Did you just say… The Botanist? In Coventry?

Cocktails masterclass at the Botanist, Coventry

I should do this more often,” I think to myself as I chug down a rum and coke, it’s warmth adding a pinch of red to my cheeks as I felt the alcohol sink into my bloodstream. Whelp, here comes Lightweight Lizzie again, but this time I didn’t care. I wasn’t driving, for once, so I could drink as much alcohol as I want (which was only two glasses in the end because of my lightweight-ed-ness). My friend Charlotte had a glass of prosecco – or was it wine? – in her hand, and as soon as we took a lil’ picture for the insta/blog, we carried on observing our friends trying out their hand at a cocktail masterclass at the Botanist in Coventry*.

“Did you just say… The Botanist? In Coventry?” Yep, I sure did! There’s a Botanist in Birmingham that I love and have been to quite frequently, so when an invitation of their launch night in Coventry landed on my doorstep I was super giddy. Cocktails are my thing, and I’ve been wanting to let loose after the stressful month I’ve been having. But when I arrived I didn’t know what to expect – I sure as hell did not expect the Botanist to be this big; from the outside it looked as if it was just a room upstairs, but I experienced a proper Mary-Poppins effect when I opened the glass doors and walked inside. There were delicate white bridges over small winding streams; a pagoda dotted here and there; and a glass ceiling towered over us to give us a greenhouse effect. It’s amazing how they were able to create all of this out of what was a depleting discount store… If I knew any better, I would’ve said it was witchcraft.

The Botanist Coventry The Botanist launch night in Coventry Prosecco and Rum

I swirled the rum and coke concoction in my glass and soon it was mine and Charlotte’s turn to hop behind the bar to try our hand at making a cocktail. Don’t ask me what cocktail it was, but it was bloody lovely and involved some mint and a cucumber. Oh, and a lot of embarrassing face-pulling that only my husband was able to capture (although there was somebody happily snapping away at their camera so who knows where that’s going to end up). I don’t think I laughed so much, or was so happy that I was able to make my own cocktail.

Soon I made my way upstairs – with my ‘homemade’ cocktail in hand – which took me a while because I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the place. It was just so beautiful and I loved the chic decor! I made a promise to myself to come back during the day time, imagining how pretty it would look with the sunlight flooding through the glass roof. At this point we rejoined the Coventry Bloggers group and reached out to whatever canapés that passed by – I was especially fond of the mini burgers – while we explored the upstairs section. Tables dotted around the ‘room’, away from the bustle of the downstairs bar, and it felt somewhat peaceful despite how busy it was.

Panic at the Botanist Cocktails masterclass at the Botanist, Coventry Making cocktails at the Botanist in Coventry Flavoured dry ice Ane gyaru outfit for the Botanist in Coventry

I found myself back at home, kicking off my shoes with a huge grin on my face. Sure, I was probably still a little bit ‘light-headed’ but man I had so much fun! It was so good to see the Coventry Bloggers lot again and even though I’m glad that I haven’t got any more events lined up (hellooooooo lazy days in bed), I can’t wait to see them again.

So, the Botanist in Coventry – it’s super nice to have somewhere nice in lil’ old Coventry, especially because snazzy places like these have only existed in big cities like Birmingham and London! If you’re in the area you should totally check them out because I mean – how instagrammable/blogable is this place?!

Talk soon!

Lizzie xx

*Please note that the Botanist Coventry invited me to their launch night and it was AMAZING, and I speak nothing but the truth!

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  • Emily Harrison
    December 4, 2018

    Such an amazing post! I agree too, it looked so small from the outside but it is amazing! I am going back tomorrow and I can’t wait. Loved this post, really nice <3

    • hellolizziebee
      December 4, 2018

      Awh thanks Emily! Honestly I was blown away by how big it was on the inside… I thought it would just be one little room! Ooh hope you have fun there tomorrow!

  • Isobel
    December 4, 2018

    Definitely need to go back there! Can’t wait to go there for a meal tomorrow evening!

    Isobel x

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    • hellolizziebee
      December 4, 2018

      Ooh hope you have an amazing time! I’ve yet to try the food there (apart from the canapés) but I’m sure it’ll be delicious!

  • Nat
    December 4, 2018

    The Botanist in Coventry looks amazing and I feel like the word breathtaking comes to mind too! 😀

    I loved watching you on Insta live stories of you having a go at the cocktails, I love making cocktails at home so I know how much fun it is to have a go yourself. 😛

    I’m going to The Botanist between Christmas and New Year for a meal with some friends, so I can’t wait to see the place for myself.

    • hellolizziebee
      December 6, 2018

      You really should go sometime, it’s absolutely beautiful! I’m so glad you liked the stories… I tried to capture the place as much as poss!

  • Emily
    December 5, 2018

    It was such a wonderful evening!

  • Emily Harrison
    December 7, 2018

    That was such a wonderful evening! I have been back twice and not had a great experience, but that night was deffo so good 🙂

    • hellolizziebee
      December 8, 2018

      Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that! I want to go in there for lunch sometime… So will see how it goes!

  • Lana
    December 24, 2018

    Girl, if cocktails are your thing then you should come visit soon! I’ll whip you up a killer Mojito, Margarita, Malibu Punch, or anything your wondeful heart desires! 😉 I’m happy that you had such a good time with your friend, the place does look awesome!

    • hellolizziebee
      December 24, 2018

      Oh my that sounds amaaaaazing! I’d love to try them all one day! <3 Thank you so much! <3

  • Kieli
    January 2, 2019

    Such a gorgeous place! I would love to party with you there. I love your whole look too!