The Butchers Social at The Forest

4.2
169 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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FionaK
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had the most amazing food and service last night. The waiting staff were fabulous & even suggested a twist to the food we ordered. Food was delicious, making it a wonderful evening. Thank you Butchers Social, we will definitely be back.

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AnnieOS
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love ‘The Butchers Social’, the food is always exemplary. Service was fantastic, thank you Hannah for looking after us and is always such a treat from cooking Sunday lunch ourselves.
The Sunday lunch is like a home cooked Sunday lunch, absolutely phenomenal! We can’t rate you enough!!! Thank you as always to Mike and his team

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JohnD
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and excellent service in a lovely environment.

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ClareH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb meal. Excellent service and is fast my becoming my favourite place to eat out

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DomB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great setting. Food good in the main.
Comments from the majority was that things were too salty.

Eel risotto
And even the beef dinner !!!!
Shame.
Pleased we went but would think twice before booking based on these comments.
Harvey our waiter did a Sterling job. Well done Harvey.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 8 October 2021

Hi Dom, we have shared your positive comments with Harvey - thank you. However, we are sorry to learn that you found your meals over-seasoned. I have flagged this with our kitchen team following your review. Please don’t ever hesitate to let a team member know if something’s not exactly right, we would have been happy to resolve this on the day. We hope you'll give us the chance again to prove ourselves.

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LeeO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely environment full of customers and staff. Cracking food and we received fantastic service from Harvey our server for the day!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 8 October 2021

Hi Lee. We made sure to share this feedback with Harvey to give him the recognition that he deserves. He was delighted to hear you enjoyed your Sunday lunch accompanied with his service. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Rosie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, we all had the beef roast dinner and it was amazing, lovely service too

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Choplamoo
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Wings were amazing, highly recommend. Tables for 2 situated merely 3 inches apart from each other so wouldn’t like to go when busy as there would be zero privacy at your table. Very noisy due to wedding.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 8 October 2021

Hi Choplamoo. We are glad you enjoyed our famous chicken wings! We have sought advice regarding table distancing. As the 2 metre guidance is no longer mandatory, we have attempted to distance our tables as much as practical and possible. They are definitely more than 3 inches apart, this may have just been a temporary table moved apart to clean under chairs. We hope to see you again soon.

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BrigidC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Had lunch 14th September menu fab went yesterday new lunch menu not half as good b&b pudding very poor custard watery

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 8 October 2021

Hi Brigid. We are sorry to hear that while the service and ambience were great, you didn't enjoy our new menu and the dessert. Please don’t ever hesitate to let our team know if something’s not exactly right. Our menus change monthly due to new ingredients, and keeping everything in season. We hope that you will give us another chance to show you what we are about. We invite you to contact us on info@thebutchers.social to discuss this. Best wishes, Rosie Restaurant Supervisor

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Charlotte
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for my anniversary meal. They had decorated the table as surprise which was so kind.

The staff were great & the food was next level. All great flavours & super tasty.

Already booking a dinner for a Sunday roast as they look incredible.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 1 October 2021

Hi Charlotte, thanks for your comments. We're so happy you enjoyed your anniversary celebrations with us. Our Sunday lunches are very good if we do say so ourselves! We look forward to seeing you again soon. :)

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GordonC
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A lovely event for my wife’s birthday. The table was beautifully decorated for a table but the seats at the bar table were too flow so we were quickly reseated in the restaurant.

The chicken wings starters were very large, the soup perfect as was the lamb chops. All four of us enjoyed the lovely medium cooked roast beef.

The waitress was nice and also knowledgeable. We will eat there again soon.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi Gordon, we love to celebrate special occasions with our guests, and we are glad your family enjoyed a lovely birthday meal with us. All of our staff are enrolled into ongoing training so it is great to hear the positive feedback. Thank you! See you again soon.

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SimonS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found out about the Butchers Social after an advert on Instagram. Easily swayed by pictures of good looking food we booked in for Sunday lunch.

So glad we did. Went in for the traditional Sunday lunch starter of BBQ wings, portion size was excellent and they tasted great. We went with 6 wings rather than the larger portion, glad we did!

Main course was Beef Sunday Roast with all the trimmings. We paid for an extra yorkie and a side of cauliflower cheese. All excellent, the beef the best I’ve had in a long while. Perfectly pink.

Dessert was Dark Chocolate Mousse with Brownie and Malt ice cream for me and Lemon Tart for the wife. Both excellent, but small in size considering the price.

Service was excellent, attentive when required with a couple of check backs and plenty of staff if we needed anything else quickly.

Can’t wait to go back!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 8 October 2021

Hi Simon. We pride ourselves in serving excellent food with professional service - so we are pleased to hear about your experience with us. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon.

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Lisa
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Really friendly and efficient staff.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi Lisa, thanks for leaving us a great review. We are so pleased you loved it. We hope to see you again soon. :)

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Anon
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Amazing chicken wings. Rowdy pub in front of restaurant and not quite the romantic setting I was hoping for… no social distancing between tables for two which made things a little too intimate with other diners.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi, we are so pleased you loved the chicken wings. Where our system allows, we are happy to move guests if requested. Alternatively, when booking, please request a quieter spot in the visit notes function and we will try our best to accommodate this. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Hot wings - nice buffalo sauce but the wings had no crisp to them which was disappointing. The chicken also had ‘reheated’ taste to it.

Fillet steak with gnocchi - beautiful dish all round.

Service - nice welcome to the restaurant, however service became very slow and I had to go to the bar to order more drinks, which I didn’t really have an issue with, but it’s always nice for the staff to attend your table.

I would return to the butchers as I was a regular at the Henley site and always rated their food.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi, firstly, thanks for supporting us at our old venue and new. We are sorry that we let you down on this visit. All staff are enrolled in ongoing training, so I will highlight this in my next team meeting. Our food is cooked to order, so I can only apologise for the reheated taste. We would like the opportunity to show you once again what we're about. Please may you reach out to us on 01564 772120 and ask for a manager on duty or alternatively email: info@thebutchers.social to organise this.

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TedH2021
Warwickshire
14 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a fantastic transformation of a previously dull and staid venue.
Very interesting and well executed modern cooking, great service, healthy portions, good pricing
We will be back soon.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi Ted! Thanks for your review, we can't wait to unveil each milestone of the renovations here at The Forest Hotel. We hope to see you again soon.

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Loca
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food is excellent but needed to go back to be reheated as only warm.
The noise levels are very high but it is a busy restaurant and so this is to be expected. The wait was quite a long one for our courses however the staff are good and well trained. An allowance was made on the bill for the temperature of the food. Note the starter portions are very small!

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Yabs
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sensational Sunday Lunch. Had a fab Sunday Roast Beef with friends. Recommended to us and it was fab.
Great team, delicious roast, really warm, friendly service.
Chicken wings weren’t quite to our taste but our friends absolutely loved them.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 23 September 2021

Hi Yabs, thanks for your comments about our Sunday Lunch. We're so happy you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again soon.

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DawnP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Sunday lunch yesterday, it was excellent, little bit more expensive but worth it for the quality, ordered extra jus no problem & glad I did. Could do with another couple of pudding choices, refurbishment is great & staff were friendly & very attentive

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 23 September 2021

Hi Dawn, thanks for your lovely review about your Sunday Lunch with us. Here at The Butchers Social, everything is sourced locally and cooked to order, maximising taste and flavour! I will be sure to pass your comments on to the kitchen team regarding dessert choice. We hope to see you again soon.

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None
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Excellent food but pricey. Service not great, staff friendly but poorly trained and don't seem to have a clue what they are doing. Often tried to serve us another tables food. Ambience good. Decor new but looks dated. Not great selection of cocktails or gins. Needs a bit of shakeup.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 19 September 2021

Hi, we are currently in the middle of a hospitality staffing crisis, and we are training our new members of staff to give the best experience possible. Hundreds of thousands of experienced hospitality staff have left the industry during the last 18 months due to the pandemic. Therefore we have to re-structure. We have over 30 gins and we are happy to make any classic cocktails on request, please speak to one of our team members and i'm sure it will be no bother at all. Mike@thebutchers.social

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BrentB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Lighting in restaurant dull and dingy. Not helped by broken spotlight. Waitress delightful. Poor selection of gin. Food good. Quite expensive.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 19 September 2021

Hi Brent, So sorry to hear your disappointment, we are currently about to start an extensive refurb on the building and therefore the broken spotlight will be fixed in due course. We have over 30 different Gins so if you would like to let us know how many more you would like to choose from, we are more than happy to look into it for you. I'm happy to discuss in more detail if you wish. We hope to see you again soon. Mike@thebutchers.social

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SimonP
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food, with ‘child’ waitresses, who had clearly received no training.

Main course arrived before starters were cleared. Staff did not even know what the food was that they were bringing to the table. One waiter from the hotel side was trying hard and was OK, but was clearly exasperated at trying to hold it together.

Overall experience was very disappointing. We will not return I’m afraid. Shame that other reviews i have seen are consistent, so maybe management does not care?

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 19 September 2021

Hi Simon, It's so disappointing to hear of your experience. Our 'child' service staff, along with all the other front of house team, are currently in a training programme which will always be ongoing. Whilst the whole hospitality industry in the UK struggles, our management does care very much in the future of The Forest Hotel and the industry, given what has happened in the last 18 months. I am personally happy to chat with you in more detail, our exciting new plans and our training programme?

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MattH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Horrendous experience, dingy dark restaurant, broken ceiling lights, school age waiting staff who have no idea of “service” one table had to go to the bar to order more drinks, as service was dreadful , yet only 2 tables in the restaurant had diners!

Basic level food , with no thought or effort , starter straight from fridge to table , when should be allowed to breath before served.

Toilets disgusting, broken hand-dryer, paper towels all over floor , dirty and smelly.

The whole experience was regretful and won’t be setting foot in the Forest Hotel again!

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ADFH
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic, really friendly and professional service, the food is delicious especially the ribeye steak and apple creme brûlée. You get more than your value for money and I would highly recommend.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 19 September 2021

Hi ADFH, So glad you enjoyed it. We think it's excellent value for money and a lot of hard work and effort goes into what we do. Thanks for the kind comments - it really does keep us going. Mike

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GT543
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very limited menu. Items on menu sounded better then they were and generally overpriced. Food was nice, but nothing special. Service was good.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 17 September 2021

Hi GT543. We are glad the service given was good during your visit, however it is disappointing to hear about your experience with our food. All of our food is sourced locally and prepared to order which is reflected in our pricing. We would appreciate if you could get in contact with us (01564 772120) to discuss this further with our Chef Director, Mike Bullard, or a manager on duty. Many thanks Rosie Restaurant Supervisor

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MichaelA
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant has improved greatly under new management.

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NicolaM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Lovely hotel and setting. I brought my parents for a birthday treat for breakfast. The bacon was rock solid you couldn’t cut it. It was like it had been cooked hours before and left under a lamp. The waitress put my food down then lent over me with a tea towel to pass my mother hers putting the cloth in my breakfast. We was really disappointed after looking forward to it. We will not be returning again. Such a shame as the hotel is beautiful.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 17 September 2021

Hi Nicola. We are so sorry to hear that our breakfast didn't meet your expectation - this is definitely not our usual standard. We aim to exceed expectations so we deeply apologise about your visit to us. We’d appreciate the opportunity to speak further about your experience. Please reach out to us on 01564 772120 and ask for a manager on duty. Many thanks Rosie Restaurant Supervisor

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience with exceptional service and delicious food. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable and that all our needs were met. They anticipated everything and had smiles on their faces the whole time which was just so refreshing. We will be back and would highly recommend!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 14 September 2021

Hello, thanks for leaving us such a lovely review! Our team here are committed to offering an amazing experience for every guest, so we are pleased that you enjoyed yourself. See you soon!

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RussH
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service absolutely first class. Ambience was great too.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 14 September 2021

Hi Russ. Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves in our standards of food and service, so we are glad your experience reflected this. We hope to see you in the near future.

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Pete
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, food really taken a leap forward since the change of ownership, great to see the place doing really well

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 14 September 2021

Hello Pete, thank you for your review. We have loads of exciting plans for the future of the business and can't wait for you to see! Hope to see you soon.

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ClareS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We ordered the steak which was quite fatty and we had to share small bowl of vegetables and only had 6 chunky chips, certainly now worth £28.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 14 September 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback and regret to hear that you were disappointed with the ribeye steak meal. We aim to provide a high-quality experience for all guests, and hope you‘ll give us another chance to prove ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebration fabulous meal and a nice touch was a card to us and decorative hearts on the table

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PhilW
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful breakfast with friends

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LauraLee
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed a meal at The Forest for our 10th wedding anniversary. The service was awesome to be greeted with celebration table decor, a card and a glass of Prosecco on the house! Made our evening very special and the food was excellent we love the wings!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 14 September 2021

Hi Laura, thanks for leaving us a review! We're so pleased you chose to celebrate your special day with us, and enjoyed yourselves. See you soon!

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CatherineL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, all very relaxed and comfortable.

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hollyp
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal at the butchers social. All staff members were extremely polite and friendly and very tentative.
Rosie was very helpful as I have allergies and made sure everything was suitable for me! As a non meat eater also myself I was extremely happy with both my starter and main course and my partner said his beef roast was amazing. Will 100% be returning. Thankyou guys!

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 6 September 2021

Hi Holly, thanks for your lovely review. We're so glad you felt well accommodated on your visit! We work hard to offer a high level of service to every guest - we can't wait to see you soon.

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tonyb
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new setting and the food and service exceptional.

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 6 September 2021

Hi Tony, thanks for your review. Here at The Butchers Social at The Forest, we pride ourselves in our food and service. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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DavidM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere sitting outside and we had a lovely Sunday lunch. It is not cheap but nothing is in Dorridge,

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Baloo
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly welcome.
Went for the Butchers Social wings.
The food was amazing.
Attentive service.
It was nice that the manager checked that we enjoyed our night too.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The staff were very attentive and the service was good all the way through.

Starters were lovely (chicken wings and. Poached egg with a large field mushroom and Parmesan)

My husband had the fillet steak which was cooked beautifully and was delicious.

I had the ribeye which looked great but in reality was 75% fat and on the whole inedible. I did complain and was given a freshly cooked ribeye which was much better. I have to say the staff dealt with the situation very well and even one of the chefs came to check all was well. I think I was just unlucky and I’m sure it’s not the norm

The Butchers Social at The Forest
Responded on 6 September 2021

Hi David. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit to us, and we apologise for the issue with your steak. However, we are glad that the issue was resolved quickly by the team on the day. We hope to see you again in the near future.

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The Butchers Social at The Forest is rated 4.2 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

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