Review on The Old Butcher's Restaurant
Peter and Louise Robinson used to the run The Kings Arms in prosperous Stow, but moved down the road in 2006 to new premises in a one-time butcher's shop. Despite the name, they see the place as an informal 'dining room' rather than a dressed-up restaurant, and they are happy serve afternoon teas as well as drinks at the bar (no English real ales, but some fine bottled Belgian beers make amends if you need liquid refreshment).
The carnivorous connection has been followed through and Peter now owns a small herd of Gloucester Old Spot pigs, which are slaughtered and butchered locally. Every bit 'from squeak to tail' can show up on the menu – from roast belly with fennel to flash-fried liver with onions, bacon and sherry.
Dishes change regularly and inspiration comes from near and far. Cornish scallops might be paired with chorizo, roast cod could be served with tahini, chick peas and spinach, while squid is often given the spicy Vietnamese treatment. Meat dishes range from rack of lamb with boulangère potatoes, garlic and parsley sauce to côte de boeuf for two, and desserts span everything from Venetian rice pudding to Turkish yoghurt cake with passion fruit curd. The good-value wine list offers a quick trip around the globe.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm (6.30 - 10.00pm Sat) (7.00 - 9.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express