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Local cuisine, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
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The Butchers Arms offers a truly unique dining experience. Originally dating from 1375, the restaurant is situated in the unspoilt Warwickshire village of Priors Hardwick, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to savour fine cuisine and superb wines in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy the genuine warm welcome, inglenook fireplace and flagstone floors leading to the spacious and elegant dining room beyond. Whether you require a romantic table for two, a big birthday celebration or a business function, we are pleased to help you.
PRICE RANGE
£17 - £23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
European, Portuguese
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Butchers Arms is a Portuguese restaurant situated in a beautiful ironstone building in very quaint Priors Hardwick village. We booked an early dinner, but when we turned up they seemed somewhat surprised to see us. I say ‘they’ although there only seemed to be...only one waiter on duty for quite a few tables. Anyway, once seated things improved rapidly. I had a Chanfana, which is slow cooked shoulder of lamb and really delicious. Went very well with the Portuguese red wine. My wife had a chicken and rice dish which she enjoyed. It’s not cheap, but I’d rate the value pretty good. Service was also quick and efficient, despite there being only one waiter. My only criticism is that when I paid with card, the waiter asked if I wanted to add a gratuity. I was happy to do so, but others might find that a bit too blunt a request. Recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were given a friendly greeting and shown to our table. We shared the Tempura Squid Aioli followed by mains Fillet Steak and Butchers Arms Fish Cakes Deserts were Pastel de Nata and Chocolate Fondant All were delicious and all plates emptied The owner came...out and spoke with us and made sure we were happy with all the courses as we had them. We will be returning as it was one of the best meals we have had latelyMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Superb food and service ,the Maitre de is excellent. I had the Tournedos Rossini which was as good as I have ever had in 40 years of patronising the Butchers Arms

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

It feels like the place is limping on propped up by the good will of past glories. If you visited The Butcher’s Arms in its prime and remember being greeted warmly by Lino (and Figo), being waited on by well dressed and friendly waiting staff,...and served dessert from the infamous trolley I would strongly recommend sticking to the memories and not going back. We visited on a Saturday night and when we arrived there were only 3 other cars in the car park which felt ominous. If you’ve not visited before ultimately the service was OK nothing more, the food was mediocre, and the atmosphere is non existent. It’s worth mentioning that it is incredibly cold in the restaurant as well so take a jumper. If you’ve visited before and remember it as described at the start of this review then it will feel ten times worse and I would definitely steer clear. All in all quite sad considering what it once was.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

A party of 7, we went at 4pm last Sunday, Mothers Day. So bad from entering to leaving, words fail me. So shambolic we often thought it was a recorded wind up. Overall feeling is genuine anger. We all make mistakes but EVERY element of...the experience was off the scale bad - made worse by the owner / manager expressing no apology, ownership of the issues, or empathy. Sorry to say it but do not eat here, it was a disgrace. Second chance? No. Their acceptance of problems maybe, but not here.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Have lots of special memories at the butchers arms when Leo ran the restaurant, it was always a treat to return. When we had been before was not only good food but an experience with staff treating so well. We decided to give a go...for a Mother’s Day treat and was highly disappointed. The dress code of the staff was pore. It was very cold in there, wasn’t the same experience as before. The food was cold and bland, we asked how the food was and my dad mentioned that he didn’t enjoy his and the manager returned to table with an attitude and asked if he wanted to choose another meal but had all finished eating. Will not be returning and disappointed at the experience and was very pricey for the standard of food.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2024

Dear emily h Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent visit. We sincerely appreciate your loyalty and are truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. Once again, we apologize for falling short of your expectations and thank you...More

Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Painfully slow service, had to get up and wander around to find staff to ask for anything, requested the same drink three times before it arrived. When food did finally arrive the children’s plate arrived with both dressing on the salad and gravy on the...roast when I asked specifically for none. Mushroom starter was awful, roast main was ok but with pork “crackling” that was just chewy thick fat that should never have been served and roast potatoes which weren’t at all crispy. Fruit crumble was mush with no taste and needed more sugar. Other diners at the next table had to return cold plates of food and chase up drinks orders too. Shockingly overpriced, I felt robbed. Never again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2024

Dear Kilma83 Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you had during your visit.

Reviewed 29 February 2024

This used to be such “a special place”. Lino was its heart, but so was the atmosphere (felt like being at a party), warmth and welcoming, and the buzz. Loved the lunch menu with various exciting choices and great value. Everyone who went loved it...and wanted to go again and again Now, no lunch menu, only the a la carte menu which frankly isn’t exciting and over priced. It’s cold (welcome and heating). I know there were few people there, but paying a la carte prices in the bar is not special. The food wasn’t special. Unless something improves and fast, I don’t think it will be here much longer. Nuno I am so sorry to say this.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

We have visited this place numerous times in the past . You used to be welcomed in , your coats were taken, the staff were dressed impeccably . The tables were beautifully decorated with fresh flowers , the food was to die for and even...better was the dessert trolley served by a lovely lady. (Whose name I bent remember ) How disappointing it was for our visit . It was so cold. All the main restaurant was curtained off. We were met by a gentleman wearing casual clothes , he didn’t offer to pour water for other clientele. The food took a long time but it was very nice even though a bit expensive. I would think that if Lino could see the place now he would be very shocked . He and Augusta worked so hard to make it an amazing place to visit such a shameMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 February 2024

Needed a bit of time to gather my thoughts and find the words for this because I was left totally perplexed and speechless at this experience. I am always very complementary where credit is due but I feel, since people are paying a fine dining...price, they deserve a fine dining experience. January, Wednesday Night. I get it, it's going to be quiet. But when we rocked up, we genuinely thought the place was closed. As we opened the door I immediately got the sense of a place awoken from the dead or at least, a long hibernation. The smell was a mixture of wet dog, log burner, old carpet and cigarettes and dust. Old country pub, sometimes it's like that, sure. But then, Deathly silence. Freezing. No smiles, just a kind of lethargic welcome and a single table set up in the bar area. This was a special occasion for me and my partner. He'd surprised me having heard such fantastic things about this place and I had this sinking feeling and sadness for him that it was just going to be a bit deflating from when we walked in. The two members of staff (mumbling a lot in a different language, perhaps it was Portuguese, who knows) showed absolutely zero desire to be there. In fact, our waiter (who also turned out to be the chef) said he'd just returned from his holiday that morning and I genuinely ALMOST apologised for being a burden on his day. Anyway, drinks ordered, wine nice, overpriced and some bottles god knows how long they'd been open, but fine it was nice. This room smell is not subsiding. Coat is not coming off, it is Baltic in here. Fire's on but, one painful log at a time. Food ordering was fun. It had to be something he had in because he'd been away and not ordered anything, we were told. My partner resorted to: "Ok so what HAVE you got?" And we picked the 1 fillet steak left and the venison. Calamari to start. SIX POUNDS FIFTY for 5 pieces of defrosted tepid, rubbery Calamari. You can't justify that guys. The fillet for my Tournedos Rossini was cooked how I'd asked thank you and I received more of the creamed spinach than people usually get apparently, nice gesture. Is it possible for Paté to actually taste like dog smell? Truffle chips, or deep fried school dinner french fries in truffle oil with old parmesan thrown on top? I got down to the soaked Brioche toast and I had to stop eating, it was like old cooking fat. Cold but then a bit warmed up. I'm still a bit queasy thinking about it. I've never had something so pricey from an A La Carte Menu that makes me worry I will get ill. My partner is a rugby player with an iron stomach and will eat anything. He cleared his and mine up no bother. Not wasting this when it costs this much, rather than for the love of it. Grateful for not going hungry basically. I don't like confrontation, I had a feeling it wouldn't go down well if we returned it, or complained. Chef #2 had his coat on ready to go home, stood behind the bar before we'd had our plates cleared so it became a case of 'let's just pay and get out of here'. We had Portuguese Cheesy Pop playing quite loudly overhead by the way. That was annoying and not indicative of a cosy, fine dining country pub. More 00's Eurovision. Guys, I'm sorry I know this review seems harsh but our bill was £85 and I've had better service at a kebab takeaway. I could tell, having never been before, what a wonderful place this was and could be from the remnants of the atmosphere and the efforts with the menu. I've read other people's reviews and it genuinely makes me feel sad that we didn't feel the joy that others have felt. I was sad all the way home because it felt like an old seaside town that's lost its spark and the legacy is fading. I urge you to please do something so that people don't feel like this when parting with their hard-earned cash. Or, go and do something else that makes you happier. Maybe we'll give it another go in the Summer, but at that price, sadly, I doubt it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

We went here for my birthday could not fault the food I know it a bit pricey but it was cooked to a very high standard. Also the staff very attentive asking did we enjoy the meal and helpful. My only complaint was how cold...it was I know it an old building and appreciate that but think you could have had some more heaters for the place to be warmMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2024

Dear tracey186403 Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and experienced. We appreciate your understanding of the challenges with the old building. We hope to welcome you back soon

Reviewed 8 January 2024

The food was good and my partners fillet steak was very good but my meal was just OK and no more. Like other reviews when you are spending £100 on two meals a bit of something special would be nice. No free bread, olives nothing....Nothing with the bill. We had the calamari which was 5 small pieces for £6.50 and it wasn't great at all. Pure rubber. I feel the food has be priced much to high for what it us and how the plates work together needs some work. The potatoes on both dishes really weren't great. It wasn't awful but I can get better cheaper with more of an experience as part of the evening. Also the room was so cold I didn't tale my coat off which isn't greatMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2024

Dear leahc443 Thank you for sharing your feedback. We appreciate your compliments regarding the overall dining experience. We apologize that your meal did not meet your expectations. We hope you consider giving us another opportunity in the future.

Reviewed 16 December 2023

Enjoyed the festive menu. Delicious celeriac and apple soup. Sea bass was enjoyable. Ravioli was very yummy. Finished meal with lovely crumble.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2024

Dear janecM9374DM We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our menu. We appreciate your feedback and hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. Thank you.

Reviewed 12 December 2023

Was disappointed with the food , we have been a few times over the years ,loved it years ago with the sweet trolly doing its rounds , unfortunately we won’t be returning . Feel it has gone a little bit down hill . As we...entered a smell hit me which was unpleasant , food was average , we had roast turkey , had a Yorkshire and carrots which were luke warm , and meat was dry , a waiter came to table stinking of cigarett (yuk) I just feel when you are paying £140 for two people for Sunday roast everything should Be top notch , such a shame as we loved this place once ..More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2024

Dear Sightsee27520822913 We sincerely apologize for your recent visit with us and appreciate your feedback. This is not the standard we aim, and we are sorry for falling short during your visit. We hope you might reconsider giving us another chance.

Reviewed 7 December 2023

How embarrassing to admit that we have not revisited this wonderful eatery for 13 years. Our wedding lunch was held here and we have fond memories of a wonderful meal and overall experience. Today was no different, the restaurant felt warm and cosy and the...service was exceptional without being intrusive. Alison and her "trainee" made the experience even more delightful. The quality of the food is high and the presentation first class. Portion size is sufficient to make this great value for the price paid. We will NOT leave it another 13 years to visit this highly recommended eatery.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nuno Correia, Owner at The Butcher's Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2024

Dear ACF75 Thank you so much for you kind words. We're thrilled to hear that your recent experience was as delightful as your wedding lunch. Here's to many more enjoyable dining experiences with us.

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5