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Comments below from are from:
28 January 2010
I am a regular diner at the Butler's Arms. There is always a warm welcome and if you're lucky a table! They are often fully booked in the evenings, even in the week, thanks to the superb 3 courses for a tenner deal Mon - Fri :-)) The menu is varied and changes regularly so there is always something new to try and everything I've sampled has been lovely. Only complaint is you do need to order sides with most of the main courses as they usually only come with potatoes, chips, rice or pasta, but they are not expensive and are very tasty. I recommend you pop in for lunch if you can, not so busy and a wide choice of meals and sandwiches for a fiver and you can still order from the main menu if you wish. I feel very lucky to have the Butler's as my local.
01 September, 2009
"If music be the food of love ..." by Wedding Belle (1 review)
- Likes it - This pub should advertise more, it has so much potential. - Food was excellent - great steaks and excellent homemade desserts. - Great for a Sunday afternoon - sit on a comfy sofa with the Sunday papers and a large G&T! - The music on a Sunday afternoon is not to be missed. Pete Hartley (electric violinist). I heard he was playing here and went a long for a meal and to see him, he actually played at my Wedding two years ago and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Been in tonight pub packed and it is pouring with rain, staff and even chris on top form, menu 3 courses for a tenner fantastic the place was buzzing. What we also have is a great wine list and great selection of top quality beers, really enjoyed my night here did not want to go home. Hidden gem give it a try.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Staff are fantastic, lovely and friendly with a smart apperance and a "can't do enough for you" attitude. The food is perfectly cooked (especially the steaks) and their white chocolate Torte is a definate to try when you go. Friday and saturday are busy so book early, even in the week it can be hectic. If you get in it is a wonderful atmoshere. We always have a great evening there, if its for food or drink.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
We went to the butlers arms for dessert as we were passing by and we were wowed by the place. The menu is extensive and has a great variety of fish dishes, unusal for most restaurants and certainly not lacking in imagination. Other options including those for vegetarians were also plentiful . The only difficulty is choosing!! Enjoy
Sunday, May 27, 2007
A fantastic pub/restaurant to dine, staff are polite and smart, food is excellent definitely worth the money. Recommended to all
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Superb food along with excellent service from the staff.
The ambience of the place was also first class I would thoroughly recommend eating here.
Mr Steve Smith
Below is a sample review from:
Sutton Coldfield is a strange place.
It's supposed to be one of the wealthiest towns in the country and yet is pretty much bereft of the attendant decent restaurants that you'd expect in such a place. (If I didn't live in Sutton) I might expect gastro pubs, bistros, and perhaps something with an ambition towards Michelin. Maybe not Ludlow, but, you know, making the effort.
Anyway, as you know (or if you didn't now you do) it really is sadly lacking in pretensions towards anything much grander than the freezer to fryer mockery of TGI. For a long time the best restaurant in Sutton was, assuredly, Pizza Express (which isn't to decry that establishment but kinda underlines the yawning gap where real restaurants should be).
Sure there are hit and miss places like The Boathouse where the view is usually better than the food, but in the main and for the greater part it's a culinary desert.
I'm not going to try to say that the Butlers Arms is THE ANSWER. But it is a light in the dark.
It's a really nice (albeit with slightly derivative decorative themes) pub-restaurant. It cooks its own food, and it does daily specials.
It does it all pretty well, and it has a decent wine list and selection of cheese and homemade puddings to boot. The staff are attentive and pleasant without being intrusive and it is exactly the sort of thing which should be the norm, not the abnormal, in this place.
I thought about not putting this on the site because I can usually turn up and blag a table without booking and I really don't know who reads the scribblings on here and whether it really has an impact on where people go but there is always a worry that if someone takes what you say at face value then future tables might become scarce.
Then I thought that such an attitude is succour to the pathetic offerings and establishments that are happy to charge large amounts of your cash for food you'd struggle not to easily surpass yourself with minimum time and effort. I think they abound here and they do so because of such easy complacency.
So...... apologies if I sound a little strident, but if you want a decent meal served in decent surroundings by decent human beings in the vicinity of the culinary black hole of Sutton try the Butlers Arms.
You could, basically by default, do sooooo much worse.
The Following Review is from:
The Butlers Arms, 444 Lichfield Road, Mere Green
Mar 29 2007
By Ben Hurst, Birmingham Mail
WHEN does a pub become a restaurant?
I used to go along to the Butlers Arms, then called The New Inn for a game of darts in my youth.
It certainly had no pretensions then, and in terms of the genteel world of Sutton Coldfield was even thought of as a bit 'rough'.
Times have certainly changed, and walking through the doors these days couldn't be more different. Far from the old crowd of non desirables, Sutton's finest were on display in their glad rags.
It's still got a bar, but there the similarities ended. My wife and I were shown to our table by an attentive waitress and took in the menu.
No chicken in a basket or pie and chips now - instead a slimmed down list of restaurant quality main courses awaited us.
My wife chose a 'seafood platter' starter - also available as a main from the specials board and was extremely impressed. Prawns, tiger prawns, crab, salmon and a tasty terrine. My Thai crab cakes were reasonable with hot chilli sauce, although the coating wasn't crispy enough.
For main my wife went for Lamb Shank in a redcurrant and port sauce with creamed potato. The meat was excellent, sauce not overpowering, and the side dish of seasonable vegetables we shared was cooked just right.
My main course of belly pork on root vegetable mash was simply excellent - a classic British warming winter dish, cooked to perfection, with moist, succulent meat and crispy in the right places.
Pudding was too much for my wife, but I managed to tackle a huge chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. A crane was later needed to lift me from the seat.
So the Butlers Arms is dead as a pub - but alive, well and thriving as a restaurant. And given the lack of decent places to eat in Sutton it's doing very well - with booking for busy nights essential.
THE BILL: Two pints Abbot Ale £5, Pepsi £1.40, Seafood platter starter £5.50, Thai crabcake starter, £4.95 Roast belly pork £10.95, Lamb shank £9.75, Vegetables £2, Brownie £3.45, One coffee £1.20. TOTAL: £44.20.
And finally our favourite…….
"Having quenched our thirst we decided to stay for food and were offered A4 sheets from the barman (owner?) who had the personality of a dead dog….…"
Thanks GJ whoever you are!!