Archive | May, 2016

The Botanist: bit of a miss

19 May

I didn’t think I’d write these words, having heard such good reviews, but I wasn’t overly impressed with The Botanist.

I tried – and loved – the drinks menu quite soon after it opened but had struggled to book in to the restaurant. You know somewhere must be good if you have to book months in advance right? 

Sadly, I left feeling a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the food – who couldn’t love a runny scotch egg, calamari and a hanging kebab coated in garlic butter?!? 

But it wasn’t ‘out of this world, I’ve waited for months for this food, delicious’. It was just ‘having a nice meal out on a Saturday tasty’.

Considering how far in advance we’d booked, our table was pretty rubbish too. Slap bang in the middle of the restaurant, we couldn’t see outside nor did we have a view of the fab tree that makes the botanist the botanist!

The staff were really lovely and the drinks were fab (we tried a fair few of them too!) but I don’t think I’ll be returning for food in a hurry. 


Reading Challenge: Book 8 conplete

7 May

I’m not going to lie, I’m feeling more than a little smug; not only have I managed to finish eight books by the start of May, I’ve done it by reading (mostly) intelligent books!

For book eight of the reading challenge, I chose to tick the science fiction box – and what better way to do this than with the HG Wells classic, The War of the Worlds.


I must confess that this has appealed to me so little that I’ve never seen the film or known anything about it. 

A book about Martians taking over the Earth is certainly not my idea of light bedtime reading. I did, however, really enjoy it. 

The ending was slightly disappointing – I had expected it to end more with a bang – but maybe it’s fitting that they suffer such a random end. 

If you’re like me and never had any interest in reading this book, is urge you to give it a go.

Now to decide on book nine…

2016 Reading Challenge: Book 7 complete 

1 May

I didn’t have to read the synopsis of book 7 to know it was strange; any book which starts with a young boy watching his mum have sex with a stranger is a little odd.

There isn’t much of a storyline to Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea. I didn’t dislike it but it was, like I said, strange.

Nevertheless, having originally been published in Japanese and subsequently translated into English, this book helps me tick my seventh box in the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

Now on to book 8. For this one, I’m going for a classic science fiction novel, War of the Worlds. Wish me luck!