The Butchers Social at The Forest

4.3
264 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. 2022 will unveil an exciting future for The Butchers Social, and we can't wait for the next new chapter.
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DeniseP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very good food, had to wait a bit of a time for main meal, maybe because it is cooked fresh, but overall very good.

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LCP80
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent! Refurb is fabulous. Lucky to have lots of good places to eat locally, but I think this is the best roast around!

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Brandon
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice Sunday roast.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and wasn’t disappointed, had Sunday Lunch with a starter and dessert and I can honestly say one of the best Sunday Lunches I’ve ever had and I’ve had a few, will definitely be back and will try and work my way through the excellent menu, service was also excellent and such a friendly vibe

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PhilR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch with family, outstanding food and service.

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vipLucyNew
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Butchers Social is OUTSTANDING, yesterday it was Sunday lunch and the pork and the beef were just sublime, all of the food is! Congratulations to Mike, Andy Gill and the whole team, all of whom make us feel so so lucky to have this in our local area! HIGHLY RECCOMEND!

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Mozza
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Sunday lunch in the Ballroom Restaurant. Staff were very friendly and super efficient. We had a lovely meal, the food was delicious and was well presented and hot. Thank you, will definitely return.

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NicolaS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as was the service. Couldn’t fault any part of the evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and ambiance.
The first time we have eaten at The Butchers social since it moved to the forest and it was amazing .The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and we had a great evening .
The staff were amazing especially our waitress Hannah and the manager Rosie,Everyone was on point and knew exactly what they were doing.The food was also excellent and the menu was seasonal and had an amazing variety.I can only say I would definitely be back again and recommend it.Best restaurant around Dorridge!

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TonyE
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at The Butchers Social last night. We had their legendary wings as a starter, my wife had the veggie version (cauliflower) before sharing a Chateaubriand between us. The steak was cooked perfectly and served with a portion of chips each, a bowl of veggies and two sauces all for £70 between two. Really good wine menu too.

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PhilR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service as always 👍

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NeilE
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a Sunday evening will try at a weekend for sure

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Dourscot
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We dine here a lot. Portion sizes have decreased post Christmas. I know we should diet but let us decide when😀.
Had to move from the ballroom area. Too noisy

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PhilG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - service, food and setting. The Forrest is bac on the map ...

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 12 January 2022

Hi Phil, we're so pleased to hear you had a great experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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HayleyP
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Not a very good atmosphere, food ok. Looks nice on photos online but just ok really, mains were better than starters. We were expecting more from the take over and re vamp from our last visit which wasn’t great when that first happened. It’s just ok for quite heavy prices

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Hayley, it's disappointing to hear about your experience not being as hoped for. We aim to exceed expectations of all guests, therefore it's upsetting to read about yours. We would love to welcome you again at your convenience to prove ourselves to you. We do still have many refurbishment plans which will unfold as 2022 goes on - it would be great to share these with you.

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AlanD
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. Would definitely eat there again

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Mozza
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Great service, friendly, knowledgable and efficient. Superb food, well cooked and well presented. Definitely would go back. Thank you for a very nice lunch.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 6 January 2022

Hi there, we're so pleased you had a great meal with us! We hope to see you back again soon :)

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LindaW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal at the Butchers Social with family. We had wings to start and the beef Sunday roast for main. It was absolutely gorgeous. In fact one of my sons said it’s probably the best meal he has had. Compliments to the chef.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Arrived on time waited for table to be cleaned even though there were several available tables. Waited atleast 10 mins for menus and a drinks order … food finally arrived after around 55 minutes … huge portions I don’t know if the chef put extra because we’d waited so long … but 1 portion of chicken wings could easily been shared with 2 people !!! Mains arrived again loads of food great presentation but sadly PICKLED in salt !!!! Positive points … our waiter was absolutely lovely … negative points must have counted 20 waiting staff no manager giving them direction … restaurant itself too bright, too big and no atmosphere …. Was better when this chef was on Henley High Street …. Would we go back … sadly not !!!!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 6 January 2022

Hi there, we are so sorry to hear that you waited for your table, and that your experience with us was not as hoped for. Our chicken wings can seem like a large portion however, this is just our usual standard and has been the same through our previous venues. We are sorry to hear about your main courses tasting over-seasoned, please don’t hesitate to let any member of our team know if something’s not exactly right - we would have appreciated the opportunity to resolve this with you on Sunday.

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Dillydog1
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Something is missing sadly. The food was very good which is obviously the most important thing but the staff came across as not really being sure about what they were doing - it was as though they were all training but sadly it felt like that. I was rather surprised when the bill came that we had been charged £3 for an extra jug of red wine jus! Hasn’t been told there would be a charge & I’ve never been asked to pay for mire gravy anywhere else. Disappointed that we were unable to add a Yorkshire pudding to a roast pork too - apparently the chef only cooks enough yorkies for the beef lunches The ambience is lacking. You did feel that you were in a hotel function room which is what it is rather than a restaurant and this killed any atmosphere totally. The food was very good but not sure I’d be back in a hurry sorry.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 5 January 2022

Hi there, we would like to apologise regarding your experience to us, this is not our usual standard. All staff are trained, we hold our team to the highest standards and regret that we didn’t meet those expectations. I do apologise you were not informed of the extra jus charge - we list this as an extra due to the process involved in creating a such a delicious condiment. We would appreciate the opportunity to see you again soon to prove ourselves to you and show you what we're all about.

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Anon
London
21 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good breakfast. Good portion size and really tasty. Friendly service too.

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DianeG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Love the atmosphere staff great not sold on the food sorry too say but great for a drink

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andreasl
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

having previously dined here and where the food was excellent, we had not been informed when booking, of a reduced menu. whilst the food was fine, the price, especially for the chicken burger, was too high in light of the fact that it was just a burger with no salad or so except some fries. Possibly adjusting the price to make up for the lack of choice would have been ok
we would like to visit again and hopefully next time they will back to a full menu

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 1 January 2022

Hi Andreas, we do apologise deeply for the inconvenience of the reduced menu. There was a note explaining the limited menu when reserving your table, as we placed an additional note on Opentable under the 'What to know before you go' (which contains other information for your specific date of visit) to explain the menu choices. However, we are so sorry you felt the quality didn't match the price expectation. We would love to welcome you back again soon to prove ourselves to you.

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FionaK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my nieces & they loved the chicken wings. Staff always lovely too.

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Tasha
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately due to staff shortages (staff member had contacted Covid). They had to serve a limited menu. Thankful they didn’t cancel the reservation altogether but we probably should have. Service was poor but again due to lack of staff I think, didn’t really get the attention for ordering. Finally found someone to order our food, due to the noise levels I couldn’t really hear our waitress so kept saying “sorry, could you repeat that” she did not seem happy. Given limited menu and we were told wings sauces are premade so we couldn’t customise them, it took an hour to receive the wings and the chips were luke warm. The manager I believe then said we could have the wings half price. Lovely gesture and she apologised profusely. A bit disappointed as we had high hopes as I’d been to lunch here before. I will try them again as I’ve heard their roasts are amazing.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 29 December 2021

Hi Tasha, unfortunately we have had several staff members contract Covid-19 both front and back of house limiting the team members available for shifts, and regrettably admit this impacted your experience with us. However, this is not our usual standard and I am pleased to hear after speaking with the manager on duty, your issues were somewhat resolved. We would love to see you again and have the opportunity to prove ourselves, this is not our usual customer experience. (continued)

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JasonK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Limited menu of just wings which was all we wanted. Portions are massive so either go hungry or don't over order. Messy, tasty, spicy chicken wing lovelyness.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 1 January 2022

Hi Jason, we're so glad you enjoyed our delicious wings on your visit to us. The reduced menu is temporary and we will be offering our full menu again soon! :)

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davec
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every regard. Food, service, location, ambience. We felt genuinely welcome and had a memorable lunch. Thank you.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 28 December 2021

Hi Dave, thanks for leaving us a review. We're so pleased to hear you had a lovely lunch with us - we hope to see you again soon!

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JenMcC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A really lovely meal with my visiting parents. The food is well presented and very tasty, the service was good, and some great wine available by the glass. My parents struggled a little with the noise levels as the evening progressed, but to be fair I think it was purely down to it being busy with pre Christmas celebrations. We’ll be back!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 28 December 2021

Hi Jen, we're so thrilled to hear you had a great evening with us. We are currently under a big refurbishment project, stage 1 of this was transforming our previous function room into a new restaurant. We have many more plans on the way and have accounted for sound control so this will improve! :) We can't wait to see you again soon so you can experience the magic unfolding here at The Butchers Social. Many thanks

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Matt
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, we had a great time. The food is as good as it gets and is certainly as good, if not better than any of Birmingham's best restaurants. It's well worth travelling to Dorridge for.

I think a lot of the recent bad reviews are just related to growing pains as it's a new venue - I have been 10+ times recently and it's always been good and the food has always been exceptional.

Best Sunday lunch in the midlands, without question.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rubbish - avoid!

Happy to take a booking for a table of 3 at 5pm via the website but when we arrived they tell us they don’t start serving food until 6pm.

Staffed by kids without a clue. Asked to speak to a Manager but 10 minutes later nobody had come over so we left.

Full of blokes getting tanked up!

I would avoid at all costs and got to the far better establishment over the road - that’s what we did and had a decent meal, drinks and good service…

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 21 December 2021

Hi - sorry to reply via review. I came round to find you but found that you had left after speaking to a manager. We are trying to be the best we can be in an industry which is currently under pressure of Covid-19. When booking between 3-6pm, our system only allows bar/outdoor seating. After choosing location and time, there is a pop up box - 'What to know before you go' which explains: 'Between 3pm and 6pm Monday to Friday we do not serve food. You are welcome to book a table for drinks only'.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can be quite picky when it comes to food but the roast was absolutely faultless and the best Sunday beef roast I’ve had at a restaurant!!!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 28 December 2021

Hi James, we're thrilled to hear that our Sunday lunch was faultless. We hope to see you again soon!

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HelenG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, fresh vegetables, beautiful meat with plenty of choice.
Staff all very friendly and helpful.

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DanR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

When we arrived we were greeted then left in the foyer, the waitress disappeared, the food was nice however very salty

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BellaD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Struggled to find an available time to book breakfast. Got to venue & it was empty !!!
Nobody to greet us. Chef had to come from kitchen & get a member of staff to seat us.
No milk available for hot drink so I suggested going to sainsburys (next door) …. To which they did. !!!!!
Would not recommend or return to venue

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 28 December 2021

Hi Bella, this is definitely not our usual standard - we aim to exceed expectations so I deeply apologise about your visit to us. Due to Covid-19, we are currently facing a short team both front and back of house, which regrettably impacted your experience. Please may you reach out to us on info@thebutchers.social at your earliest convenience so we can discuss this further. Many thanks Rosie Assistant Manager

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SallyK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good and the service was attentive. Food arrived promptly and was of excellent quality. Green vegetables served with the meal was on the small side; could have done with more.

Food and wine were moderately priced.

There were a couple of large groups near us who were very noisy which made it difficult to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect great food and great service

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BettyD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

APPALLING! Firstly one diner asked for chicken wings without sesame oil. Very bright waitress noticed the chef putting sesame seeds on wings! After the starters were finished we waited about 50 minutes with no further food. When we mentioned this unacceptably long wait our food was brought us. Two fish and chips were brought out. The batter was dark brown and the fish inside was shrivelled to almost nothing.These were returned to the kitchen immediately. At which point the manager appeared and started to take away the other three lunches in order to keep them hot while the fish was being cooked. We objected to that as it was. now 2.30 and we were hungry having been at our table for one and a half hours. The two guests whose físh had been taken away chose to eat only their chips rather than wait for new fish to be cooked. The food the three of us has was fine and hopefully the chips were too! At no point did the Manager offer an apology or even speak to us. He just tried to remove all the food. His attitude was poor. However the waitresses were excellent and charming as was the deputy manager who arrived as we were leaving. The best part of this whole fiasco was that a substantial amount was removed from the bill.
This gesture made us feel better about the Butchers Social but whether we will return or not I cannot say. All in all a very disappointing experience. An explanation about why the food was so overcooked and slow to arrive would be welcome.

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TracyL
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch and great service! Can’t wait for our Christmas Day meal at The Forest!

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RichardM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a family get-together. We were very well looked after and enjoyed great food. (The only minor negative comment was that the gravy on the beef had a little too much salt but that really is minor.)

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MoPa
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable experience from the bat staff through to the beautiful new restaurant. The food was great! Well done Butchers Social. Dorridge has gained a excellent new restaurant.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 14 December 2021

Hi there! Thanks for leaving us a great review. We love our new restaurant and can't wait for everyone to come see it. See you again soon :)

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The Butchers Social at The Forest is rated 4.3 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

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