As if it’s the week before Christmas and the last working Monday of 2017. I’ve said this so, so, SO many times but this year has flown, I swear it was the 1st December like five minutes ago?!
As I look back on December, I’d say I’ve had a pretty good month. I’ve been very socially busy. Lots of events, a few Christmas Markets, stupid amounts of chocolates and travelled to a few cities across the UK, it’s been truly wonderful. I’ve really felt that festive buzz and now I’m ready to wind down with a glass of fizz. Of course with my Christmas jarmies on, a picky tea with my family and Home Alone on the TV, roll on Christmas eve! One event iconic event I’ve been to, which I just had to share with you all was Christmas at The Botanist.
Two weeks ago, I was invited to down The Botanist in Newcastle City Centre to kick-start Christmas! We’re very lucky in Newcastle to have such a fantastic venue for the Botanist. There’s an outdoor terrace which is amazing in the Summer for a quick pint in the bear garden but over December it’s been transformed into a winter wonderland, where you can keep warm a glass mulled wine and warm spiced cider. How exciting!
I’m such a huge fan of The Botanist and have especially been over the winter months since they’ve recently opened their Mezzanine floor, you can read that review here.
I headed to The Botanist with Sarah from Plain Sarah Jayne and we were welcomed on the terrace with a warm mug of mulled wine, which by the way was the FIRST time I’d ever tried it. I know, I know, I’ve been missing out for years, obviously, I loved it. There were four other bloggers there too, so the evening was kind of like our Christmas blogger night out!
Myself and Sarah had a quick look around the terrace which is stunning lit up, it’s like Santas grotto! And then it was time for some cocktail making, learning how to make the latest addition to the bar’s cocktail offering – a Budvar Mule.
The fun then moved indoors to the Mezzanine floor, my favourite part of The Botanist. It was nice to feel some warmth I’ll tell you that! We got seated, grabbed a cocktail and tried a few dishes from the new festive menu.
This year the menu includes some spectacular and creative dishes like Turkey Hanging Kebab, Roast Butternut Squash and Mushroom Wellington, Christmas Bakewell Tart and many more.
For starter, I gunned for the Smoked Salmon Rillettes with avocado salsa, homemade chilli jam and olive oil croutons since I’m a huge fan of Salmon and it was delicious. Very light, meaning I wasn’t stuffed for my main.
My favourite main dish out of the selection we tried was definitely the Turkey Hanging Kebab, there were even pigs wrapped in blankets! I thought it was such a quirky way to modernise a traditional dish. It was divine, I’m legit dreaming of it now, as I write this.
We were also served a selection of desserts from the menu, but my preferred was the Chocolate fudge brownie with mint choc chip ice cream. I’m not overly keen on mint ice cream but this was mouth-wateringly good. I’m a chocolate addict so anything chocolate wins me over every time.
I think the Christmas Menu is fantastic, and also great value for money. It’s only £22.75 for a 3-course lunch and £27.50 for a 3-course dinner, which for prices for a city centre aren’t really that bad.
I had such a lovely evening, celebrating Christmas a smidge early with the blogging gals and The Botanist. I will definitely be back to try that Christmas menu again before the festive season is over!