The Old Butchers

Modern European·

SquareMeal Review of The Old Butchers

With plenty of glass, twin awnings & a decked terrace out front complete with alfresco tables, this modern, informal brasserie has the cosmopolitan style that immediately makes it stand out from the crowd in the old Cotswold market town of Stow. Inside continues the relaxed, contemporary theme, with a stylish small bar & modern chairs & banquette seating in a white-linen free zone. The kitchen sets great store by the provenance of its ingredients, and, in harmony with the surroundings, delivers unfussy modern dishes executed with flair & accuracy; think classics like rib-eye steak with béarnaise, perhaps calf’s liver with bacon & sage, or more upbeat ideas like marinated venison with chilli & balsamic. A raspberry cheesecake or chocolate tart might provide the finish, while the short, well-chosen wine list comes with a decent selection by glass. With its welcome all-day opening, easygoing, unbuttoned service & buzzy atmosphere, a loyal following is secured.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Cosy, Traditional
Other Awards
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Old Butchers

The Old Butchers is a casual, family-run restaurant in the Cotswolds serving a generous modern European menu of crowd-pleasing favourites. It was opened by Pete and Louise Robinson in 2005, originally a butcher’s shop and now a friendly and welcoming place to dine on lovingly-cooked fare within cosy interiors. Pete, who was born in Macclesfield, has worked in a number of highly-praised restaurants including a stint as head chef at two Michelin-starred Bibendum. Louise, meanwhile, runs the day-to-day operations of the restaurants, and their daughter Millie works front of house – it's a full family affair.  

The dining room is rustic and cosy inside, with wooden tables, stone brick walls and a feature shelf showcasing its wine collection. There is also limited outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant which is best suited to when the sun is shining.  

The Old Butchers menu incorporates a nose-to-tail ethos into its cooking to ensure as little as possible is wasted. The menu changes regularly in line with what’s available and seasonal at the time, especially for things like meat and seafood. The latter plays a prominent role on the menu, with dedicated sections for shellfish and ‘fruits de mer’. Guests can order the likes of lobster thermidor, Scottish langoustines with mayonnaise or a platter of fresh seafood to share, while raw plates include oysters and tuna tartare with soy, mirin and avocado. Main dishes might include things like Cornish lobster mac ‘n’ cheese or line caught pollock with warm tartar sauce, smoked salmon and samphire, but for meat-lovers there are also dishes ‘cooked over charcoal’ including a choice of steaks or calves liver with slow cooked onions, aligot pancetta and aged balsamic. 

The drinks list offers a fine array of wines and spirits, as well as a collection of local beers, bitters and ales.  


Does The Old Butchers accept large group bookings?

The Old Butchers accepts maximum table sizes of 6 people

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Is The Old Butchers open every day?

The Old Butchers is closed Sundays and Mondays

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Location for The Old Butchers

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

0145 183 1700


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 18:00-21:00
Sat 18:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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1 Review 

Gail M

05 July 2009  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
The Old Butcher's is an excellent restaurant…well run, friendly and unpretentious, and the food is always great…local produce, fresh fish brought up from Cornwall, home made breads and usually comes in around £35 to £40 per head with 2 courses, wine and coffee. The interior is modern, with an outside front terrace to sit and have a drink. Reservations are a must especially at weekends. My favourite in the Cotswold.
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