The Butchers Arms

4.8
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136 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Welcome to the Butchers Arms.

Our 16th century Public House is situated on Lime Street in the parish of Eldersfield near Gloucester.

The Butchers Arms is first and foremost a rural pub, where the bar is the hub of life, with low ceilings, wooden floors, roaring fires and real ale served straight from the cask.

The food is British and we source only the finest ingredients from local suppliers. The menu constantly changes according to what is in season.

Please note that as it is a small pub and we are unable to cater for children under the age of 10.
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SP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round! Will definitely come again. Fantastic service, food was incredibly and great that it could be catered to me as I’m pregnant.
The atmosphere was lovely too, you can really tell it’s got a wholesome family/ community feel

NA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely welcome. Service very good throughout the experience. Food was delicious on every course. Don’t usually have a desert but couldn’t resist one here. Fine choices of wine available to match any dish well. Good ambiance. Have booked to go back!

KC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and worth the journey but the best thing about The Butchers Arms is the staff; friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommended.

A
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us in one voice say that our lunch in the Butchers Arms was excellent in all respects. Even our two teenagers impressed us with their appreciation of the ‘adult’ menu and they really ‘tucked in’. Don’t expect pub grub if you eat in the Butchers Arms nor ‘fine dining’ because it is actually better than that - a small hybrid menu with delicious food served in good portions. Desserts, which all too often disappointing in so many establishments, are superb. We look forward to returning.

t
Surrey
28 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff made us feel genuinely welcome. Attractive pub surroundings with a rustic feel. Excellent value set dinner menu with quality ingredients, well matched and beautifully cooked and presented. Short but interestingly-selected wine list. This is a little gem of an eaterie, run by a couple who are in love with what they do, and it shows. Well worth a return visit.

NE
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food - so lucky to have this close by! It's little in the pricier side, but you won't be disappointed.

RW
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellently cooked meal from a happily simple choice on an excellent menu. Fine front of house service.

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 15 August 2019

Thank you very much for your review!

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DN
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as always, in a lovely atmosphere and served by friendly staff. Do not expect pub grub here.
This is more than a pub but less formal than a "gastro-pub" and all the better for it too.
We will be back...again!

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 15 August 2019

Thank you very much for your kind review, really glad you enjoyed the food and service. See you soon!

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SH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service in a lovely country pub location. Will definitely be going back again. I can’t recommend highly enough.

BA
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Class setting for a great meal in a beautiful pub. Service was outstanding as the front of house even driving us home after the meal. Wine was great, grub was brilliant and i would recommend thoroughly.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, relaxed service. Nice selection of dishes on the menu - I could have eaten any of them. Everyone in our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed their meals and plates were wiped clean (that doesn't mean that portions were too small!!). Would recommend although please note that prices are on the higher side - reasonable for level of quality though.

ST
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The set lunch menu is very good value or you can spend more by going a la carte! A lovely welcoming place to eat with both locals drinking and visitors eating equally well looked after by the friendly staff. Highly recommend a visit - you will not be disappointed!

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you very much for your review

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A charming destination pub with a warm welcome and an original menu. We had a lovely birthday meal for two

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 31 July 2019

Glad you enjoyed the birthday meal and hope to see you soon. Thanks

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SM
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our evening at this restaurant. The food is beautifully cooked and presented without being cheffie. In other words it was real food and not prissy which we are quite fed up with. The burrata starter was very special. We loved the desserts and the wines are good and reasonably priced with an outstanding pinot gris rose. Staff are warm, friendly and efficient. This is a small staff who work extremely hard but they obviously enjoy what they’re doing and it is a great building to work in with loads of atmosphere and people enjoying themselves. We also liked that we were not rushed. Love to return one day.

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thank you for your review

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B
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant!! Excellent food, good choice of wine friendly staff ambiance 18th century re invented with Farrow and Ball.

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thanks for your review & hope to see you soon!

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D
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service with very attentive staff, Food okay but expected more considering it awards

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 31 July 2019

Thanks for your review David. I hope we meet your expectations on your next visit.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible. We’ll be back!

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 16 July 2019

Thank you and hope to see you soon!

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D
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, super friendly and helpful. Lovely unique place that is great for special occasions, they make a big effort for everyone. Highly recommend.

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 16 July 2019

Thank you for your review!

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F
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We left the restaurant disappointed, although there were some very good things about the meal. I was not impressed with the bread which was heavy and not particularly tasty. Three of us chose the prawn and crab salad which we felt was overpriced and very ordinary, with 3 fairly tasteless prawns and the small amount of crab overpowered by the sauce. The fourth of our party had the scotch egg which he said was very good. The main courses were fine, especially the locally sourced venison. The desserts were good standard fare. When we have been in the past we have been excited by the cooking but this was not the case this time. We felt that this was bistro food at fine dining prices.

MW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly attentive staff, nice atmosphere, great well cooked and presented food and a decent real ale. What more could you want?

The Butchers Arms
Responded on 16 July 2019

Thank you for your kind review!

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DH
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the courtesy call the day before our reservation to the warmth of the welcome on arrival very friendly and help, the food was really wonderful a great time was had by us all.

KW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food amazing
Atmosphere amazing
Staff amazing
Definitely worth the trip

CT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food , & beautifully presented . Full of rustic charm , warm & friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.

AW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious in every sense of the word. Only slight disappointment was the price. Having eaten there under previous ownership and a Michelin Star, was disappointed the price didn't reflect the more bistro feel of this lovely eatery. Would definitely recommend but also warn about cost.

WF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tucked away in rural Gloucestershire this is a destination public house serving exquisite food.

Good to see the ale in barrels behind the bar and a great choice of wine / gin.

Not massive inside which adds to the atmosphere, however it has all the elements of a great foody night out.

As a non drinker that eve would have loved to see some non alcoholic beers ( try Adnams low alcohol Ghost Ship or Brew Dog Nanny State - both hoppy and flavoursome)

All round good location and worth 50min drive.

NH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A superb pub with fantastic food and great service. Refreshing not to have loud music pumping away in the background as with other pubs we have visited
We would highly recommend a visit as the food was exceptional.

CH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensitively crafted food in a wonderful setting. If you want to get away from "giant cod and chips" this the place for you. A food and proper British pub lovers dream.

LP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food as always, lovely quite location and surroundings.

SS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

superb food with relaxed atmosphere.
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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stunning food, lovely owner/staff, charming venue!

O
Worcestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good ingredients, clever variation on breaded fish (hake) with wild garlic, raw fennel, crushed new potatoes, asparagus. Hereford fillet good quality but nowhere near cooked to medium that was ordered.
Rather too quiet meal at lunchtime Bank Holiday Friday but friendly service and locals. Quaint setting and historic building.

JT
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is lovely and the service is superb. My number one choice for a special dinner.

CA
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly service made us feel very special. Food top class superb attention to detail. Is now a go to destination for special fine dining.

N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for lunch and had a fabulous meal. The pub has a lovely ambiance and really friendly service. Every part of meal was fantastic with fresh ingredients that were prepared and presented with care and attention to detail. It's a shame we don't live closer.

GW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a Birthday meal, we were made to feel very welcome, the food an ambience was wonderful - can't wait to go again.

a
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an anniversary meal. The service was impeccable, they couldn't have been more helpful. All three courses were superb, including a perfectly cooked Chateaubriand. Not cheap, but worth every penny. This was our second visit, we'll definitely be returning.

LN
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little restaurant out in the sticks. We drove from South Worcester and it was only a half hour drive that was made all the more worth it by the incredibly attentive staff and owners and of course the great food! Really well priced and will definitely be making another trick soon!

KG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received a warm welcome with an offer to take our coats. There was enough choice of food and several wines were available by the glass. The food turned out to be excellent and was the best meal of our holiday. The service was excellent despite the staff looking a little hard pressed; they worked hard! I would definitely recommend.

DN
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite gastro pubs. Always superb food and service and is to be recommended.

MB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent meal. Great service, great menu - my fav in Gloucestershire!

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