The Butchers Arms

4.7
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160 reviews
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British
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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CP
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Really cosy and the food surpassed expectations.

NB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, friendly service.
Don’t let the floods stop you getting there!

AE
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely staff, nice atmosphere never disappoints

WF
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive service. Food interesting and well presented

MT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal for my sons 21st birthday. We chose four different starters and mains from the menu and all were absolutely delicious. These were followed by a beautifully rich Chocolate Ganache with honeycomb and cherries.mmmm. This is a very warm and welcoming pub with amazing food accompanied by very friendly staff and wonderful service. Can't wait for our next visit.

JW
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, building and interior. Couldn’t have wished for a more friendly and welcoming atmosphere. A perfect mix of professional yet thoroughly warm and genial. Lovely food and wine. Just wish it was closer to home, although absolutely well worth the journey. Can’t fault.

X
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious! Staff really friendly and lovely too, and what an amazing building. Only thing I would say is that there was no music at all and we found ourselves almost whispering at points. Would definitely go back though!

LC
Northampton
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to The Butchers Arms and we were delighted. The staff that were on that particular evening were fantastic, a great asset to the place, friendly, full of smiles, and just the right amount of chat to make it all very relaxing. Food was superb, I had the duck and my partner the hake, cooked beautifully. Lovely fires on a very dismal evening and candles, the atmosphere was perfect. We shall definitely go back, it is probably about an hours drive away, and certainly worth it.

c
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

This is the first time that I’ve eaten here with these new owners, and the food was much much better than with the previous ones. The place is far more welcoming now, but it’s far too expensive for what it is.

ER
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had been to the Butchers Arms on several occasions in the past before it changed hands and had always thoroughly enjoyed our meal. This was the first time we had been back since the change of ownership and we were a little disappointed. The welcome and service was lovely, however the food felt a little confused and at times lacked attention to detail.

The mains in particular were disappointing, with a steak that although perfectly cooked, was served lukewarm and had little extra on the dish to add interest. The lamb again was beautifully cooked but my husband found the accompanying barley and pomegranate salad jarred with the meat and the whole dish was served in a bowl, making it awkward to tackle the lamb cutlet.

For desert we had the sticky toffee pudding, in essence a square of sponge with sauce pooled around the plate and a blob of ice cream. Again, perfectly edible but for a restaurant that proudly touts it’s entries in the good food guide and the Michelin guide, it felt profoundly average.

VW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit with the new hosts in charge and we were not disappointed. Excellent menu choices, superb food and great service. Highly recommended.

M
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and service was perfect the interior is full of character

HM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely night food was delightful, service excellent and we will return soon. Thank you

AB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome, service and food was outstanding. I had the beef steak, which was cooked exactly as requested and beautifully tender and my partner said the venison was the best that she had ever had.

JT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really love coming here. The warm welcome. The fabulous food. The amazing service. Definitely one of my favourites. Thank you

RW
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and original food, prompt and friendly service in a charmingly rustic setting.

NA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class food, great service, lovely choice of wines (some very nice inexpensive gems there), nice, if loud, ambience, excellent range of options in both prix fixé and a la Carte menus. Reasonable pricing too. What’s not to like?!

SC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally warm service, fantastic food and knowledgeable advice. Thank you for a lovely meal.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were staying overnight in Cheltenham (Thursday 26 September 2019) and were looking for something special for dinner. Well, we certainly found that at The Butchers Arms. What amazing experience. On arrival the property looked beautiful and inviting. Inside, we had a very friendly welcome. The menu was perfectly balanced and the food was outstanding. We cannot recommend The Butchers Arms highly enough.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service. Little noisy at peak. London standard cooking in countryside

NF
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great.
I would recommend and would visit again.

MH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy smiling faces, quaint and cosy half timbered building and fantastic food - nothing else required for a perfect evening. Thank you to all.

C
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Outstanding service, starting with a wonderful welcome. Have eaten here myriad times previously, however this time the quality of food was not even close to the other occasions.

SP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DB
East Sussex
10 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly welcome and ongoing service. A nice small menu and delicious well prepared food. The ambience was very pleasant and this pub is fully recommended.

NA
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RW
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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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