You may remember my visit to The Butcher’s Social last month. I had such a lovely time (you can read about it here) that I made a pact to return sooner rather than later.
That happened to end up being on one of the confusing few days dividing Christmas and New Year. You know the ones I mean – Is it Monday? Can I eat cheese for breakfast? It’s always a bit of a weird time and if you’re anything like me you end up getting cabin fever, desperate for a change of scene. When we decided to get out of Birmingham for a few hours I knew exactly where I wanted to go.
The Butcher’s Social made quite an impact on me during my first visit, with excellent service and vibrant flavours. For this visit though my plan was to set up camp in the cosy bar, rather than the restaurant, to graze on bar snacks and sip ales. So is the bar experience as good as the restaurant’s? Two words: chicken wings.
First up a plate of Marmite and Wild Rice wings that were blacker than the lump of coal Santa left me and flavoured with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Whilst not being particularly photo friendly (the additional puffed wild rice I would leave out) they were absolutely superb, with the sticky glaze layered with punchy and salty flavour. As with both plates of wings we tried, the meat fell away from the bone with ease, the skin perfectly crisp. The portion is more than generous for the £7 price tag, too.
A second plate flavoured with Black Bean & Ginger made me actually mumble something about Jesus upon ripping the first mouthful of meat from the bone. Heavy on the soy and honey, the fresh slices of pickled ginger provided welcome freshness and warmth to a rich glaze. I relished rolling the chicken around in the sauce left behind, a perfect balance of sweet and savoury. My chin, top and the pub table also enjoyed all of the above.
There’s a great choice of chicken wing flavours available, all priced at £7 or £14 depending whether you want to eat individually or share one big bowl. We added a bowl of naughty but ever so nice triple cooked chips to two small plates and the bill hit just £18 which is a bargain considering the quantity and quality. I’ll definitely be back for more of these.
In terms of beer there’s some nice Purity offerings, including Bunnyhop. This is a great place, and well worthy of the 30 minute journey out of the city – there’s some fabulous food and great service to boot.
The Butcher’s Social, 97 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AT
Disclosure: I paid in full for the food and drink included in this post. Words and images are all mine.