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The Malt Shovel at Barston

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

The Malt Shovel is an airy, well designed free house with modern soft furnishings and interesting artefacts. An early 20th-century, stylishly converted mill building, it sits comfortably in the countryside outside Solihull. Natural wood and pastel colours characterise the interiors and flowers decorate the unclothed tables in the tiled dining area. The bar is cosy and relaxed with winter log fires, and there’s an attractive garden for outdoor dining; at weekends, the restaurant in the adjacent converted barn is opened. The extensive choice of modern British dishes makes the best of fresh seasonal ingredients, and, predictably, the daily fish specials board is popular with lovers of seafood – perhaps tempura soft shell crab, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy and satay sauce; or line-caught mackerel, free-range slow roast pork belly and buttered Savoy cabbage. A look through the imaginative menu finds starters such as chicken and chorizo patties with guacamole, tortilla chips and sour cream; or wild pigeon breast, pear and vanilla purée, balsamic shallot and pine nuts. Main course dishes are just as appetising: there could be Jamaican spiced slow roast lamb, sweet potato, mango and ginger beer shot; salmon fishcakes, spinach, free-range poached eggs and tarragon hollandaise; and open camembert Wellington, fire-roasted peppers, artichoke hearts and courgettes. As for desserts, you could easily be tempted by salted caramel chocolate torte with caramel sauce; or gooseberry bread and butter pudding. A board of English and European cheeses with grapes, celery, red onion chutney and artisan crackers will fill any remaining corners.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-4
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Sat 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: St Austell Tribute, M&B Brew XI, Sharp's Doom Bar, Black Sheep

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M42 junct 5, A4141 towards Knowle. Left into Jacobean Ln, right at T-junct (Hampton Ln). Left into Barston Ln, 0.5m

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