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 risotto; or line-caught mackerel, free-range slow roast pork belly and buttered Savoy cabbage. 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.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–5
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–9.30
Food and drink
Real ales available: Sharp's Doom Bar, Black Sheep, Hook Norton Hooky Bitter
Credit cards accepted
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
M42 junction 5, A4141 towards Knowle. Left into Jacobean Lane, right at T-junction (Hampton Lane). Left into Barston Lane, 0.5 miles.