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70 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“Great looking Victorian building and nice interior. However a setup is a bit odd, one part is Thai restaurant and the other is pub with large bar in the middle. Route to the restroom takes you through the restaurant part and I had a feeling I was interrupting a family meeting there, kids running around etc. The pub seems like it has seen better days, just 4 or 5 different beers were on, some taps with same beers and some were empty. Beer was solid. Some of the patrons look like they have seen better days too. Had some of that Thai food and it was good. Worth stopping for the building.“
Iznogud 338 days ago
66 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“Capped off a visit to the excellent Home of Metal Black Sabbath exhibition at Birmingham museum and art gallery with a visit to Sabbath's old stomping ground Aston, and this pub in particular, where Ozzy was known to frequent from time to time in the early days. It's clearly a great example of a grand old Victorian pub, covered from head to toe in ornate features, lots of window etchings, an elaborate staircase and some extremely rare 'snob screens' along one side of the bar, in fact I can't recall ever seeing them still in use before. Its 120 years are starting to show visually, and it's had a rough old time in recent years, being looted and almost burning down during the nationwide riots in 2011, but it's held firm and now seems to be popular with locals and match-day regulars. Beer focus is of course on Oakham, with around 4 cask, one keg, plus a couple of keg guests from Sadlers and Krombacher. Lots of single elderly chaps dotted about quietly reading the paper with a pint. Serves thai food, with a back room reserved for dining, indeed it seems to be run and staffed by a Thai family, though we didn't eat this time. Worth a visit for the interior and overall feel of a historic Brummie pub, but not a beer destination. “
minutemat 468 days ago
82 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“This gem of a pub, in a less than salubrious part of Birmingham is a real find. The Oakham beers were well kept and supplemented by a couple of guest ales. All the Victorian features are much in evidence, the staircase being particularly noteworthy. I hope it survives in years to come.“
Beermenace 691 days ago
80 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“Large pub with a great atmosphere, it was rocking on the Saturday afternoon I visited, some real characters wrre present. Cask & keg beers served, a pretty decent choice“
Cheeseboard 920 days ago
26 /100
Drinks Emporium (Beer Store)
217 ASTON RD, BIRMINGHAM
“Walked across the city to check this out - they no longer sell beer!“
Bacterial 963 days ago
90 /100 144 HIGH STREET


I visited The Barton Arms on Monday 4th January 2016. This was my first ever venture out here to this place, however it won’t be my last. The Barton Arms is a short journey out from the centre, I caught the No:51 Walsall bound bus at the top of Corporation St, (Law Courts stop CS2 I think?) it was only 6 stops from there to the stop directly opposite the pub.

Wow just big, big wow is all I can say about this pub on the inside. This has got to be up there with the very best pub interiors in the country and no mistake, for those that like glazed tiles (I do) this is fabulous. You enter via the central door (though I can see two further corner doors in the bar area), from the central door off to your left is the Thai restaurant and to the right is the bar, mind the couple of steps down whilst you walk jaw agape. Etched glass windows, snob screens and a fabulous staircase add to the picture. Much of the tiling in the bar area is a little more restrained with cream and yellow tiles off-set to a diagonally laid pattern. The entrance is a far more grand affair with red and green tiles, borders and I could go on but it’s just fab.

Being an Oakham pub the beer choice is worthy of such a grand establishment with six of their beers on tap including Inferno, JHB, Bishops Farewell, Citra, Green Devil, Dead Man’s Trousers. Guest beers incl; Wild Brett Brett IPA, Dark Star Hophead and Revelation and Salopian Lemon Dream. Prices from £2.80 for a pint of Inferno with three more at £3.20 or under and Green Devil at just £4.00 a pop!

What a great place, an amazing interior, great beers, great prices, friendly staff who were only too happy to tell you about the place, it ticks all the boxes, though some might argue being a little way from the centre is a negative, I would argue that this position ensures that it is a treasure that you need to discover and that is unlikely to be overrun by the hoardes.“
Fin 1792 days ago
82 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“Not been here for a while so hopped on the bus out to Aston (33 or 51) and visited this grand old pub. Beat the Villa and Everton fans in so the place was quiet when we arrived but got busier. Bonus of a mini beer festival that had additional new Oakham offerings plus a few others. Good range of Oakham beers on the bar. Food served from 5.30 and had finished by 6 with starter and main course. More time to head back to town for more beer rating action. Nice place and worth the effort.“
WingmanWillis 2036 days ago
82 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“If you’re into pubs, especially historic pubs this is a must see place. Absolutely beautiful victorian pub restored to it’s former glory. Beer are from oakham so you have some decent stuff on tap all the time. If in Birmingham this is a must visit place.“
Jimmythespoon 2133 days ago
80 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“Fantastic resplendently tiled suburban pub. plush carpets, wooden floors, mosaics, shiny stuff, well worth a look in just for that. In addition 5/6 oakham bers and 4 guest casks plus 4 keg beers to be getting on with. Very busy with football fans but barmanager still found time to chat a bit. Fantastic excellent value thai food. 20p off/pint for CAMRA members. All in all a great pub, shame they’d run out of Green Devil! Beers sampled this visit: northern monk cossack brown, kernel mosaic, amarillo citra, minotaur mild“
Beersiveknown 2135 days ago
74 /100
Drinks Emporium (Beer Store)
217 ASTON RD, BIRMINGHAM
“This is newly opened shop specialising in fine wines and champagne. The owner who is a Canadian International Wine judge is very helpful and keen to understand the beer scene. When I visited there was a small but interesting range of beers including some from New Zealand which I hadn’t seen before plus several London craft breweries. Parking is easy, outside the door although you will have to navigate Birminghams one way system which is not easy. There is alternative free on street parking around the corner.“
johndoughty 2172 days ago
78 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“A beautifully restored Victorian pub located in Aston, about 2 miles from the city centre - number 7 bus, the Barton Arms is presently owned (leased?) by Oakham. The decor is full of civic splendour, tiles, glass, wood and the pub is separated into a couple of different rooms. Oakham beers on tap, supplemented by guests. Food is good quality Tai, I ate here once before an England game at Villa Park (about a 20 or so minute walk away). Ticking wise not a go to destination but for a glimpse into pubs of yesteryear well worth the trip from Birmingham City centre - allied to the fact you will get tasty Oakham hop juice on tap!“
Theydon_Bois 2178 days ago
92 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“An absolute top-notch pub in Aston. Wow. Unspoiled Victoriana inside, opulent yet tasteful. An Oakham pub so you know the beers will be quality. Guest beers included Gloucester and Fixed Wheel (cask) with Tyne Bank, Burning Sky and Toccalmatto (keg). Small but very well-considered bottle selection. Thai food if you’re hungry. Almost perfect.“
jjsint 2198 days ago
94 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“An update to my earlier rating from 11th Nov 2012 - visited again in July 2014, and the beer range has improved further under the new manager - a craft keg guest font has been introduced, on this visit it had a saison (Man On The ’Oss) from new Wolverhampton brewery Sacre Brew (which has an American brewster). Oakham Green Devil IPA is also on permanent keg. Guest cask also appears alongside the Oakham range. Thai food, ambience, decor and warm welcome are all the same high quality as ever.“
tania_nexust 2304 days ago
66 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“An amazingly beautiful pub, in particular the interior , wish is amazing. Good range of Oakham ales, and a couple of guests. Restaurant area serves great Thai food, which you can also eat in the bar.“
Mjp12 2373 days ago
72 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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 didn’t feel as authentic as expected. Was there for lunch and thought food was reasonably good. Unless there is a big turn over of beers can’t imagine rushing back but certainly a must for overseas visitors.“
TimE 2672 days ago
74 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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.“
SarkyNorthener 2715 days ago
88 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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. Recently has the addition of Keg and the new manager is really enthusiastic about bringing more interesting beers along with tap takeovers.“
RichTheVillan 2759 days ago
60 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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.“
mcberko 2773 days ago
82 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“Ignore the location! The pub has the full range of Oakham Ales and an excellent Thai menu“
Clembo1957 2791 days ago
80 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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.“
sic1314 3012 days ago
74 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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.“
deanso 3148 days ago
76 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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. “
BlackHaddock 3169 days ago
88 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“My wife and I visit this pub regularly. The Australian managers are charming. The beer list is exceptional, including Belgian beers and Trois Monts from France. The Oakham Ales are also good, and they have beer festivals twice a year or more. Authentic Thai food is lovely, and one of my friends thought his Thom Kha Gai was as good as he got it in Thailand. This place ticks all the right boxes. A pity it is in such a horrible area.“
Idler 4716 days ago
34 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“The reason this beautiful Victorian pub hasnt had a rating for 17 months is that it has very sadly really gone downhill. When I last went a few months ago in the Spring of 2005 it was such disappointment compared to the way it was just after the opening. Most of the taps were turned round so very little choice, the beer was not in good condition and the punters were the sort of people who couldn’t care less what they drank and just fell in the place off the street.“
Jan 5589 days ago
88 /100 144 HIGH STREET
“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 it’s 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 it’s already second only to the Anchor in my book. The landlord is great, and the building is worth seeing in it’s own right. A must see on any visit to Birmingham.“
DanielBrown 6094 days ago
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