The Butchers Social at The Forest

4.3
210 reviews
£25 and under
British
The Butchers Social started life in Harborne as a one-night pop up turned 9 month incubation. The Butchers Social was cemented in Henley In Arden and has been a huge success over the last 4 years. 2020 was a year, for everyone very disappointing. We decided to move premises. We have recently purchased The Forest Hotel in Dorridge. 2021 will hopefully not only see one new venue but hopefully a second and third. We are all very excited for the next new chapter.
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AnnieOS
Warwickshire
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike and his team are brilliant. The Sunday lunch is outstanding and the staff are very attentive. Thank you again so much. Anne and Ray O’Sullivan

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AnneH
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from Rosie. Good food. Super evening.

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Duffy
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Well we were expecting a nice Saturday evening but it was so noisy it was like sitting in the middle of new street station and it was so cold, we waited ages for our drinks, we could see them on the end of the bar and eventually went to get them ourselves, we had no starters and was told the kitchen was backed up and it wound be 45 minutes, it eventually arrived as promised 45 minutes later, on cold plates the food was lovely but stone COLD, we did complain but nothing was done, so we sat with our coats on because there was a terrible draft. Parking is not good either, it was like a postage stamp with 1 disabled space. We won’t be going back in a hurry…sorry it was better before take over.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded 2 days ago

Hi. Our restaurant will be moving over into a new room next week which allows better sound control. Saturday's do get very busy for us. I have spoken with the team on duty and I have been told no complaints were made. All of our meals are prepared and cooked to order, so it is disappointing to hear they were stone cold. Our car park fills quickly due to the popularity of our restaurant. Please may you call us so we can match this review to your reservation to further our service to all guests.

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LaurelK
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fab staff - attentive and on the ball. It’s noisy for sure (Friday night) but were sat in a (slightly) quieter space.

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sharonc
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent. Alot of good
Waitress very pleasant didn't crowd us but attentive. Fairly quiet as a Monday but there was another table full of lively people who made it a good atmosphere.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Sharon, we're so pleased you had a great experience with us. We hope to see you and your party again soon.

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SaraM
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening in a party of six . Would have loved a round table next time . Service really good , friendly staff and timings were good .
Over ordered chicken wings to share !
Too many .

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Golfchic
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly helpful staff, food presentation and taste wonderful great attention to detail.

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Roger
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

We did not eat but Rosie was brilliant servicing our table of 8 with drinks all night. It is our regular Third Thursday Lads night out and the last 2 with Rosie and Hannah have been excellent

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 21 November 2021

Hi Roger, thanks your review. Next time you should get a bite to eat with us - our chicken wings would pair perfectly with a round of pints! See you again soon :)

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GilC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lovely lunch on Tuesday . Excellent food and god unintrusive service.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 21 November 2021

Hi Gil, we pride ourselves in our standards of food and service, so we are glad your experience reflected this. We hope to see you again soon.

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ShirleyM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sadly there was a family with three young children that may have been better in the bar area

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JoJo
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've had in a long time. Staff were brilliant. Atmosphere was great. Lovely place to spend a few hours eating and drinking

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 21 November 2021

Hi Jo, thanks for your review. We're so pleased you had a great experience and we can't wait to see you again soon. Many thanks

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LucyN
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night as ever at the Forest!! Busy busy night and they now do the lushest prosecco!! Great ambience great service from Tyler Greg and the gang great team :-)

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JOHNJ
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and food choices. Highly recommended for its quality and friendly welcome

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ZoeC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, attentive and polite staff with great service and a very nice atmosphere. Sunday lunch was lovely and will definitely be returning.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hi Zoe, we're so pleased you had a great time and hope your mum had a lovely birthday with us! We pride ourselves in great food accompanied with excellent service. :)

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LindaP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time enjoying Sunday lunch and it didn’t disappoint. It was a birthday celebration and the team made it a lovely day. Will definitely doing this again.

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PeterC
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our visit. The place was really full with good atmosphere. We tried the salted caramel chicken wings which were fantastic, and the fillet of beef which was perfectly cooked. Too full for dessert but we will definitely be back.

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DavidB
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very good meal served efficiently in lively surroundings.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hi David, thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon for another great experience with us!

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EmmaC
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We loved the butchers social at Henley So booked the forest for my birthday. The service was no where near as attentive to Henley , we went to the bar to reorder drinks in the end
As sat with empty glasses for ages . We asked what the ribeye steak came with , we were told veggies and chips , when it came it was a purée carrot squirl and the tiniest bit of watercress . If we had have realised this we would’ve ordered extra salad or veg as for £27 it wasn’t very fulfilling . One of the waitresses didn’t look very happy and was no where near the standard of the normal bubbly attentive staff we were used to at the butcher’s social in Henley . Overall we were disappointed

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hello, we are so sorry to hear about your experience whilst visiting us. All staff members are currently enrolled into ongoing training to meet the expectation we have set as a business. It is disappointing to learn that the service let your experience down. Please may you call us on 01564 772120. Alternatively, please email at info@thebutchers.social. We would like to hear and discuss your experience further. Rosie Restaurant Supervisor

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JacsH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The beef fillet ox cheek was outstanding. We tried the chicken wings as heard people rave about them but for me they were fine but I probably wouldn’t be bothered with the mess again.

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JudithC
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovley lunch in the main seating area near to the bar. The food was excellent and our service was good ( a little more enthusiasm for her job would have been welcomed from one of the waitresses ) but the other staff were really on form; friendly , knowledgeable and unobtrusive.
We have already booked again for another lunch next month.
Thank you.

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AndrewP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for our anniversary and the table was laid up with sparkles and a hand-written card for when we got there. The team members were all extremely attentive and the food was excellent. Will definitely return.

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JoyceB
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food served at the Butchers Social , Dorridge for lunch was delicious. A lovely choice and beautifully presented. We will certainly visit again , next time for dinner and recommend the restaurant to friends. The atmosphere was relaxing.
The young waitress was extremely pleasant and attentive.
Parking is limited so we had to keep an eye on the time.

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RachaelC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were fantastic, food fantastic, venue fantastic, we will definitely return.

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Trish
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our first Choice for Sunday lunch
Cannot be beaten in this area

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hi Trish, thanks for leaving us a review. We think our Sunday lunch is the best part of the week! See you again soon. :)

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StuartT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere in the bar area, seating was comfortable and provided adequate privacy.
The service was exceptional, all staff were very friendly and helpful.
Food quality and servings were superb. You need a large appetite to try a ‘large’ serving of wings ,the Thai and vindalloo options are fantastic.
Will continue to try all selections on the menu.
Great night.

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GirlsClub
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to check it out as a possible venue for our daughter's 30th birthday next year & highly enjoyed it. Swift service and attentive staff.

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LewisT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant all round and will be returning !! Chicken wing starter was huge and the main course, beer suet pudding was spectacular.

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EwenP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab friendly staff, quality scrummy meal had by all in our group.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 29 October 2021

Hi Ewen, thanks for your review. We're so pleased to hear that you and your party enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. :)

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Yassie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food qas exceptional
Waitress was very happy and professional... hence I topped her well!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 29 October 2021

Hi Yassie, we pride ourselves in great food accompanied with excellent service, therefore we are so happy to hear about your time with us. Thanks!

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RexS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Extremely helpful staff and an excellent meal. In terms of food available in the are it is a 5 star meal. All seemed freshly cooked and well presented. Very well cooked vegetables. It is a bit on the expensive side but the taste of the food makes up for it. The only negative is that it is quite noisy and there is background music which seems rather unnecessary and removing it would help reduce the noise levels. Perhaps the music is need when the restaurant is very empty to fill the "aural gaps" but as it fills it could usefully be turned right down.

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KyllieA
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the beginning to the end. Our waitress was lovely, we asked about putting sides and cauliflower together as me son is vegetarian, she got it perfect.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 29 October 2021

Thanks Kyllie, we are so pleased to hear about your experience with us, and happy that we catered for all your family well. We hope to see you again soon, many thanks. :)

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lisat
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

so pleased Butchers Social has moved to Dorridge, just lovely lovely food

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DinaD
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are always so welcoming service good and food is amazing

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I was excited to hear the Butchers social had relocated from Henley in Arden and have been looking forward to visiting. Friendly and attentive staff and great food - my main was a little salty but that's just personal preference. The crème brûlée was amazing and the salted caramel chicken wings were just as good as I remember them being from the Harborne days of the restaurant. It was a very quiet midweek lunch and I really hope to see it getting busier. Conveniently located opposite Dorridge train station it would be easy to pop in from central Birmingham too.

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TereshaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our dog with us and it was also my birthday. They treated us so well and the service was great! They even provided with plenty of treats for the dog

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 29 October 2021

Hi Teresha, thanks for sharing your experience with us - we hope you had an amazing birthday. Meeting dogs on duty is a perk of the job! We hope to see you again soon.

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blackmetal41
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a 6pm booking and it was very busy. It did take a while for us to order and receive our drinks but after that the service was very good. Slight cock up with our order which was swiftly resolved. Overall the food was delicious and we had a great evening. Also happened to be my birthday for which I received a personal card and a complimentary drink which I wasn't expecting

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 18 October 2021

Hi there, we're sorry that your order was made incorrectly, but pleased it was resolved quickly by the team on duty. We hope to see you again soon so that we can show you what we're about here at The Butchers Social! Many thanks

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HelenG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time as a family to the Butchers Social. Staff very welcoming. Ellie our waitress was very friendly, professional and efficient. Food was excellent, very tasty. Generous portions and lots of fresh veg. Can't wait to go back.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 18 October 2021

Hi Helen, thanks for your review. I will be sure to pass your comments on to Ellie - she is a credit to our team. See you again soon!

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DenyseC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

red wine jus was amazing. potatoes, nice and fluffy, but definitely the super snap peas were terrible, these are not a vegetable to cook and have hanging about. I did not have any roast carrots either, I think they were on the menu, cannot quite remember now. all staff very helpful. the red wine was the right temperature, which is very important.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 18 October 2021

Hi Denyse, we are glad you loved our red wine jus - we love it too! I have raised your comments regarding the roasted carrots and mangetout with the kitchen team - we plate our Sunday lunches with a carrot and parsnip as the base, therefore I am sorry you didn't receive this. The mangetout is cooked briefly, however I have also highlighted your concerns with our head chef. We hope to see you again soon so we can prove what we're about. Rosie Restaurant Supervisor

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KenM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for 4 for Sunday Lunch at 1.00pm on 17 October as a birthday celebration. To my surprise I had a birthday card on the table on our arrival. Service was excellent from a team of servers. Quality of food was outstanding - main courses beef and pork, sweets and coffee - no room for starters. Staff could not do enough for us and they were all smart and well turned out. We would definitely go back.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 18 October 2021

Hi Ken, thanks for your review! We're so pleased to hear about your experience. We pride ourselves in serving quality food accompanied with great service. See you again soon! :)

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RussH
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at the butcher’s social. Food was lovely and the service outstanding. Highly recommended.

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