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The Botanist (Castle (Mitchells & Butlers) )

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Botanist - MaximusExcellent1
Botanist - Sixty FiveExcellent1
Botanist - NemophilaExcellent1
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Good1
Botanist - Humulus LupulusGood3
Botanist - Kew GreenGood1
Botanist - OK BitterAcceptable1
Botanist - Skunk IPAAcceptable1
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Hadley's BlondeAcceptable1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Botanist - Night PorterNot Tried0
Botanist - Queen CharlotteNot Tried0
Botanist - Three Nine OneNot Tried0
Botanist - Pumpkin AleNot Tried0
Botanist - 391Not Tried0
Botanist - Manneken BritNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Skinner's - Cornish TrawlerNot Tried0
Andwell - Red IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. The Botanist, Kew, Greater London
Picture 2. The Botanist, Kew, Greater London

Visits Details

17 Jun 2014 (HSB)
12:50 Very quiet. Group of vicars having lunch and one other couple. Barmaid up on her beer. £4.25 a pint!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50GoodI don't normally like Sambrook's beers but this one is rather good.
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Hadley's Blonde4.00AcceptableToo malty
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Skinner's - Cornish Trawler3.80Not Tried
Andwell - Red IPA4.50Not Tried
16 Jun 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Late lunchtime and the pub is packed out. A few just in for a drink and they are all wedged rather awkwardly around the bar area. I just stopped for a quick half – mainly to help recover from the shock of discovering that an adult ticket to enter Kew Gardens now costs £16 (up from 10p the first time I visited).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Botanist - Maximus5.80ExcellentA pretty good, strong, red ale with rich malt and some nice hops.
Botanist - Humulus Lupulus3.80Not Tried
Botanist - Kew Green4.80Not Tried
Botanist - Nemophila4.70Not Tried
Botanist - 3914.00Not Tried
Botanist - Manneken Brit7.50Not Tried
09 Nov 2012 (Magnus Greel)
Modern and welcoming brew pub with a good selection of beers for all tastes..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Botanist - Humulus Lupulus3.80ExcellentMy kind of beer so had 2 of these - light hoppy and full fruit flavours come through quite quickly
Botanist - OK Bitter4.20Not Tried
Botanist - Skunk IPA5.80Not Tried
Botanist - Kew Green4.80Not Tried
Botanist - Sixty Five3.40Not Tried
Botanist - Nemophila4.70Not Tried
09 Nov 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. First time here - a terrific range of beers brewed on the premises.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Botanist - Humulus Lupulus3.80Excellent
Botanist - Nemophila4.70ExcellentBeautiful burnt malt stout
Botanist - OK Bitter4.20Not Tried
Botanist - Sixty Five3.40Not Tried
Botanist - Three Nine One4.10Not Tried
Botanist - Pumpkin Ale5.20Not Tried
19 Feb 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Still busy at 4:30 with lunchtime diners and we had to sit in the restaurant area for a while until space was freed up in the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Botanist - Sixty Five3.40ExcellentA dark red/brown mild with a thin, tan head. Malty and chocolatey and very slightly roasty. Not much evidence of hops. My favourite beer from this brewery so far.
Botanist - Kew Green4.80GoodOrange, cloudy, wheat beer. Sweetish and very fruity – with strawberry and raspberry flavours.
Botanist - Humulus Lupulus3.80AcceptableGolden and very hoppy, with a floral-type hop. Insufficient body to give balance. Very bitter aftertaste.
Botanist - OK Bitter4.20Not Tried
Botanist - Queen Charlotte5.20Not Tried'Coming Soon'
29 Jan 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Although I was one of the first through the door at 12 noon, this large pub soon filled with young families out for Sunday lunch – toddlers everywhere. There seemed little interest in the home-brew at this particular session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Botanist - OK Bitter4.20AcceptableOK stands here for ‘Origin Kew’, but the more usual meaning would not be inappropriate. Copper-coloured and malty and just a little bit raw.
Botanist - Skunk IPA5.80AcceptableA ‘Black IPA’. Very deep red in colour with a big, off-white head. Initial slight roast taste, then mostly astringent hops.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Botanist - Night Porter5.00Not Tried
Botanist - Humulus Lupulus3.80Not Tried'Coming Soon'
Botanist - Kew Green4.80Not Tried'Coming Soon'

About The Botanist

The pub sign. The Botanist, Kew, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent5
Good2
Acceptable4
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Website.

The pub is found in Kew, Greater London, TW9 3AA.

A large pub with a heavy emphasis on food, one of four surviving pubs which overlook Kew Green. Suddenly on the radar of beer enthusiasts when a small brewery was installed in September 2011. The kit stood in full view in the main bar area and various brewery-related events were organised. The pub was taken over by M&B in late 2013 and the brewery was closed and the equipment was subsequently removed for a new life at the Brewhouse & Kitchen in Islington.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 19 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TW9 3AA