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The Butchers’ Social, Harborne, Birmingham: restaurant review

Read our review of The Butchers' Social on Harborne's popular High Street. This quirky pop-up offers a winning combination of booze, street food and weekly specials

In a nutshell

This quirky pop-up offering a winning combination of booze, street food and weekly specials has become a highlight of Harborne’s popular High Street. Expect alternative cider and ales and chicken wings that have become the stuff of legends

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Who’s cooking

The dream team behind The Butchers’ Social is Mike Bullard and Jamie Desogus, two professional chefs with over 15 years of experience in everything from Michelin-starred cookery to running the kitchens of premiership football stadiums, and their wide range of experience shows in the quality of the food they produce here.


Menu know-how

The menu changes every few days but the focus is largely sophisticated pub grub. Finger food like wings and fries served in street food containers are a staple and look out for seasonal must-tries including the guinea fowl with sweet potato barley and crispy onions if you’re in for the night. A brunch menu is also served until 2.30pm each day which includes classics such as eggs Benedict and American-style pancakes along with a few more left-field choices including brown shrimp served with yogurt, almonds, honey and egg.


Menu must-orders

Order a mixture of street-food snacks and one-off dishes and split them if you can bear to share. But if you insist on flying solo, the salted caramel chicken wings and the garlic salt fries won’t disappoint. Dessert options are limited, often in the form of chocolate cake.


What we liked

The booze. Beer is from Birmingham’s Two Towers Brewery and gin from the locally distilled Langleys No.8. There’s also a wide range of ciders including Heineken’s new Blind Pig Cider, which is a craft cider-spirit blend, which comes in a range of flavours including blueberry and bourbon, and rum and poached pear.


What’s the room like

Industrial and relaxed, The Butchers’ Social is chilled out and welcoming. Splashes of graffiti and fairy lights collide to create a laidback space that is the ideal spot for after-work drinks or a date night with a difference. Weekend events and live music also make it a popular choice for those wanting more than just a good feed.


The Butchers’ Social is a great spot to enjoy casual drinks and some seriously good food, outside of the city centre. The hipster vibe makes it popular with the cool crowd but as long as you appreciate good food you’ll be happy here.

175-177 Harborne High Street Harborne B17 9QE

Words by Charlotte Philpotts (www.amuchprettierpuzzle.com)

November 2015


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