Botanist on the Green

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Kew
Botanist on the Green
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Taking its cue from Kew Gardens, this light, flowery bar-restaurant a short hop south of Kew Bridge offers the illusion that you’re drinking beer in a greenhouse.

There’s plenty of choice: Sagres, Greene King IPA and Erdinger Weiß, plus Symonds and Aspall Suffolk ciders. Anchor Steam Ale, Estrella and Duvel number among the bottled options.

Cocktails (available by glass or pitcher) include a Botanist of gin, passion fruit and sundry juices; the wine list is equally user-friendly.

Quality bar snacks are typified by the meze platter with Exeter Street Bakery focaccia.

Kids’ drawing kits encourage ice-cream pitstops after a trawl through Kew Gardens. The one flaw: brusque-almost-rude bar service on our most recent visit.


Venue name: Botanist on the Green
Address: 3-5 Kew Green
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-2am Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Thur; noon-3pm, 6-9pm Fri; noon-9pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens tube/rail or bus 65, 391
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The biggest Sunday Roast Dinner I have ever had laid down in front of me!

After a freezing cold stroll around Kew Gardens this past Sunday, we were desperate for a hearty and indulgent feed and, after a quick Google search of an area I know very little about, happened upon 'The Botanist on the Green'. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly, and very knowledgeable of the menu which came in handy as I always find it near impossible to pick my Sunday roast meat!

On the waitress's recommendation, I went for the chicken, marking the beginning of what was going to be an extremely gluttonous late lunch and a subsequent slow afternoon and weighty food coma. Served with a half chicken, the meat was extremely moist and accompanied by a unique ginger stuffing ball, ample roast vegetables and a gravy that I am unashamed to say I proceeded to eat out of the boat with a spoon. I give this all of the thumbs up!

So why the 4/5 rating? My boyfriend went for the beef and it was comparatively poor. There was very little meat and the meat he did have was quite chewy and fatty. We did not share the chicken *evil laugh*

Moral of the story, listen to your waitress and you'll be rewarded with one of the best roasts I've had in London over my 10 years here!


After Kew Gardens we came here for dinner because it just looks so pretty and inside, it's not too shabby,  There's two separate bits.  The bit closer to the bar, which has music which is just on the edge of loud for me (pub standard) and then the quieter on the right as you walk in.  This bit is more private and definitely less inhabited as made for groups.  We were able to sit anywhere although the best enclave was taken up by a large family.  We didn't bother with entrees as it was already 8pm.  But I remember clearly that my companion really enjoyed the cod which was a special of the day.  My veggie hamburger which I upgraded with sweet potato fries was ok, the latter was better.  They did that well.  We also shared the profiterole dessert.  Which if made fresh would have been delish.  However aside from the cod - the best thing The Botanist was that the service was really attentive when it needed to be and they had a good selection of craft beer and close to the station back to London.


This was actually a real life port in a storm as a friend and I got borderline drenched on the way to Kew Gardens and found cider plus a chance to dry off in this charming pub! Apologies for worst photo - like ever - because this was really nice and welcoming with super nice staff. I'd definitely go back again and try the food too. A fab option if you've been at Kew and looking for somewhere to go afterwards.


Nice welcoming pub. The live music at weekends is great but avoid if you want a quiet dinner (also the food is better at other pubs nearby - try the Coach and Horses across the way).

Had a fantastic evening in here with some friends after enjoying the Gardens next door. Lovely food, great beer brewed on site and friendly staff.