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The Butchers Social at The Forest, Solihull, West Midlands

The Butchers Social at The Forest

4.4
4.4
415 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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Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 09:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    01564 772120

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £37.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea has arrived in Dorridge! Treat your loved ones to our new package including freshly-baked scones, a selection of sweet treats as well as the best sandwich spread all prepared in-house. Enhance your experience with the optional upgrade of champagne, accompanied with the finest loose leaf tea. If you would like to reserve a table between 3-4pm, please give us a call on 01564 772120 and we will be happy to help.

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What 415 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    British

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  1. SG

    SarahG

    Birmingham

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place. Chicken wings are amazing and so is the rest of the menu. Great atmosphere and great staff

  2. JC

    JacquiC

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous meal as always ! Staff very friendly service fantastic

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded 4 days ago

    Hi Jacqui, we're so pleased to hear you had a fabulous lunch with us - see you again soon. :)

  3. B

    Briggsy

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an absolutely delicious Father’s Day Sunday lunch here. The food was fantastic, and the waiter, Victor was very attentive and went the extra mile for the large group of us that were there. The Oak Room was lovely too - we were seated at a large booth, and the decor was stylish. We can’t wait to visit again soon! Thanks so much!

  4. JS

    JessicaS

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was very tasty. It’s not cheap but it’s tasty, staff are friendly and efficient. Wait time was short. Cocktails were delicious.

  5. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely evening with top service and a great meal in pleasant surroundings. Unfortunately, like everywhere else, the cost will mean we will have to limit return visits.

  6. LM

    LaurenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is a beautiful restaurant with outstanding food and great service. The chicken wings are to die for. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. It is a little pricey but worth it for the standard of food. We were surprised it was quiet on a Saturday afternoon.

  7. AB

    ABCD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Slow service (not harvey fault) £10 for a tomato is a lot, if you put balsamic and some mozzarella on it then fine, but it was a cut up tomato Main courses were a lot better

  8. EF

    EveF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal for my birthday treat on Friday 10th June. Staff were delightful & nothing was too much trouble as we changed our table to the main bar to soak up the atmosphere - I like things lively! Really love the Butchers as it’s good vibes & fantastic wings!

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded 7 days ago

    Hi Eve - thanks for leaving us such a fantastic review! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards

  9. R

    Roger

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service and quality and taste were excellent. Thé cost seemed higher than the competition,especially for the fillet of beef so will probably dine more casually in future as the wings and starters are well priced

  10. DD

    DeeDee

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was attractive and excellent but expensive. Staff very friendly and attentive but they came across as almost trying too hard. Less is more! Tables for two are too close together and you had no privacy to talk. Would recommend if not on a budget.

  11. k

    kariann

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional food as always! And the service was superb too! Three sisters had a wonderful Sunday roast, even though one of us poured the water into the wine glass and broke one later! We had a wonderful time, many thanks to you all!

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 7 June 2022

    Hi there, we're so pleased to hear you had a lovely Sunday Lunch with us! We hope to see you again soon.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday get together Fantastic service

  13. LP

    LorettaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Not outstanding unfortunately with portions of both starters and puddings somewhat minimal (@ a high price.

  14. S

    Sixtiesloulou

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb, colourful, quality food - the wings are to die for and the two main meals (cod and steak) were outstanding.

  15. DG

    DianeG

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5

    Fabulous pub good atmosphere great staff lovely too have a drink

  16. LF

    LisaF

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a lovely meal with everyone enjoying their dishes. The choice of food on the menu was excellent. The singer in the bar area added to the evening. The staff throughout the evening were very good. We will definitely be visiting again.

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 3 June 2022

    Hi Lisa, thanks for leaving us a review. It's great to hear you liked our live music event too :) We hope to see you soon.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    I think the Forest may be struggling at the moment due to the sudden slew of negative reviews on TripAdvisor. Me and my partner had booked an early lunch table at 12:30. When we arrived we were only one of 3 tables in the restaurant yet it still took 30mins for us to given a drink! 15mins later when our starters arrived the order was wrong. The plates were taken away again - 15mins later the maitre d returned not with our starters but with some more bread and olives to tide us over! I appreciate the gesture but waiting for an hour and not even receiving our simple starters of asparagus and pate is absolutely terrible. We had to meet someone at 2:30pm so we had to leave the table and go to the chippy round the corner just to get some food in us! It almost felt like we’d arrived before the kitchen was open! The food the other tables were getting looked lovely. Although interestingly they only seemed to be sending out chicken wings at this point?! Maybe the chef just loves cooking chicken wings?? It’s a real shame as we were big fans of the Butchers Social when it was in Henley. Could the kitchen and staff be struggling to keep up with the larger amount of covers? It certainly appears to be the case based on my and others recent reviews.

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 4 June 2022

    Hi there, we are so sorry to read this review regarding your experience with us on Thursday lunch. We apologise sincerely about the problems with both your food order and service, and would like to make this up to you. Would you mind reaching out to me on rosie@thebutchers.social so we can discuss this further?

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family Sunday lunch for six … absolutely superb , without doubt the best and tastiest Sunday roast for years maybe ever! We all had something different .. Top quality meat / fish and veg … not large portions but very well cooked and presented. The young lady who looked after us was so very bubbly helpful and professional… delightful. Great bay window seating was very comfortable and suitable for our 2 grandchildren. Faultless .Will definitely go again

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 3 June 2022

    Hi there, thanks for leaving us a review about our Sunday Lunch - we're thrilled to hear you loved it. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

  19. LT

    LisaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Starters very disappointing & overpriced. A la carte prices but not an a la carte atmosphere.

  20. D

    Demi

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Have always loved the Forest as have had some great meals and service there! Not sure if something has changed but we took my mother in law for food last night for her birthday and from start to finish it was nothing like we’ve had before. Firstly couldn’t find anyone to seat us, when we eventually found someone sat down and then it took forever for the drinks to be ordered. People who came in after us were served before us, even had their food served before us, finally ordered and was a drink short (there was only 5 people) The menu had changed and everything we loved has now been removed, again waited for a long time to order, we asked for some bread while we waited for our mains we specifically asked for enough bread for us all, 4x small pieces of bread finally came for the 5 of us! Mains eventually came out, food was nice, however the chicken wings appeared to be over cooked as very crispy and not a lot of meat (have never had this issue previously as always been nice!) When the plates were being collected the waitress was leaning over me (plates very close to my head) to clear the table and proceeded to drop a fork covered in BBQ sauce on to me, and all down my new top, waitress very apologetic but maybe needs training on how to correctly clear a table. No apologies from the manager who had watched what happened. To say we had a poor evening is an understatement and very sad to write this review as like stated previously have been here many times and have loved it but won’t be rushing back in a hurry for a long time!

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 29 May 2022

    Hi Demi, we are so sorry to read this review about your experience with us yesterday. This was not our usual standard and I will be sure to implement more training in the areas you have highlighted. We would really appreciate the opportunity to make this up to you in the future - I have reached out on email and look forward to your response. Kind regards, The Butchers Social team

  21. SG

    SarahG

    Birmingham

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great 👍 staff lovely and good atmosphere… chicken wings were fab

  22. JB

    JoelB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Tasty food, good service, great value for money..

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 29 May 2022

    Hi Joel, thanks for leaving us a review. We're pleased to hear about your experience with us and hope to see you again soon :)

  23. D

    Deni

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    There was hardly any vegetables or potato with the lamb main courses. My main course was cod and this came with Jersey Royals , but I had to ask twice before they were served . The waiter did not ask us if we wanted any sides despite knowing that the meals would not be complete without them. The starters were also extremely small , the crab tartlet – this should not be described as a tartlet, it was just a cracker disc. My husband and myself came to your restaurant in February and the meal then included a choice of potato and a dish of vegetables. It was a fantastic meal and what we had this time bore no comparison to that visit. Also the portion size has been reduced by half as on both occasions I had the cod loin. To say we were disappointed was an understatement as we had suggested your restaurant to our friends on the basis of our first visit. This was also to celebrate my husband’s 70th birthday. The service was also unacceptably slow with no contact by the waiter to apologise or offer say some bread .

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 29 May 2022

    Hi there, we are so sorry to read about your experience with us on the 25th May. This does not sound like our usual standard and I would like to make amends with you. Do you mind reaching out to me on rosie@thebutchers.social so we can discuss your visit with us further please? Kind regards, Rosie

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating our Silver Wedding anniversary, we were greeted with a anniversary card on our table and a complimentary dessert at the end of the meal. Our server was very attentive and professional but very friendly as well .

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 29 May 2022

    Congratulations! We are so pleased to hear you celebrated your anniversary with us in a place with such fond memories :) We hope to see you again soon.

  25. d

    deehinds3

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, please try the confit of shoulder lamb ❤️❤️❤️

  26. B

    Bill

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Super meal well prepared Service good but had to ask for sauce and salt and pepper

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice wings and good service from the team. Really messy however - suggest finger bowls rather than the disposable wipes in plastic packaging.

  28. MC

    MayC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was amazing and service excellent. We sat in the restaurant and we could chat eventho the pub was busy. My second visit and would definitely be back again

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and the chicken wings were amazing!!

  30. L

    Lellybell

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lunch menu had sufficient choice and nicely presented.

  31. CF

    ClaireF

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate in the main restaurant for a Sunday roast. The room was beautifully decorated and the food was absolutely delicious (pricey, but delicious) and nicely presented with sides in mini copper pans. Fab service and a lovely treat. We’ll be back!

  32. GW

    GillianW

    London

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience2

    What a dissapointment. Food was poor. Beef was touch with no flavour. Portion of vegetables was minute. Roast potatoes burnt. Yorkshire pudding excellent but £40 a head for a Yorkshire pudding is a little excessive.

  33. A

    Andyl

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply top class. Well worth the money.

  34. DM

    DebbieM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and wine just a little on the pricey side. We ate in the Oak room, which was on the quiet side and lacked just a little atmosphere. However, the excellent service and food made up for that. We'll definitely be back!

  35. RM

    RuthM

    Warwickshire

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    High quality food, beautiful presented. Lovely waitress for our service, nothing too much trouble. Would use the restaurant again. Very different to previous Henley experience at Butchers Social, in a good way!

  36. M

    Mark

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oak room was nice and relaxed. Service was wonderful and the food delicious! Will definitely go back.

  37. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place for food and drinks. Staff are great and service is fast.

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 15 May 2022

    Hi Robert, thanks for leaving us a review! We hope to see you again soon :)

  38. G

    Gaynor

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    First time here, and we would return. Lovely stylish restaurant. The steak wasn’t as amazing as we thought it would be, but it was still good. However, the chicken and the cod was faultless, and we would return for them. Service was really good, from a really nice young waiter.

  39. JS

    JessicaS

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We both had the ribeye, went early at 5ish and service was excellent, not the cheapest but comfortable, and yurt and ideal for a natter. We sat in the dining area and not the bar.

  40. F

    Fran

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    A warm welcome by young staff & nothing too much trouble. Prompt service given menus & given ample time to choose without being rushed. Food excellent & good choice on the menu. Been a few times now & not disappointed.

    The Butchers Social at The ForestResponded on 4 May 2022

    Hi Fran, it's great to hear about your positive experiences with us. Can we please enquire as to why our overall score was 3/5 stars - we appreciate any constructive feedback you may have to assist us in exceeding guest expectations in the future. Kind regards, The Butchers Social team. :)

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The Butchers Social at The Forest is rated 4.4 stars by 415 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Google Map for The Butchers Social at The Forest

25 Station Approach, Dorridge Solihull, West Midlands B93 8JA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Solihull

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 09:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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