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The Butchers Arms

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
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High Street, Clearwell GL16 8JS, England
+44 1594 834313
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Coleford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my dad out for a meal for his birthday and chose here. I've visited recently but the 1st time he'd been there in 30 years! Was not disappointed. All starters, mains and puddings were spot on! Staff were friendly and didn't rush us and service was great. Only problem for me was after 3 courses I was too full... More 

Thank Michelle B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

went for a meal in lovely old village Inn. from the moment we went in to leaving the staff were very polite and helpful. the food was excellent and big portions also presented nice and cooked to perfection. there was a lovely atmosphere and the locals were very nice and made you welcome.

1 Thank jeff c
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

The beer was fine, the service quick but charmless, the wait for the steak and ale pie was too long, and the chef, perhaps anticipating the dryness, provided a large boat of gravy to make up for the pie's inadequacy. At 1.30 there was just me, but two couples came and ate in the restaurant side of the pub. Very... More 

Thank Vince J
Ross on wye
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Thank you once again for a fantastic meal catering for 23. Plus 2 other large parties service was slick and smooth, nothing too much trouble, well done to all the kitchen staff, waitresses, waiters and bar staff. Dont think I will need to eat for another week!

3 Thank Jan1998Rossonwye
Blakeney, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Another enjoyable meal we had hear. The Butchers Arms is always busy and we managed to get a table at short notice. The staff are always friendly and our waiter today was in particularly good spirits, making our dining experience fun as well as tasty.

1 Thank Nic J
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

It had been a while since I had a three course meal in The Butchers Arms. I usually have a casual main course at the bar. My brother and I decided to go for the three course Christmas menu, and we were both wowed!The food was amazing, and very good value. If the chef, Matt wasn't young enough to be... More 

1 Thank diddydawny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Went to visit Clearwell caves earlier on today, restaurants in the area were fully booked. Last minute at midday we called The Butchers Arms for a table of 9, they couldn't have been more helpful. A party had cancelled a short while earlier so they took our booking and we headed over. A short distance from Clearwell caves we were... More 

2 Thank cjkwestmidlands
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here as we attended a wedding reception at clearwell castle. Staff we so friendly and the room was brilliant. We did have a chance to have a drink in the pub and it's a great atmosphere. Will absolutely stay again!! Would give 6 stars if I could.

1 Thank Dawrantc
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Booked a family table, ordered choices a week in advance and turned up on time. However, the food was so slow arriving we had to entertain the children with games! Not good when you have 5 children. Then when the food did arrive there was long gaps between the dishes arriving which was awkward. I did have to go to... More 

Thank Rory A
Uley, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

Turned up in a Sunday lunchtime with no booking (2 adults, 2 kids) Expected to be turned away as they appeared fully booked however upon appeal they squeezed us in between bookings. Ordered burgers all round for speed and they were lovely however all the food coming out looked excellent and made us determined to visit again another time. Really... More 

1 Thank Mark E

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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 - $25
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids
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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