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 íOss) 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.
jjsint (568) Cambridge, England | November 24, 2014| Updated December 16, 2014
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 youíre hungry. Almost perfect.
Fin (1110) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 4, 2016
I visited The Barton Arms on Monday 4th January 2016. This was my first ever venture out here to this place, however it wonít 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 itís 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 Manís 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.
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.
DanielBrown (329) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | March 25, 2004| Updated July 20, 2012
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.
Idler (2) Wolverhampton, England | January 2, 2008
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.
If youíre into pubs, especially historic pubs this is a must see place. Absolutely beautiful victorian pub restored to itís 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.
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.
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 theyíd run out of Green Devil!
Beers sampled this visit: northern monk cossack brown, kernel mosaic, amarillo citra, minotaur mild