Awarded a Michelin star back in 2011, James and Elizabeth Winter’s pub the Butchers Arms has succeeded in a county which is notoriously difficult for restauranteurs to conquer.
Perhaps they’ve succeeded because – despite the slew of honours bestowed upon the Butchers Arms – the couple opened it with nothing in mind but a simple countryside boozer where locals could meet to have a pint and a good meal after work.
Gloucestershire is not well-known for its culinary hotspots, which makes the runaway success of James and Elizabeth.
Their pub was born out of a desire to run a simple local, with James producing a simple, daily-changing menu on his own in the kitchen and Elizabeth looking after guests front-of-house.
But somewhere along the line, people started talking. This pub wasn’t just a cosy boozer with decent nosh. It was a bloody great boozer putting out food to rival some of the country’s top restaurants.
The gastropub was awarded a Michelin star back in 2011 and named Pub of the Year by the prestigious guide in October 2015.
James’s menu changes daily but sometimes more frequently, according to how much produce is sold and what becomes available.
Sample dishes include Cornish fish soup with home-smoked cod and monkfish; grilled octopus with pork dumpling and honey roasted pork belly; and middle white pork faggots and onions with black pudding, crispy polenta and pea purée.