Location & History

An amazing location

Reached down narrow, winding lanes the village of Sheepscombe is sheltered by beautiful Beech wood slopes to either side. The traditional Cotswold stone houses and breath-taking scenery make the area a magnet for walkers, cyclists and tourists alike.  With strolls in the woods and through fields being as long or as leisurely as you like. We offer a suggestion of six circular walks via a leaflet available from the pub or please click here to read more and download a copy.

The Sheepscombe Valley was once part of a Royal Deer Park used by King Henry VIII, with the pub dating from around 1670.  Its name comes from the practice in those days, of hanging the carcasses of deer killed on the hunt in what is now the bar area.

The Butchers Arms also has an unusual claim to fame.  Our carved outdoor sign of a butcher sipping a pint of beer with a pig tied to his leg is probably the best known and most photographed pub sign in the country.  “Arfur”, so called due to falling from his perch and breaking in half, was lovingly restored to full health in 2020 by two stoic and talented regulars. We all appreciate their heroic efforts!

Walks & Local Attractions

We have put together a selection of six circular walks from The Butchers Arms. Please feel free to call in and ask for a copy of the leaflet at the bar.

Six circular walks from The Butchers Arms

Far End
1 mile: Easy

Saltridge Wood
2¼ miles: Fairly Easy

4 miles: Moderate

Foston’s Ash and Cranham
6 miles: Moderate

7 miles: Moderate

Cotswold Way
13 miles: Strenuous

Close proximity to so much

The Butchers Arms is set in an area which has so much to offer.  Local attractions include the Rococo Gardens at Painswick, Stroud and its Farmers Market, Gloucester Cathedral and the Spa Town of Cheltenham to name but a few. A member of the team would be happy to help with any directions required.

To explore the area fully, why not stay a while nearby:

Hammonds Farm B&B, Wick Street

Beech Farm Glamping, Beech Lane


(+44) 1452 812113

Butchers Arms
Gloucestershire GL6 7RH



Opening Times

Monday - Thursday:
Open: 11.30  - 3:00pm and 5.00pm - 10.00pm
Lunch Time: Food:  12.00 noon – 2.30pm
Evening: Food:  5.30pm – 8.30pm

Open: All day

Lunch Time: Food:  12.00 noon – 2.30pm
Evening: Food:  5.30pm – 8.30pm

Open: All Day from 12noon - 10.30pm

Food 12.00 – 8.30pm

Open: 12noon - 6.00pm

Food 12.00 – 3.30pm

Please note that during quiet times we may close the pub earlier in the evenings.


To reserve a table

Currently we are unable to take online bookings. Should you wish to book a table please call the pub direct on (01452) 812113