The Botanist Broadgate Circle

4.1
271 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
A spacious bar, restaurant and cocktail lounge with a huge sun terrace right on Liverpool Street Station’s doorstep, The Botanist Broadgate Circle is a City favourite serving an excellent range of lagers, signature cocktails and a classic British and European menu.
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London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Very nice food and drink, not too bad on price for London. Would say that the service charge says optional but they did not let us have this option, put a damper on the end. We prefer to tip ourselves.

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded 2 days ago

Hi bdaygirl2019 I am so sorry to read this, would you be able to contact me with some more details so I can look into with our management team. Best wishes Gemma

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LC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely ambience and good quality food, will definitely be back!

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks LeeC - we look forward to seeing you soon!

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Extremely limited brunch menu. When asked which sweet and fruity white wines they had was served a Sauvignon which tasted of sour grapes. Was told all the wines were dry nothing fruity. Wierd white lights at the table shining in your eyes. Toilets were the best bit about the place nice and clean and large. And the waiter was friendly.

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded on 11 July 2019

Hi Tashatotts, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. If you have a chance, could you send me your contact details as we would like to understand where we went wrong as we hate our guests leaving unhappy. Many thanks Gemma gemma@Etmgroup.co.uk

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to the Botanist at Broadgate Circus on several occasions and always had an amazing experience. The food is delicious with generous portions and the staff are friendly and very helpful. The weekend brunch is scrumptious and I will definitely be back again! Great for a catch-up with the girls!

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded on 11 July 2019

Thank you so much! We hope to see you and the girls back soon!

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CF
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Stagg were friends dly and continuously topped our drinks up throughout the meal.... highly recommend bottomless brunch.

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded on 4 July 2019

Hi Clare, so pleased you enjoyed your visit! We hope you come back and see us soon!

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food had gone very downhill here to be honest, very average now

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded on 24 June 2019

Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I am so sorry you were so disappointing with the food. We would really like to understand the issues so we can look at fixing this, would you be so kind as to contact me when you have a chance to discuss your visit? Many thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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HC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely lunch out with my mum. Very attentive staff, lovely food, excellent atmosphere and there was a live performer which was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend. The flatbread and hummus nibbles are also a winner - you have to give them a go.

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NA
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Not a very good business lunch. I took three clients out, we were seated quickly but the service was extremely slow despite the restaurant being half empty. We were also never offered top ups of our drinks. The food took nearly 50 minutes to come - and when it did, the portions were small and the food was not hot. Very disappointing. Will not be back.

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. I am so sorry that your lunch experience was not a good one. Please could you get in touch as i would like to discuss your visit in more detail and try to make this up to you. Many thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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NW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

A group of us went to The Botanist to celebrate a special occasion; all of us opting for the Bottomless Brunch. One of my friends has coeliac disease and a few other intolerances and so asked what menu substitutions could be made for her. We did not ask for a reduced price or anything unreasonable, yet my friend's questions were met with ridicule and open hostility. The server even asked her if she was "really allergic or just on a diet" which I thought was completely unacceptable. The food is good, the price is great, the staff need to work on their manners.

The Botanist Broadgate Circle
Responded on 10 June 2019

Hi. I am so sorry to read this review. Allergen issues are such a key element of our training and menu design and something that should never be overlooked and so I am sorry your friend was treated this way. We will be addressing your feedback with the team immediately. On behalf of ETM Group, please accept our apologies. Best wishes Gemma

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KC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good, especially outside on a sunny day. Will use again.

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h
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Absolutely hate the dead hanging swan over the stairwell.

The food - plant based option - was Aubergine, which if you like aubergine is pretty difficult to make tasteless, but The Botanist managed it. It was bland at best and not very warm. My friend's main course was also less than piping hot. We should have complained but hate doing so.

Water was £4 per bottle, and the whole meal cost £60 but definitely did not feel worth it. The dessert was a saving grace. If only the rest of the food met that standard.

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w
London
39 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The pancakes at brunch were delicious, and the burger was good, too. The girl singing and guy on guitar were great - sometimes live performers in restaurants make you uncomfortable, but they were a great addition.

Only complaint was them seating another foursome right next to us. We were literally the only table in the place, so why cram us in?! It’s not even like we were at the window to make the place look busy. Was weird. Service great otherwise.

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The soup starter (purple carrot and lentil) was served tepid and not fresh. Colour and consistency of bbq sauce. Hurried service as the table was reserved, but not until an hour after we had finished dessert.

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G
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

My third visit, but will be the last. Has gone downhill big time in terms of food quality/presentation and service. Very disappointing as have had no issues with 2 previous visits. Did not have my booking on arrival... but I could see it clearly on the screen and had to point it out. Quite slow service, but that can be excused as it waa a fairly busy lunchtime. The waitress appeared to struggle with the english language. My fish was not filleted and was full of bones, and a very small portion in any case. My daughter's medium- rare steak was very gristly and barely cooked at all. All in all extremely disappointing, and I can only assume there has been a change of management, staff or customer service ethos, possibly all three.

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Slow service, so so food.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb..they do brunch brilliantly..glasses full..food and service good..ive been a few times and willkeepcoming back as libg as they keep it up

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time to the botanist and both times were great.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for bottomless brunch, very attentive service for drinks and good variety. Food all of a good quality and value. Nice ambience for brunch including some live music

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Horrendous ambiance, so loud and a terrible place for dinner. Need better separation between the restaurant and the bar.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chorizo pasta special was delicious! I could have eaten two bowls full. The Botanist is always a guarantee for good lunch.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Not as good as it has been previously, the bottomless side of brunch has been toned down a lot. Food was ok.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Far too noisy at 6pm meeting a friend for a catch up.

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j
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We went for the Sunday Brunch. Food was very good, tasty hot and well presented. Bottomless Bloody Mary's were very tasty, although the waitress needed prompting for a refill. Two different live music acts played during our time there, both excellent and provided a very good atmosphere. Its a good Sunday Brunch option.

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BV
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great crust on the pie. Good service and ideal location from the office

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SJ
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Great place to have brunch with friends, the bottomless brunch is worthwhile, the waiter keeps coming round to fill your glass so you glass is never empty, you can swap between prosecco and wine so they are very accommodating. It was quite cold in there so had to ask for them to turn the air conditioning off. I would say that just having one vegetarian main on the brunch menu is very limiting, they need to expand on that.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the bottomless brunch. However I found the portion size slightly smaller than average. But I would recommend this restaurant again. Infact we booked our next sitting while waiting for our mains

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GL
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, generous food and lovely lively atmosphere!

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

The two steaks we ordered arrived after 40mins and we were one of two tables the sat for lunch at noon. The food was okay, however we did order sauté spinach and we got cream spinach as a side. Steak was requested medium rare and it arrived as solid medium well. It would have been more helpful if the server was writing down the order instead of trying to memorize it. Also, the lights and ambience is very awkward. Really strong lights at certain spots creating light and dark sections across the restaurant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, loved the atmosphere and a unhurried service even though we went for a bottomless brunch

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went for a meal and drinks here on a Friday evening for a girls night and the atmosphere was perfect! Food was lovely, and a range of drinks and cocktails to choose from also.

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EU
London
28 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place to meet friends for a late dinner. Solid food. A bit pricey, but would go back.

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RA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Went for a birthday brunch, was worried it might be too 'clubby' and loud, but it wasn't. We were able to chat in relaxed surroundings, service was attentive and they kept us topped up with drinks without having to ask. The only negatives were that my starter was cold when it arrived (I didn't want to delay everyone so just ate it anyway), and initially they were slightly slow in getting drinks. Otherwise great food and nice ambience.

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CH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went for Thursday evening drinks and dinner with a girlfriend. It is right in the City so it is full of people in suits but it was buzzing and fun. Drinks choice was limited but decent. Main courses were tasty but dessert choice was a bit disappointing.

Waiting staff were friendly and attentive even though it was very busy.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

I thought the place was lovely, the food really tasty, the service was impeccable... the issue was the that they were playing dance music pretty loud, and there were too many people drinking by the bar.
I can not fault the food and service though, this was really good.

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

I like the Botanist as a venue for drinks however the food let it down massively. I ordered the Beef Short rib and it was majorly undercooked and just VERY fatty which i wasnt expecting. I didnt eat most of it and it was £20.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for business lunch very convenient location, we arrived early and where seated without any fuss. Service was quick but not rushed. Food excellent.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic afternnon..i coild not find any fault..superb

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R
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Messed up two of the three orders. Baking paper stuck to one of the burgers. Atmosphere was fine, but I wouldn’t rush back.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall my friends and I were very pleased with the food and service received at the Botanist and would recommend it to anyone else that is looking for a bottomless brunch in the City.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such lovely staff and one the best brunches I’ve ever had! I rung to say I was running late because of train delays and the staff were not rude at all and so accomdation. So so attentive with the bottomless drinks, my drink was never empty and new ones were constantly being offered! Food was such good value for money, I couldn’t believe how nice the food was especially as it was only £20 for two courses. This was a present for my best friends birthday and she loved it as much as me, it was such a lovely day! We went to the bar after our 2 hours was up for a few more drinks and the staff behind the bar were equally as friendly and helpful. A really lovely day!

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