The Butchers Social at The Forest

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82 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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3.8
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3.8
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3.7
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSamanthaG
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey food, great service would recommend

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SalY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was awful. After been taken to our table waited 20 minutes before we could catch someone’s eye to order drinks - then waited another 20 minutes for drinks to arrive. Ignored at the bar when we went to see where the drinks were then eventually the Manager noticed we were trying to get someone’s attention. Food was good though with no delays.

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Margo
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and and very good service. Will definitely come back again and will recommend to others.

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AnnieO
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to Mike and his team for yet again an amazing Sunday lunch, we had a lovely time with our friends and thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous food you serve, top class. Look forward to seeing you all soon

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NicolaG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at the Forest since under new ownership. Quality of food good. We had Prosecco brunch - also new for the restaurant. Some difficulty initially as 2 of our party couldn’t drink alcohol but we got think sorted in the end.
Lots of outside tables, great for summer.

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Rich
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great Food and great choice of drinks in a nice setting in the middle of Dorridge. The only point I would raise is the service was patchy at best. We had to ask for drinks a couple of times before they was brought to the table the same with food and napkins.
We was also charged for double gin and tonics when they was singles. It took time to refund us which was eventually done in cash as manager was busy talking to customers and was the only one able to refund a card.

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lisat
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food as always….! Well presented, great staff, pleased to have Mike and his team in dorridge.

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laverneo
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I made a reservation for a table, when we arrived we were seated outside the toilets, when I asked if we could be moved, I was told the resturant was fully booked, If I had know I was going to be seated by the table I would of changed the booking.
The food was nice but luke warm
my husband ordered a pint of perroni larger which was flat and he didn't drink it, he mentioned it to the waiter who offered him a free half of perroni and still charged for the pint which wasn't drank.

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JaneO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there yesterday for my son 18 Birthday, it was recommended and so please with their foods and service. The girl look after us call Rosie she is amazing and so helpful. Thank you Rosie 👍

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EllieS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was absolutely spot-on - we all had different dishes and every one was pretty much perfect. Service was a little bit slow but the staff were lovely and it really didn’t matter. Look forward to going again!

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CherylE
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Efficient, safe. Great to have it as our local.

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JayHol
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

The service was good, we were looked after well by one girl who was really trying hard to please us. There was a real lack of choice for vegetarians and vegans and what choice there was was severely overpriced. The menu needs to be updated and they need to update their website as the menu’s they had on there are no longer available.
2 out of the four meals we had were really good and my complaints were dealt with professionally and fairly. Would we return? Probably not, unless they improve their menu.

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LucyN
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always a brilliant atmosphere and fabulous service from the team - - best local!!!

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CarolynO
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food quality very good, with the exception that the cauliflower in my cauliflower cheese was almost raw, but cheese sauce good flavour, so this could be a personal preference rather than anything wrong. The staff and surrounding very nice, however the whole experience was destroyed by two famlies at the next table who allowed their 7 young children to literally run amok, the children were so loud that the parents were shouting above them racket in order to converse. I was with my 90 year old uncle who has an earing aid and normally this enables him to hear quite well, but the noise was such that it was impossible. I wanted to move but he got very upset about causing a fuss, really wish I had insisted now as the lunch l was not cheap at little over £110.00 for two courses for 4 people, which would not have troubled me at all as the quality and service was good, but our fellow guests completely ruined the experience for us, my uncle was in tears in the car park, this was the first time I had been able to see him since his wife of 60 years died in January, so he is naturally very fragile at the moment. I would suggest that in future a senior member of staff should be alerted if the behaviour of one set of guests is obvioulsy causing destress to another and they should be allowed to intercede, perhaps in this instance they could have quietly asked us if we would prefer a quiter section in the restaurant.

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GabbyR
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was amazing. Atmosphere wasn’t as good in the hotel restaurant, but the service was great too.

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PaulH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointed and surprised that there was no TV in for the England game. There has been a TV in there before for certain sporting events.
But we were served by a very nice and efficient waitress who sorted out very quickly the problem/delay with our drinks order which we had been waiting about 20 mins for.
I only wanted to rate the overall experience, but stupidly the system doesn't let you do that???!!

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PaulJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Restaurant quiet with football on TV. Service a little slow, food excellent

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RayT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunchtime visit. Very relaxing & enjoyable. Thank you Mike & Team

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chopper123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my wife’s birthday. We enjoyed the meal. The restaurant was a bit noisy but food, wine and service were great. I think the new owners have made considerable improvements.

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MartynH
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Welcoming staff very friendly and prompt service all very good, sadly that is where pleasure ends poor value regularly eat out at so many venues of quality but have never experienced such overpriced pub food. £35 for steak £40 Dover sole fish & chips £20 ???
Come on your clients will leave you for better value elsewhere….
Sorry guys dissatisfied

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Roger
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent lunch with a really good vibe in the bar compared to previous visits. Great food and good value

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LydiaB
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal, beautifully presented by knowledgeable staff.
I had Rossini steak and it was really good. A Chilean cab/sauv red was reasonably priced too. It should be in the Good Food Guide!

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WendyMillar
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was lovely and good value. Only issue we had was with the service which was below par for this type of restaurant. The staff were lovely but being very young maybe do not have the experience of what level of service is required. We felt it was more a training issue rather than the wrong people in the wrong job. For example one of our party had finished eating and a waitress came over and took her plate away whilst the rest of us were still eating - not a great problem but it just showcased inexperience whilst trying to be helpful. Additionally 2 of our party ordered steak but had to ask for steak knives. Nobody asked if we needed any salt/pepper/vinegar etc, we had to ask for it. Drinks took a while to be brought to the table and we thought we had been forgotten! All in all not great problems and it wouldn't stop us from coming back BUT if extra training could be given to them, the eating experience would have been very good and the staff would have more confidence.

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Cookie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had main course today and we were very pleased with our meal. Service was excellent

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Iampetrovic
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for sunday lunch. Chicken wings as ever were outstanding.
Lamb and beef was delicious. We will be back.
Service great.

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SarahN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch, fresh & well presented.
Good service with a great friendly atmosphere.
Definitely would recommend and we will be returning soon.

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KimL
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good Sunday lunch. Would recommend the food.

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IanH
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time booked since new owners have taken over - food was great as was service. Will definitely make a return trip.

Sunday lunch was very good quality

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CamS
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good place. Decent new menu. Good service, good crowd. Happy to keep coming back.

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Clivey
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Thought that the menu was very ostentatious for a lunch time, much more suitable for dinner. The food was tasty but lacked any trimmings, for example I had a Ribeye steak, which only came with chips and not even a mushroom or tomato. To be fair Idid get a choice of sauce though, I chose peppercorn and received béarnaise!
Overall disappointing, especially when we had had a wonderful Sunday lunch there only a couple of weeks ago.

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DavidSTable
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We went for a light bite for lunch, so were limited to a starter, which we felt was overpriced for such a small portion. The room was very noisy (there was a wedding taking place) and the service was slow. We had expected better.

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Holidayfanatic
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the ambience very much. All of the dishes we ordered were excellent, all were very well-cooked and beautifully presented. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that there were very few vegetarian dishes on offer ( I guess the name of the restaurant gives a hint!) and one of our group is a vegetarian - but so are so many people nowadays that perhaps that can be rectified.

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specialoccasionregular
London
19 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Welcoming staff, spacious, good food choice and drinks

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PhilR
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff. Really enjoyable business lunch.

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Jtnc
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The quality of the food was great and was cooked really well. It was quite heavily over seasoned though (although I did still eat it all). Pint of shandy was £5.20 which is borderline extortionate!!

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SamN
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall food was good. Had the duck confit to start which was very tasty and well presented, the ribeye for main which was a little fatty but i asked for medium rare and should have asked for medium so the fat was cooked through a bit better, and sticky toffee pud for desert which was nice. The wife had the cheeseboard for desert and the cheddar (which I stole a bit of) was great.

We were greeted very warmly when we arrived, and were looked after by a few different servers throughout the meal, who varied in experience and confidence, but overall the service was pretty good.

Would definitely go again as there were other things on the menu I want to try.

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CsrolC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, slightly limited lunch menu. Great service

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Inexperienced staff but trying. Need someone with experience and authority to lead.

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MillsT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable Roast on Father's Day.

If I could suggest something though. You need to offer more roasted veg. This was the only disappointment to what was otherwise a perfectly cooked roast.

Also we ordered 2 glasses of Pinot Noir and you have changed to a Chilean one. Such a shame as the previous one (French) was so smooth. The one we were served yesterday had a slight vinegar taste so we swapped it. Please get the previous one back and we will be there far more regularly.

Big thanks to the chef, great to have fabulous food on our doorstep.

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KMO1
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Best roast lamb I've had in a long time, but unfortunately we had to wait over an hour for it.
We had a table booked for 5.15, and were sat to the right hand side of door in bar area which was a little secluded. Although it took some time to get our drinks and food ordered, I'm sure we had ordered by 5.30.
The starters and kids food came by 5.40 so I thought our initial worries about being out of the way could be forgotten. Unfortunately we had to chase up staff and we didn't get our dinner until gone 6.35. The front of house manager was very good and compensated us by way of a free pudding for me (which wasn't as tasty as the main - the ice cream had melted when it came to the table and was served with a different flavour to on menu) and kids and a free drink too. Our waitress was not very confident or helpful but the manager was very good.
It won't put me off for good as the food was so nice, but I think I'd give them longer to settle in.

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The Butchers Social at The Forest is rated 4 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

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