The Botanist, Kew

The Botanist, Kew

The Botanist, 3-5 Kew Green, Kew TW9 3AA. Telephone: 020 8948 4838. Website: https://www.thebotanistkew.co.uk/
Pig Mark 64. The Botanist is a pub situated on the south end of Kew Green. It used to be a microbrewery pub until it was bought by Castle Pubs in autumn 2013 and was refurbished and reopened mid-2014 as a free house without the brewery. As well as a regularly changing selection of beers, it also offers frequent ‘Tap Takeover’ nights when they serve craft beers from a specific brewery. There is a ‘secret garden’ tucked away behind the pub and they also offer food.
Visited on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 21.55. Weather was mild.
Ordered two halves of Rudgate Shed 7 and a half of Ilkely Mary Jane for £6.70.
Revisit: Feeling it was unfair to judge an empty pub five minutes before closing, we revisited at 8 pm on 18th December. Although there were more people in, it made very little difference to the feel of the pub so our rating stands.

Name:
Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Ambience (10):
Price (5):
Service (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
Cleanliness
(3):
Wifi (2):

Total (50)

Piggy Dave
6
7
5
2
4
3
3
2

32

Piggy Corin
6
7
4
2
4
2
3
2

30

Piggy Sue
7
7
6
2
4
3
3
2

34

Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: An interesting pub designwise, with many different sub-rooms amongst the pillars. It’s mainly painted foodie grey but has comfy seats and wooden tables. We arrived at 9.55 to discover they have decided to close at 10 pm on Sunday and Monday due to lack of custom so only had the option of a quick half. Perhaps they will get around to expressing these new hours on the website at some point, for even as I type a couple of weeks later it still states an 11 pm closing time for Monday. As we were drinking and writing, a couple of other potential customers rocked up so who knows, perhaps they will reconsider this decision. Easy listening music was low in the background and they have a large selection of gins on offer. The bare brick was nice in the parts not painted grey and there were stripped wood floors and some interesting wall decorations. They offer food during the day, but once again the website needs some work in this respect. There is a ‘secret garden’ out the back, but unsurprisingly we didn’t have the opportunity to explore it.

Piggy Corin: The Botanist on the south side of Kew Green was just about to close as we walked in at 9.55 pm, but having been consulted, the manager served us with reasonably good grace. There were three ales on offer and what we had was well kept. The place was empty and cleaned up for the night. It is separated into alcoves with the seating both comfortable and plentiful. Difficult to mark for ambience as without any customers there really wasn’t any. There were no TV screens in sight, but there was low-level ambient music.

Piggy Sue: A large pub that was closing as we arrived, apparently the new regime closes at 10 pm on Sunday and Monday. The barman and the manager were very pleasant but it felt a bit awkward as they obviously wanted to close up and go home. As we were writing and supping up as fast as we could, other prospective customers appeared and seem destined not to get a beer as it’s gone 10 on a Monday night. Adios!

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