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The award-winning ‘The New World Trading Company’ (NWTC) has opened a new Botanist in Reading.
The Botanist has bedded in to the ground floor of a former Barclays Bank. The King Street building has been a bank ever since 1814, when William Simonds of brewer ‘Simonds’ Reading’ set it up. It was called Simonds’ Bank until it merged with Barclays in 1913. Simonds’ brass nameplate – ‘J and C Simonds’ – is still on the wall today.
The Botanist is a unique concept inspired by all things botanical and the space plays host to live music with energetic evening gigs, along with lazy Sunday afternoon sessions enjoying a real home-from-home atmosphere.
As well as a selection of world-famous beers and ales, the extensive botanical menu sees a whole host of fresh fruit, herbs and spirits, merged and muddled to create
a number of unique delights. With over 45 botanical creations there’s plenty to choose from; a number of long
and short cocktails are available alongside martinis, flutes and a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails. Guests can also expect classic cocktails with a botanical twist, such as a Rhubarb Gin Old Fashioned or a Blackberry Mint Julep.
Alongside the extensive drinks offering, discerning diners will feast on food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ.
General manager Matt Tomkins said: “We are very excited that we have a home in such a vibrant city, people from Reading have been so welcoming and we are thrilled to be a part of it!”
With 13 Botanists countrywide, and the concept-brand filtering through to the South, we all have much to look forward to.
Enjoy the South would like to invite two readers to The Botanist in Marlow, Reading or Farnham to enjoy a meal for two with a bottle of wine.
Laid-back, cool and tranquil, The Botanist is a great place to enjoy a relaxing daytime catch up or the perfect venue to enjoy an evening of drinking and dining with friends.
The bar offers a well-stocked cellar of cask- conditioned ales, more than 80 bottled beers
and ciders from around the world, a selection of Champagnes and a soon to be world-famous cocktail menu.
Food at The Botanist comes in the form of a rustic deli-style menu with rotisserie and barbecue influences and there’s live music throughout the week.
The Botanist is an impressive take on the old mixed with the new, a combination of Victorian and modern exteriors, coupled with striking yet cosy interiors. The
impressive venue offers ample room throughout the restaurant and bar. It is unlike anything else with heated outdoor gardens and cosy indoor fire pit bringing the outdoors in.
There is live music every evening – the soundtrack a variation of new and old, enthusiastically delivered live on piano, guitar and vocals.
To be in with a chance of winning simply email with the name of who you would like to take for dinner and why!
Two winners will be chosen at random and one each notified in August 2017 and November 2017 – conditions apply.
Entrants must be over 18 and will be happy for New World Trading to contact them with more information about The Botanist chain.

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