England > West Midlands > Birmingham, Aston
Beer Available At Bartons Arms (Oakham) (arranged by most recent)
Atomic Meltdown , Dancing Duck Seduction , Salopian Hop Twister 74, Backyard Penda , Dancing Duck Gold 45, Blue Monkey Sanctuary 63, Green Jack Orange Wheat Beer 46, Beowulf Chase Buster , Beowulf Folded Cross 50, Whitworth Sobriety MPH , Blackwater Hair Of The Dog , Oakham Deadly Catch , Blue Monkey Infinity Plus One , Titanic Old Ale , Oakham Another Fine Ale , Black Hole No Escape 75, Oakham Inferno 90, Oakham Tranquility 93, Green Jack Peach Wheat , Oakham Bishops Farewell (Cask) 92
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sic1314 (281) Leiden, Netherlands | September 1, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous old pub, well run by Oakham and fortunately now safe and sound in comparison to so many Midlands pubs. A most visit just for the architecture.
BlackHaddock (263) , England | March 28, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
I was there on a Telford and East Shropshire CAMRA outing, the place is a joy. The whole bus party were impressed from the first sight of the pub, inside it looks even better. After ordering my first pint I wondered round and loved it.
Well maintained (sensitively restored in some areas), you can imagine what drinking back in Victorian times must have been like.
All the beers I tried were excellant and the Thai food went down equally well.
A far distance from the city centre scene, but well worth finding if in Birmingham.
deanso (237) the Hague, Netherlands | April 18, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous place. As Blackhaddock says, you can almost imgaine what it would have been like at the turn of the 19th Century. Decent selection of handpump beers. The Thai food looked good, maybe next time.
DanielBrown (235) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | March 25, 2004| Updated July 20, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This pub is absolutely beautiful, a real Victorian jewel, superbly restored last year, when Oakhams Ales purchased it. Has a large range of Belgian bottles, often including Westvleteren, and a rotating selection of the excellent Oakhams output. Suffers from its location - being in a slightly unsavoury area, 15 mins from the City Centre, hence itís very quiet in the week, but picks up at weekends, and the restaurant does very well. Really deserves to do well, and such is the pub scene in Brum, that itís already second only to the Anchor in my book. The landlord is great, and the building is worth seeing in itís own right. A must see on any visit to Birmingham.
TimE (233) Tokyo, Japan | August 7, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place, odd mixed clientele of different smells. Great prices, some of beers were only 2.6 pounds/pint. Staff were very generous with sample pours - even compared to the US these guys gave great samples. Beers were all good condition but was hoping for a bit bigger selection. Surprisingly the atmosphere was the biggest let down. Certainly not bad, but didnít feel as authentic as expected. Was there for lunch and thought food was reasonably good. Unless there is a big turn over of beers canít imagine rushing back but certainly a must for overseas visitors.
mcberko (174) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 28, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Decent little traditional English pub with four Oakham ales on cask (at the time of visiting). The rest of the taps at boring macro stuff and some ciders. The adjoining Thai food restaurant is a nice touch. Service was very friendly and the prices are standard, maybe on the cheaper side. Decent place - worth a stop if in the area, but nothing mandatory.
SarkyNorthener (63) Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), England | June 25, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Driven past and worked near this pub on occasions for over 12 years now. Its only a 15 minute drive from my house. Yet never been until today. In one of the worst areas of Birmingham like an oasis. Beautiful interior. My visit was during middle of day and there were half a dozen CAMRA guys there. Beer was in top condition.
Clembo1957 (61) Smethwick, England | April 10, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 8/20
Ignore the location! The pub has the full range of Oakham Ales and an excellent Thai menu
RichTheVillan (9) , England | May 12, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful traditional pub with amazing architecture and decor, Oakham ales on tap which are always on top form and good prices. To top it off there is a Thai restaurant serving top notch cuisine.
tania_nexust (7) , England | November 11, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Architecturally beautiful Victorian pub, now owned by Oakam Ales and regularly stocking 4-6 Oakham beers on tap, as well as Green Devil IPA in bottles, guest cask ales from other breweries, a changing draught from Kostritzer (e.g. schwarz, weiss) and some Belgian bottles as well.
Interior is adorned with Minton tiling, a gilded staircase and painted stained glass, with snob screens around the wooden bar. Upstairs there is a boardroom and a large ballroom for functions and live music.
Good value, good quality Thai food is served, both in the laid-out dining area and in the main bar, with plenty of choice, and the Oakham pale hoppy beers compliment it well.
Very friendly managers and serving staff, who are happy to chat about beer and make you feel welcome. Mixed clientele of regulars, visitors to Villa football club, groups of friends and couples dining. Relaxed and friendly ambience.
A place not to miss if visiting Birmingham, for the well-kept ales, great food and beautiful surroundings.
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