Situated in the blossoming Baltic Triangle, the Botanical Garden is an urban oasis amongst industrial warehouses. The Garden re-opened for its third season last weekend, attracting local revellers and gin enthusiasts.
For those self-confessed gin connoisseurs, the Negroni and Plymouth Martini cocktails are highly recommended. Comprising of gin, vermouth and Campari, the Negroni is a bitter aperitif; while the Martini is a quintessential cocktail made with Plymouth gin and vermouth – it certainly packs a punch.
If strong gin cocktails aren’t your game, you could always opt for the New Bird Cooler: a tantalising twist on the summertime classic, Pimms – it includes ginger ale and is garnished with mint and strawberries. The Garden’s most popular drink is the classic gin in a tin – it’s a light gin and tonic and the perfect accompaniment to an al fresco afternoon.
This season, the Botanical Garden plays host to Ta’amiya – a vegetarian friendly pop-up street food vendor. Ta’amiya offers a unique twist on Middle-Eastern fare, by combining flavours from Berlin and Mexico with traditional Moroccan ingredients. The Berliner falafel is a take on Berlin’s famous currywurst, while the Mayan Wonder falafel fuses together Mexican and Moroccan flavours. Ta’amiya’s dishes were full of flavour and well-executed, and complimented the outdoor setting.
Throughout the afternoon, the crowds were lulled by the sound of acoustic music, provided by singer Kate Nash. The acoustic sound complimented the relaxed garden vibe. By the end of the day, the Garden grew lively with a disco themed dj set, provided by Jimmy Allen and James Morgan, and Morf. The Botanical Garden is the perfect location to enjoy a relaxed afternoon, or is an ideal starting place for an evening out on the town.
While the sun plays a role in drawing in the crowds, the garden can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. The Greenhouse offers cosy seating, heaters and even hot water bottles on those chillier Liverpool days – but with atmospheric music, a g&t in one hand and a falafel wrap in the other, a bit of rain never hurt anyone.
The Botanical Garden is now in bloom throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Open daily from midday – 11pm, weather permitting.