Review on The Malt Shovel at Barston

Surrounded by fields and open countryside not far from Solihull and the M42, the Malt Shovel occupies the shell of an old mill – although the neat, cream-painted building now promotes itself as a 'country pub and restaurant with a difference'.

The original building houses an opened-out bar complete with bare floors, green paintwork and a blazing fire at one end of the long room, while the main restaurant occupies a converted barn; there's also a pretty garden for summertime al fresco meals. Similar food is available wherever you choose to eat.

Seasonal and local produce are the building blocks for the kitchen's activities, and the menu is topped up with a blackboard of fish specials. You might begin with red onion and goats' cheese tart with Roma tomato chutney or Moroccan spiced pork on citrus couscous, ahead of salmon fishcakes on wilted spinach with a poached free-range egg or slow-braised shoulder of lamb with parsnip rösti and 'pappardelle' of leeks. To finish, try heather honey cheesecake with Merlot-marinated strawberries or mimosa crème caramel with passion fruit.

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Gastro pub / Modern European


Max Murphy

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 – 2.30pm Mon-Sat (4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 – 9.30pm Mon-Sat

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Malt Shovel at Barston

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


The Malt Shovel at Barston
Barston Lane
West Midlands
B92 0JP

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