Inside York’s newest bar: 12 pictures of cocktail hotspot just opened in historic venue

Shaken or stirred? One of the first cocktails served at The Botanist. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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Shaken or stirred? One of the first cocktails served at The Botanist. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Shaken or stirred? One of the first cocktails served at The Botanist. Photograph: Richard McDougall

It has changed so much that only occasionally do you remember that York’s newest bar was once one of its most traditional shops.

The Botanist on Stonegate has emerged from what was once china and glassware stalwarts Mulberry Hall. And although it has a completely fresh look, the bar and restaurant has a distinctly retro vibe.

Complementing the building’s 15th century beams and wooden floors, The Botanist features distressed cupboards and wing-back leather armchairs.

Plenty of room to chill

Plenty of room to chill

Early customers

Early customers

It is the 11th bar to open in the chain run by The New World Trading Company. The York pub and restaurant has a floorspace of 5,000sq ft, with 80 covers across the ground floor.

Visitors can try a range of botanical cocktails including a Plum and Thai Basil Mojito, a Cinnamon and Oregano Old Fashioned alongside beers, ales, a wide selection of gin, and wine.

Prices for cocktails start at £7.95.

Not sure if we'll get in…

Not sure if we’ll get in…

The bar's own herb stash

The bar’s own herb stash

On the food front, The Botanist serves brunch, lunch and dinner with starters priced from £4.95 and mains from £9.95.

There will be live gigs in the evenings as well as “lazy Sunday afternoon music sessions”.

A stairway to heaven. Or the first floor, anyway

A stairway to heaven. Or the first floor, anyway

Feel the history

Feel the history

To celebrate its opening, the pub will be hosting a wishing tree in St Helen’s Square on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (November 19 and 20).

You are encouraged to make a wish, with the bar owners promising to make some of them come true.

Dine under the historic beams

Dine under the historic beams

A cupboard of potions

A cupboard of potions

Hat's off to the refurb team

Hat’s off to the refurb team

Time to reflect

Time to reflect

What was once Mulberry Hall has a new look

What was once Mulberry Hall has a new look