Review on The Bartons Arms

A palatial Birmingham landmark and one of the most spectacular examples of grandiose pub architecture in the land, the Bartons Arms was built in 1901 and for years had a strong association with the Aston Hippodrome (once the Midlands' prime variety venue). In its hey-day the pub was surrounded by Victorian terraces and barrel-stillaging areas; times have changed, but it still boasts many fine features notably its neo-Jacobean clock tower, stained glass windows, decorative fireplaces, snob screens and fabulous wall-to-wall Minton Hollins tiles.

Following a period in the doldrums, it was bought by Oakham Ales in 2002 and is now enjoying a real renaissance. Given the staunchly English setting, it may come as a surprise to find that Thai food is now the order of the day for anyone who wants to eat. One-dish meals are just the ticket at lunchtime, and the full 60-dish menu covers all the bases from soups, salads and stir-fries to curries and noodles. To finish try the deep-fried tempura ice cream in pastry with blueberry syrup. There are Oakham real ales and guest brews on tap, plus a mind-blowing line-up of bottled beers from around the globe and a decent choice of wines.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.30pm (9.30pm Sun)

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Facilities at The Bartons Arms

  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly


The Bartons Arms
144 High Street
West Midlands
B6 4UP

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