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The Malt Shovel, at Barston

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Barston Lane, Barston | Solihull, West Midlands, Solihull B92 0JP, England (Formerly Malt Shovel at Barston)
+44 (0)1675 443223
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Today
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 171
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great fish

Been here a little while ago, and were recently passing through the area, so decided to go back. I agree with some of the reviews regarding the number of tables that the owners have packed in, and the service can get stretched at times. But they seem to be able to offer consistently top class... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
SteveCo2
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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312 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Been here a little while ago, and were recently passing through the area, so decided to go back. I agree with some of the reviews regarding the number of tables that the owners have packed in, and the service can get stretched at times. But they seem to be able to offer consistently top class, very fresh fish. The whole... More 

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Solihull
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Interesting menu, good food well cooked and nicely presented. But too many tables in the bar area. Seated in the main corridor the floor shook every time the staff walked past. Take out a couple of tables and give the diners a more pleasant experience.

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Birmingham
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We've been visiting the Malt Shovel for years and I always hve a great experience. We can be spoilt for choice in this area for good food - Orange Tree, The Farm, The Crabmill - but I always look forward to dining at the Malt Shovel because you're guaranteed a high quality meal. The menu is varied and the specials... More 

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Having booked a table for 8.30pm we had to wait nearly an hour before we were sat down. We had a table in the restaurant which is a small out building a little way away from the main pub itself, as private as it was it lacked any sort of atmosphere and was very very dark too. On the plus... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I visited The Malt Shovel with friends for the first time in a while on Friday night and it was as excellent as ever. Staff are friendly and helpful, the food is lovely and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I regularly recommend The Malt Shovel and will certainly continue to do so. Brilliant.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Was disgusted with the time delay between ordering and presentation of the starter. An even longer wait to the main course

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Amazing food in a pretty country gastropub. The staff were phenomenal, nothing was too much trouble. After our dinner they even served us coffee on the patio area of their stunning gardens. Setting the table with candles and cushions on the chairs. Admittedly it was a quieter weeknight as weekends are generally much busier. Definitely worth a visit if you... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We dined here for Sunday lunch - this was our third visit to the Malt Shovel (having previously visited for Christmas Day lunch and a Saturday evening meal) and we've always enjoyed excellent food. This visit was no different - our four Sunday lunches (three beef, one pork) were delicious and of generous quantity. The desserts that followed (crepe Suzette,... More 

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Solihull
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Outstandingly good food. Great menu. Something for everyone. Superb, attentive , fast , table service. Rapidly delivered food. Great, quiet, ambiance. One of the best evening meals Ive had in years and I have had a few..... World class. Well done All at the Malt Shovel !

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I drove 40 minutes in the pitch black dark to get to this pub and i'm glad, after one failed attempt due to chronic traffic, I finally made it! The Malt Shovel has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and as soon as you walk in you feel at home. You also notice the quality of the food coming out of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Barston Lane, Barston | Solihull, West Midlands, Solihull B92 0JP, England (Formerly Malt Shovel at Barston)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Solihull
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1675 443223

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 67 - 67
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?