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The Old Butchers

4.2
4.2
369 Reviews
£25 and under
European
The Cotswolds most comfortable and welcoming town restaurant, serving an exquisitely prepared menu of traditional dishes as well as modern British cuisine. The Old Butchers is known locally for the outstanding success of chef Peter Robinson’s nose to tail ethos and his wife Louise Robinson’s resplendent welcome. With fantastic lunch options, charcuterie, fine wines and cocktails, the Old Butchers has been beautifully designed for any occasion.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Fri 6:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01451 831700
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Robinson
  • Private party contact
    Louise Robinson: 01451 831700

What 369 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 1.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

369 Reviews
  1. tonyp

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on April 26, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    Very disappointed. Warm beer (guess that is expected). 3 dishes (starters, entree and main) delivered at the same time on a tiny table. Oysters were fine, eggplant based entree was frozen ?? Main was obviously cold by the time I got to eat it and not at all pleasant. No interest from wait staff / not willing to engage. Left the food / paid the bill - never to return.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on February 25, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    It’s always a less than pleasant chore to provide less than glowing feedback, so let’s see if I can make this constructive. We’re old hands, lived in the area for over 30 years, and happy to travel for a decent venue and inspiring menu. We knew the Old Butchers when first converted. We thought we’d give you a try after a pause of considerable time. The menu looked very appealing. I suppose the measure is whether I can do better myself. The positive: my Calf’s liver was good, cooked just right, the kale interesting and it was good to see olive oil in the mash. Not difficult to do though, when at a premium. My wife’s fish was fresh. The not so good: My scallops were completely tasteless; perhaps they’d have faired better with some searing, seasoning and sealing. The cheeses ( 3 tired bits of a not inspiring choice ) served on a well used wooden platter. Grief, throw the wooden platters away, I nearly declined. Completely unacceptable. I can do far far better myself. The table’s are small and cramped. There wasn’t room for the two of our settings and was precarious. Proximity to others far to uncomfortable, especially when boxed in on one side by a pair of drunks insistent on engaging, and another pair of loud drunks on the other. Although the waitress was fine, the welcome was less than cool, more a bother than a welcome. No idea which table was ours. I tipped reasonably generously. Perhaps in error. Shall we rush back? Probably not. Far better quality with a little distance. In any event, I wish you well.

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  3. Anonymous

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were a disappointed. The restaurant is cramped and a bit uncomfortable. Very small tables. The food was inconsistent. Whilst my dishes were amazing, my husband's dishes were sub standard. We booked the restaurant as it came highly recommended but it was a bit of a let down unfortunately. Staff were friendly. It would be good if they could offer to take diners' coats to the cloakroom as there is really no space at the tables.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Butchers came highly recommended to us by a good friend, and we were not disappointed one bit, the staff are very attentive without being over the top, they had a great selection of food that will tempt most palettes, wine list not bad either. We arrived around 10 minutes late due to heavy traffic, we were greeted with a smile and shown to our table, we were given ample time to peruse the menu to decided our starters and our main courses, all were prepared to perfection too. So if you are in the area it is must definitely worth a visit.

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  5. Thetouch

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Annual get together at the Cheltenham Festival would not be the same without a meal at The Butchers, and we had a superb meal on Thursday night, particularly the Calves liver, which was cooked to perfection !

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on 2 occasions this week as Cheltenham week.Despite being very noisy from racegoers & very busy we had a lovely meal although service a bit chaotic.Would heartily recommend.

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  7. Midge1

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate here about a year ago And the food was superb But our meal was average and my fish was over cooked Waitresss was excellent

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  8. jonny

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A friendly place for really inventive food with good but not overpriced wine. We are regulars and have never been let down. Jonny

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  9. Anon

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a gorgeous lunch at The Butchers on our last day in Stow on the Wold. The menu was fantastic as it catered for both fish lovers and meat people. I had the chilli and crab spaghetti which was full of flavour and not sparse on the ingredients. My fiancé had the roast which featured a Yorkshire pudding the size of his head and roast beef which was ridiculously soft. We had amazing desserts and cocktails to go with it and the staff were very friendly. It was probably the nicest meal on our trip and we would definitely go back.

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  10. Elizabetha

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    4 of us went here on 25th February Great atmosphere as soon as we entered It was bustling in there but service was great. We were shown to our table straight away and were served our drinks whilst we looked at menu Menu was good. Different to the usual restaurant menus. We had starters, mains and desserts and loved it all Service was great. Attentive but not too much Would recommend this restaurant and would go again if in the area

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were having a night away and The Old Butchers was the perfect venue for us to relax together and enjoy a night out together. Everything was spot on, the service, the menu, the food and the location. All just perfect

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  12. SaraB

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic meal at The Old Butchers. The menu is not miles long which I always take as the sign of a good restaurant-they clearly use fresh ingredients prepared well and professionally. My fish soup was perfect and just right portion-wise. My husband's fritto misto was perfectly cooked-light and crispy and fresh. My Dover sole was delicious as was my husbands steak-both perfectly cooked. The service was friendly and professional and ambience was great. I would highly recommend The Old Butchers and wish it was closer to home so we could visit more often!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. Had the mussels and the calves liver. Delicious 😋

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  14. MoatG

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Having had a wonderful meal there in June we took friends for birthday celebration expecting it to be just as good but was so disappointed. The waitress had no idea about beer on offer and just said she had no idea. I asked her to check if my chosen starter was wheat free and she checked and said it was. The mushroom risotto was tasty but the egg on top was hard boiled and cold. I asked again if my main choice of cod was wheat free and was assured it was but it came battered! The young waiter had no knowledge if it was wheat free but went to check. Meanwhile our guests were politely waiting. They all started their meals and after a few minutes my plate was taken away. I asked if I could choose a other dish so chose a safe lemon sole which arrived after every one had finished and it was just that. Fish on a plate with nothing else. Some chips arrived but did nothing to enhance the fish. My table guests enjoyed their food but commented on the lack of any vegetables apart from chips. Puddings were enjoyed by 2 people and to finish off the other 2 were served luke warm coffee. Very disappointing especially as it was a birthday treat. We were offered a small amount off my fish dish which was very expensive in the first place £28! For just fish on a plate. Would think twice about going again. Serving staff should have knowledge of allergies and dishes on the menu. We were the first to order on a quiet lunch time so no excuse especially when I had asked waitress to check the fish would be wheat free. ( there was no mention of the fish being battered on the menu) Ignorance of allergies could result in someone becoming very ill. We may try the restaurant again in the future when hopefully they will have fully trained staff. Just so disappointed.

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  15. tipnotincluded

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    For a place trading on the name of the old butcher and priding itself on its website on its knowledge of meat and fish, this was a pretty disappointing experience. I was expecting something pretty decent for Sunday lunch when opting for roast beef. Instead they served a pretty measly, dry and chewy plate that had obviously sat too long under a heat lamp. An attempt at distraction with a huge - though nicely made - Yorkshire pudding didn't make up for it. Despite taking it off the bill, no member of staff acknowledged the poor quality of the food, which was just strange. Other half's risotto was good and the service was quick and pleasant, hence 3 stars. Just don't be fooled by the name.

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  16. Handy

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good at The Butchers not a great deal of choice of mains for the fussy eaters but it's always well cooked and very tasty especially the liver and onions.

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  17. KeithS

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favourite restaurant and been visiting for many years even though long drive (from Epsom) it's worth it!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Four for birthday and Christmas. 2 young girls and 2 adults. Food was excellent. Service not bad but charged me for a coffee which was not brought. Most important - tables too small.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I don't normally write reviews but I visited this place with a 5 month teething baby (not ideal but nothing we could do!). From the moment I asked if the stroller was ok, to the moment we left, the service was amazing, probably the most attentive team I have seen for a long time. The food was also very good and well presented. I would be back there in a heartbeat if I didn't live 3500 miles away!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    birthday celebration with friends- as always fantastic service and good food-never fail to deliver for us

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  21. Iain

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Customers at next table on Skype throughout our meal. Very loud and proud. Waiter sloshed expensive wine over the table said 'whoops' and had to be asked to clean it up. Steak was very good. Lobster underwhelming and small.

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  22. Sophie

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lots of seafood on the menu - oysters were amazing and so was everything else ! Cute atmosphere

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  23. LizA

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed - would choose another restaurant rather than this.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A delightful meal for a birthday celebration. Wine list very large and interesting. Menu unusual featuring a lot of fish including lobster although I had expected more meat from the name. Staff were friendly, prompt and knowledgable. This is a bistro style restaurant with tables quite close together and a little noisy when busy but has a very pleasant ambience.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We'll be back!

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  26. Izzy

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food reasonably priced and a good drinks/wine menu. Our Chilli Crab spaghetti and Ox done two ways were both delicious. Service was excellent right up until the end when it took around 25 mins for desert to arrive (worth it though - pistachio crème brulee was yummy) . This wouldn't stop us going back though! Lovely waiting staff too.

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  27. LoLo

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant and always return for a special occasion. Well worth paying a bit extra for the great quality food. Great service too.

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  28. Hallparkhorn

    London

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even on a quiet monday night the food was outstanding,the calves liver and the lobster are the best in the cotswolds!!!Service was as excellent as ever this really is the best place in Stow by a country mile

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  29. RHSJ

    Cambridge

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We shared a fritto misto for a starter and then both had a half lobster. The lobster was very well cooked and remained moist. It would have been nice to have a little salad with the lobster; it was served completely plain with chips and a sauce on the side. I would highly rate the food and would most certainly return. The staff were very young but helpful and competent. The only negative was that the tables are too close together. The restaurant was full on a cold and damp November night and the owners are obviously keen to serve as many as possible. However I would encourage them to take out [2] tables which I believe would have a noticeable impact on the ambiance.

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  30. RachelB

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere, great service with a smile , Delicious food and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Stow- on the wold 😁

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good. We have eaten here a few times now and the menu is always appealing. The staff are lovely and the food is always good.

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  32. Briansimmons

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff are all very polite and attentive service was prompt food of a very high quality will definitely be returning in the future.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Did advertise Lobster but not that it was only half. Should be more clearly advertised but good food and evening all the same.

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  34. Jezzer1

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, restaurant had a real buzz. Staff were lovely, although service was a little slow due to the number of covers. Didn't get the table requested but the alternative window table was fine.

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  35. HowardD

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Sorry but the service and food has gone down hill since the front of house gentleman in his 50's from Winchcombe left !

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must if you're visiting stow. I will be returning asap.

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  37. Shade

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place!! Of course I enjoyed the food, its {insert your favourite invective here) marvellous !! I From the sharing platter for two ( we hadn't wanted a starter but my main course was going to take a little while so we were offered a sharing platter - half size option) to the calves liver for my DH and the posh game pie for me, the food is stunning..oh and the olives!!! Please try the olives. All round excellent noms in a cosy comfortable environment. We were both driving so I can't tell you about the wines, but I can tell you we are planning our next visit.

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  38. Tasty2

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place - real favourite of mine. Always gorgeous food, delightful wine and friendly and efficient staff.

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  39. BeaW

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Third visit to this lovely restaurant. Not quite as good as last time as we had a few little issues. Younger staff need more training, smallish lobster - slightly disappointed. Manageress/owner is excellent but can't be everywhere at once.

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  40. AnthonyL

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food - guinea fowl was superb - and service very prompt without feeling in any way rushed. It's always quite cosy in The Butchers but I recommend it and will certainly be coming again

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Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1AQ

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Mon–Fri 6:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private car park during busy times street parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Robinson
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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