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The Butchers Arms

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English, British, Pub, Grill
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High Street, Clearwell GL16 8JS, England
+44 1594 834313
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A very warm welcome to the Butchers Arms. One of the oldest pubs in the...
A very warm welcome to the Butchers Arms. One of the oldest pubs in the Forest of Dean, we have been welcoming locals and visitors alike since 1802. Our menu combines signature 'Butchers' dishes with traditional British favourites, our modern recipes and grills are all prepared by Head Chef Matt Wheeler and his team from the freshest ingredients. Wherever possible we will endeavour to provide produce from local suppliers so you can truly have a taste of the Forest of Dean. We pride ourselves in providing good quality food, excellent service and a relaxed atmosphere. All our food is cooked fresh to order, so please allow a little time for service. We look forward to seeing you. Matt and Scott Directors
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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lunch for two

The food is really good, but the service was mediocre. This pub has a great selection of single malts and really lovely toilets. The dining room is cosy.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Debnade
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Chatham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Chatham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The food is really good, but the service was mediocre. This pub has a great selection of single malts and really lovely toilets. The dining room is cosy.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent dinner at this old pub. We both had Tbone steaks with thrice cooked chips. It was good old fashioned English pub food. Hearty portions and well cooked. The ambience of the place was enhanced by the log fire, low beamed ceilings and cosy atmosphere. With locals drinking at the bar it felt like the good old... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Very welcoming, all the staff were very friendly. We did not eat just had a few drinks but all the food that was served look very inviting and very good portions. Our friends had Sunday lunch and were very impressed

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

After a fantastic meal last week, I noticed they did B&B. Yesterday I called and they had spare rooms so I booked them.I had the burger and chips. Omg! It was massive and tasted fabulous. The locals in this lovely village made us very welcome and the local Ales were very nice. The rooms were a little small but spotlessly... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Quality country pub. Separate restaurant area. Varied menu and hearty portions. Can happily recommend the steak pie and the Sunday roast

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The food was acceptable, not special and the staff where pleasant, it was very busy, overall a good pub to visit

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We've been staying in the Forest of Dean this week and decided to eat out, we looked on trip advisor to see where we could eat out in the area as me and my fiancé didn't know anywhere around here. We decided to go to the Butchers Arms and we weren't disappointed at all. The staff were extremely welcoming and... More 

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121 reviews 121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Visiting friends who live near here, we went for NY Eve 31/12/14. Had to pre order and pay deposit. It was excellent value, the food was very good, great staff who joined in all the fun. It was a great atmosphere as they supplied all the party bits for everyone to act like school children. A lovely fun evening and... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The staff at the butchers arms, were very delightful and the waitress counted to our every need. The food was cooked to perfection and affordable, but it was made better by the smiles and delight of the waitress that brought us our meal.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Each time I have to visit the Forest of Dean I make a point of visiting the Butchers. Whether it's a quick bite at lunchtime or something more substantial of an evening I have always found the staff to be welcoming, great service and the food is second to none.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, Clearwell GL16 8JS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Forest of Dean  >  Clearwell
  • Phone Number: +44 1594 834313

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
  • Cuisine: English, British, Pub, Grill

Description

A very warm welcome to the Butchers Arms. One of the oldest pubs in the Forest of Dean, we have been welcoming locals and visitors alike since 1802. Our menu combines signature 'Butchers' dishes with traditional British favourites, our modern recipes and grills are all prepared by Head Chef Matt Wheeler and his team from the freshest ingredients. Wherever possible we will endeavour to provide produce from local suppliers so you can truly have a taste of the Forest of Dean. We pride ourselves in providing good quality food, excellent service and a relaxed atmosphere. All our food is cooked fresh to order, so please allow a little time for service. We look forward to seeing you. Matt and Scott Directors

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