16 May 2015

Quiz Night at the Botanist

I don't think I've actually taken part in a pub quiz since I last worked at a pub that did them, and that was a LOT of years ago. It's a shame really, as it's the sort of thing that's right up my street - drinking with friends while pretending to be really smart. So when I was invited along to take part in Quiz Night at The Botanist I was more than a little excited!

Fun quiz nights in leeds

I popped along last Sunday with teammates Sammie, Hayley and Gabby to prove our superior knowledge (ok that didn't work out quite as planned but that's not the point!) I'd heard great things about the quiz at The Botanist, and it sure did seem very popular! The place was packed out with very well organised and enthusiastic teams for whom this is clearly a regular event! 

blogger events botanist leeds

As well as our quiz sheets, we were provided with a range of drinks and nibbles, to keep us feeling fresh and motivated for our intellectual exercise! Great news for me as I have a great love for the amazing cocktail range at The Botanist, as well as their lovely food! 

big wave beer with cocktail chaser

One of the new additions to the drinks menu is the 'Brewers and Botanists' range - a meeting of the finest botanical-inspired cocktails and best beers. Above is the 'Number Three' - dried pink rose buds, rose syrup, pineapple and lime juices, Amaretto Disaranno, and Southern Comfort, served with a bottle of Kona Big Wave. 

brewers and botanists no 2

Three looked beautiful, and seemed to go down a treat with my teammates, but I'd gone for the 'Number Two' instead - Micro red amaranthe, Havana Club 3 year old rum, almond syrup and lime juices served with a can of Paulaner Hefeweisse. Before this, I would have definitely thought that ordering a cocktail and beer at the same time would be just asking for trouble, but this seemed remarkably civilized as well as decidedly tasty!

well presented food wheelbarrow and plantpot

The presentation of the food at The Botanist is a constant source of delight. The Pate in a plant pot with it's wheelbarrow chutney accompaniment is just beautiful to behold. The mini wheelbarrow actually works too - joy!

nibbles at the botanist olives

Sadly, pate isn't really my thing, and nor are the olives we were provided with too, so I just appreciated their aesthetic value while tucking into the Cumberland and pork chipolatas with honey grain mustard, yum! 

botanist leeds nibbles

My favourite though is the baked Camembert, with fruit and flatbed. I know the world offers many different and varied culinary experiences, with a great deal of tasty and exciting options available at the Botanist alone, but at the end of the day good bread and cheese takes a whole lot of beating! Having a great range of nibbley dishes between us all makes it seem like a more friendly, communal eating experience than if each of us had our own plated dishes too, so this selection perfectly matched the 'coming together as a team' vibe that's so valuable to the quiz experience!

food at the botanist

Speaking of the quiz experience, once we'd eaten it was about time to get started, The quiz was heavily music based, and the use of a live piano really added to the atmosphere. As well as having standard quiz questions, other round included a rather embarrassing sing-along, a beer-tasting round, and pipe cleaner creations amongst others.

the botanist pub quiz activities

I was quite pleased with my little giraffe but sadly he didn't win us any points!

pub quiz challenge leeds

Though I don't think we did too badly as a team, we definitely didn't come close to winning either. But hopefully we now know which of our weaknesses to work on for next time, so we'll be ready for them! I also got to drown my disappointment in our score with another treat from the cocktail menu. 

Out of all the wonderful things I got to taste on the evening, this is the one I'm most desperate to get back for again! The Chocolate Rose is a heavenly combination of Green Mark vodka, rose liqueur, liquid chocolate, milk and cream. Like a boozy Turkish Delight milkshake, I could happily drink a lot of these!

delicious creamy cocktail

The quiz was in aid of the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in West Yorkshire - I'm pleased to say that £300 was raised for this worthy cause on the evening as part of The Botanist's ongoing fund raising efforts. Great work to all involved! 

Also a massive thanks to the Botanist for having us along, and to my team mates for their knowledge and lovliness!


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