Fin (1143) 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
jjsint (598) 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 you’re hungry. Almost perfect.
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.
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.
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.