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Tom and Ed Martin, whose acclaimed gastro-empire includes The Gun and The Empress of India, have now opened their latest restaurant and bar, The Botanist on Sloane Square. Named after Sir Hans Sloane, pioneering naturalist and Chelsea Physic Garden

benefactor, The Botanist is the brothers’ most eagerly awaited project to date, which consolidates their many years’ of experience offering high quality food and drink in the most striking, yet informal of venues. With an elegant look that befits its chic Chelsea location, The Botanist will be open all day, every day to bring a touch of effortless sophistication to the square. The Restaurant The first thing to strike you as you enter the light and airy dining room is a collation of natural wonders, presented as a collector’s cabinet of curiosities. Dominating the room, this unique feature was created by artist Adam Ellis especially for The Botanist using illustrations from Sir Hans’ own journals, now kept in the Natural History Museum. Drawing the eye upwards is a trinity of Miguel Mila’s Estadio chandeliers, glittering halos that supplement the abundant natural illumination from the floor to ceiling windows. Designer Laura Van Zeveren has unified these stunning pieces with a truly elegant, contemporary interior. Using a colour palate inspired by the natural world, with hues of mushroom, stone, foliage and wood, additional key features include a stunning stripped oak floor in a chevron pattern, chic Deer dining chairs from Autobahn Built by De La Espada and solid oak tables. Following Sloane’s adventuring spirit, Head Chef, Shannon Wilson has drawn together influences from far and wide to create a collection of menus to intrigue and delight. Morning-long breakfasts include grilled kipper on toast with poached egg; omelette ‘Arnold Bennett’ and sautéed wild mushrooms on brioche, complete with freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. Afternoon tea comes filled with finger sandwiches, home made scones, sweet treats and champagne as well as the finest whole loose leaf teas from Jing. Hot chocolate is a must have. In honour of Sir Hans Sloane’s discovery and creation of milk chocolate (a product and a special chocolate stirring stick. which he later sold it to Cadburys), The Botanist has specially designed their very own indulgent drink with chocolate flakes Sundays see royal roasts prepared from the finest, carefully sourced ingredients, in common with all of The Botanist’s viands. A delightful dinner or long lunch could begin with a buttery and flaky warm tart of Stilton and white onion with roast pear and rocket salad or soft-poached gull’s egg,

perfectly married with chorizo, Alsace bacon and fresh peas.

Main dishes include

tender cutlet of rare breed British Lop pork, with Pommery mustard mash, a black pudding stuffed apple and cider jus or corn fed baby spring chicken breast and confit leg on a caramelised shallot tart and foie gras velouté. Delicious desserts feature cherry and white chocolate pannacotta, cherry compote and sesame seed wafer or a rediscovered classic knickerbocker glory of fresh seasonal berries, strawberry ice cream, chantilly cream and raspberry coulis.

The Botanist boasts a strong wine list of over 150 bins including its very own Cuvée. The result of a careful process of tasting and blending in the Languedoc region, Tom and Ed helped to develop ETM Vin de Pays D’Oc 2007 Cuvée Frères Martin. This trio of exclusive blends features a fresh lively dry unoaked white, with hints of lemon, acacia and peach blossom; a soft, mouthfilling and smooth red, with hints of spice and cigar box, seductive black fruit and a very long clean finish; and an aromatic rosé, bubbling with strawberry, raspberry and cherry. Other highlights of the list are Château La Lagune, 3eme Cru Classé 1982 Pommard, Nicolas Potel 1998 and Riesling grapes were very first cultivated. potential loss. The Bar Unmissable and every bit as eye-catching as the cabinet of curiosities in the Just adjoining room is The Botanist’s long cocktail bar in gleaming polished pewter. Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Kabinett 2005. Schloss Johannisberger was the site at which The wines were in fact so prized that during the war, a British commander was sent to the Schloss to protect the cellars and

as the sage green leather banquettes, dark chocolate circular armchairs and floor to ceiling mirrors are, this sleek, unique and timeless creation was made to order for the venue. United with the restaurant by the contemporary, elegant design, the bar can be enjoyed as part of the dining experience or as a stylish drinking destination in its own right. Enjoy Bar Manager, Paulo Brammer’s original tipples such as ‘Hans Garden’, a cooling combination of Hendrick’s gin, elderflower cordial and freshly pressed apple juice, shaken and strained over ice, mint and cucumber or ‘Rose Square’. Pinky Rose Petal Vodka blended with fresh lychees and home made rose bud syrup, charged with Joseph Perrier Champagne. The care and attention devoted to the food in the restaurant is continued on the all day bar menu. Light bites available include rock oysters with cabernet sauvignon vinegar and shallots; steak tartare; and 8oz Angus Beef Burger, Applewood smoked Cheddar, bacon, aioli and tomato chutney with hand cut chips.

The Botanist

- cultivate your tastes.
The Botanist, No.7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE t: 020 7730 0077

For further information please contact Kate Lester or Chris Young at Roche Communications on T: 020 7436 1111 or E: / 13 May 2008 Notes to Editors: Sir Hans Sloane (1660 -1753) vast private collection of plant and animal specimens formed the core of The British Museum and later The Natural History Museum. As well as serving as physician to Queen Anne and King Georges I and II, he spent over a decade as the president of the Royal Society. His 1689 Catalogus Plantarum is the first detailed study of the flora and fauna of Jamaica. Sloane Square and much of the surrounding area is built on lands owned by Sir Hans’ descendents.

FACT SHEET Name: Address: Tel: E-mail: Web: Nearest tube: Covers: Credit cards: The Botanist No.7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE 020 7730 0077 Sloane Square 70 restaurant / 40 bar All major cards excluding Amex and Diners Monday to Friday: 8am to 11.30pm Saturday to Sunday: 9am to 11.30pm Breakfast Monday to Friday: 8am to 12 noon Saturday to Sunday: 9am to 12 noon Lunch Monday to Friday: 12 noon to 3.30pm Saturday Brunch: 12 to 4.30pm Sunday Lunch: 12 to 4.30pm Afternoon Tea Monday to Saturday: 3.30pm to 6pm

Opening hours:
Food served:

Dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10.30pm Pre theatre menus are available from 5pm onwards Bar menu Monday to Sunday

12 noon to 10.30pm

Disabled access: Head chef: Restaurant manager: Bar manager: Owned by:

Yes Shannon Wilson Vera Dennhardt Paulo Brammer ETM Group Ltd. (Tom and Ed Martin)

Other members of the ETM Group:
The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London E14 9NS T: 020 7515 5222 The White Swan Pub and Dining Room, 108 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1ES T: 020 7242 9696 The Empress of India, 130 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, London E9 7LH T: 020 8533 5123 The Well, 180 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JY T: 020 7251 9363 The Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Road, London Fields, E8 3BH T: 020 7249 9996

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