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The Malt Shovel at Barston

Smart, busy inn down the country lanes

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Garden
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

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 king prawn and chorizo rosotto; or line-caught mackerel, free-range slow roast pork belly and buttered Savoy cabbage. A look through the imaginative menu finds starters such as sauté Szechuan pepper beef with kinchi and pickled ginger; or lambs kidneys with bacon, field mushrooms and jus. Main course dishes are just as appetising: there could be rump of lamb served with rosemary roasted parmentier potatoes, buttered kale and redcurrant jus; salmon fishcakes, spinach, free-range poached eggs and tarragon hollandaise; and a superfood salad. As for desserts, you could easily be tempted by the lemon curd cheesecake with gin and lime glaze and a mint brandy snap; or chocolate truffles and petit fours. 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: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Saturday 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Sharp's Doom Bar, Black Sheep, Hook Norton Hooky Bitter

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs

Accessibility

  • Ramp or lift access available
  • Accessible toilets

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M42 junction 5, A4141 towards Knowle. Left into Jacobean Lane, right at T-junction (Hampton Lane). Left into Barston Lane, 0.5 miles

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