited us or them. Us because we were getting to go to a trendy hang out for lunch (beats noisy chain restaurants full of shouty kids and parents). Them because they were on a fun adventure which included a train ride and food at a “nice mummy restaurant”.
A few nice touches included proper children’s cutlery, see above in food photos. The girls loved this, as it made them feel really grown up. Also they were given a colouring-in sheet and pencils to keep them occupied while waiting for their lunch.
Both chose sausages, their favourite food at the moment (it changes monthly obviously, toddlers being toddlers). We asked for peas and chips instead of mash potato. The mini sausages came hanging on a skewer, which they thought was brilliant! At the bottom was a bowl of peas and chips. Sitting pride of place at the top of the skewer was a mini jug of gravy. This was a massive hit – they both insisted on pouring the gravy on top themselves, watching intently as it dripped down the centre and gathered in the bowl beneath.
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one lunch time, you should have seen their faces light up when the ice cream arrived. A beach complete with bucket and spade, oodles of sand and scattered pebbles.
Two scoops of ice cream were neatly presented in a bucket, the sand was made out of crushed biscuits and the pebbles were white chocolate coated raisins. Or maybe yoghurt coated, they went so fast we didn’t get chance to try one.
You are spoilt for choice on the adult’s menu including mix and match deli boards, super salads, BBQ steaks and pulled pork, an impressive collection of hanging kebabs, rotisserie chicken, pies and a large selection of mouth-watering starters and nibbles.
I ordered fish and chips and Katie chose a mini pie platter from the specials menu that day. Both were really tasty, Katie was very impressed with her mini pies – sweet potato and spiced lentil, chicken and chorizo and steak and ale.
We had a fantastic meal and day out, just getting the train into Birmingham for lunch was an adventure for the little ones – so you can imagine their little faces when their flashy food arrived. Here they are on the way home at the station – huge smiles all round!
Things I particularly liked:
– interesting menu offering new things for kids to try
– food presented in a child-freindly, fun way
– real miniature cutlery
– desert included in the price
– super friendly staff
– lovely decor
– good nappy changing facilities – very clean, including a basket of free nappies, nappy bags, nappy rash cream
– a good experience for adults as well as children
– relaxed atmosphere
Thanks for having us The Botanist, we’ll definitely be coming back soon 🙂
Disclaimer: We were given a complimentary lunch for a review,
all opinions are my own and 100% honest.