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The Butchers Arms

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
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High Street, Clearwell GL16 8JS, England
+44 1594 834313
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ate here a couple of nights recently when staying at the hotel next door. Food was gorgeous and the atmosphere was great. If we lived in he area this would be our pub of choice :)

Thank SophiechocBerry
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in the area recently and 4 of us ate at The Butchers Arms on two consequtive nights. On both occasions the meals were excellent; well cooked and presented and very generous portions. The staff were very helpful in providing information about gluten free options for one of our party, of which there were plenty, including sticky toffee... More 

Thank Christine S
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been twice now, the second time hoping we would have better service but sadly not. Both times we've waited so long for a menu we've had to collect it ourselves then having to ask at the bar if someone can take our order. I can understand if the restaurant was busy, the last time we were the only people... More 

Thank Helen G
Blakeney, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the occasions when we've been too busy on Sunday to make a roast, The Butchers Arms is our go to place. I don't know of anywhere else locally that offers a roast or any other food on Sunday after lunch. These guys never disappoint. Food is constant and any little tweeks you ask for are never too much trouble.

Thank Nic J
Kingsteignton, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered this pub on the last day of our family holiday, which was a real shame, as we would have liked to have sampled a few other treats from the menu. We had the 2 course Sunday roast offer, it was delicious and plentiful, so much so we couldn't manage dessert. The staff were friendly and made our visit... More 

Thank Allison M
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You could easily get lost among the villages of the Forest of Dean but Clearwell and the Butcher's arms would be my favourite. The pub reeks atmosphere with beams and exposed stone. The menu is extensive and our meals were well cooked and generous in size.. My wife had the brisket which melted in her mouth! My steak was cooked... More 

Thank Alan S
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Well wow we were visiting on holiday and found this little treasure staff were so friendly and accomadating food was amazing we loved it so much we returned for a second meal which was equally fantastic good quality food with attention to detail don't change you are doing a great job will definitely go again if we are ever in... More 

1 Thank frecklesNorfolk
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We booked an evening meal in the bar where we knew the dog would be welcome and enjoyed some scrumptious food. The starters were excellent and the main course pie was a delicious challenge with so much meat in. The staff were delightful and very welcoming and having eaten here several times last year we were not disappointed. Thoroughly recommendable.

1 Thank James D
Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Booked a table for two for a wedding anniversary. Upon arrival two young (20?) staff walked past us as we stood at the front awaiting service without saying a word. Having failed at that I approached the bar, the barman (another 20's) saw me, ignored me and carried on wiping glasses from the dishwasher. Eventually he acknowledged us and asked... More 

1 Thank BrianMPowell
Segrate, Italy
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here with all the family and we had a great time. Both waiters and customers were very friendly. We tasted a pie, two different burgers and a pate'. Finally we had a cheesecake. Everything was good. The inn is located in a nice little village too and we had a beautiful walk after dinner.

1 Thank Andrito27

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $24
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?