To coincide with this weeks Botanical interior theme, what better place to review than The Botanist in Leeds…
From the same creative minds that brought you Manchester’s Oast House, The Alchemist and Grand Pacific to name just a few, in 2013 Living Ventures blessed us with another fab themed bar/restaurant to sink our teeth into. This time it was the wonderful city of Leeds that got a sprinkling of New World Trading’s fairy dust with the launch of The Botanist in the Trinity Shopping Centre. Nestled at the Boar Lane entrance in an enchanting little nook between the shopping complex and the cities Holy Trinity Church, it appears as if by magic with a little help from some LED path lighting that guides you to the entrance. The establishment boasts an array of botanically prepared cocktails and spirits together with a menu of healthy and hearty rustic grub to compliment. Condiments are served in quaint wicker baskets whilst cocktails appear in wooden crates and plant pot shaped mugs.
On arrival you’ll notice that this little gem is hidden beneath the shopping centre making it all the more secretive and exciting. A rusted metal entrance showcasing spiralled fencing and metal copper-looking palm leaves greet you at the stairs. A large post holding the restaurant name hints at the interior theme inside with a rustic iron hen and watering can display. An outdoor section contains a collection of seating and tables for rustic alfresco dining.
Interior Inspiration – Botanical
Make your way into the premises and the botanical interior theme takes hold like a trail of luscious ivy. The establishment is made up of several intimate low ceiling rooms including the aptly named Conservatory. The bar area is lined with glass spherical outdoor lanterns whilst factory style wall lamps highlight a display of framed botanical diagrams and photographs on the wall. A light fitting or sculpture as it should be described takes centre stage displaying a chandelier of cascading droplets and crystals mixed with rustic garden lanterns and industrial tools conveying an almost rough luxe interior trend. A snug side room features rakes and trowels hanging in a display on the walls with strategically placed plant pot light pendants suspended from the industrial-esque low ceiling room.
Interior ‘Garden Shed’ Style
In the Conservatory exposed beams mingle with copper piping on the ceiling giving a shabby country feel, whilst white washed brick brings in the industrial element. The whole look is very ‘garden shed’ interior related, think garden paraphernalia and rustic greenhouse vibes. Another lighting sculpture again showcasing a very ‘Oast House-look’ hangs above, constructed from a large wooden ladder which is suspended above the dining area showcases a plethora of rustic glass lanterns, rusty chains and squirrel cage bulbs. Iron machinery, wooden bird boxes and caged hanging baskets complete the fitting. More horticultural interior elements can be found on the walls surrounding, as old plant pots and selections of herbs are displayed on rustic wooden shelving.
Overall this is a beautifully presented place, Living Ventures have yet again struck gold with everything from the décor to the food and not forgetting the service. We love the horticultural elements and the overall botanical interior theme, it’s a great laid back feel for visitors so it’s definitely a thumbs up from us.
To incorporate this look into your home choose shabby chic furniture against metal finished fittings. Accessorise with industrial lanterns such as our Logan 1 Light Ceiling Pendant – Copper mixed with glass and crystal effect lighting like our 3 Tier Wine Glass Chandelier – Black for a rough luxe effect. Don’t be afraid to introduce outdoor lanterns like our Tees Outdoor Spun Cowl Wall Light – Black into your interior, the botanical interior look is all about bringing the outdoors in and that includes lighting. Squirrel Cage Light Bulbs are also a must for this look, don’t forget to throw in some sort of glass lantern into the mix for instance our 3 Light Hall Lantern Ceiling Pendant in Antique Brass will work perfectly in this interior. For additional accessories choose ornamental watering cans and plant pots to pull together the rustic horticultural feel. Finish with some green foliage in particular ferns and ivy trails and fill your walls with plant motifs and prints for that all important botanical look. Check out our Look Book below for more inspiration.
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