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The Malt Shovel

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$$ - $$$
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Barston Lane | Solihull, West Midlands, Solihull B92 0JP, England (Formerly Malt Shovel at Barston)
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had been recommended this restaurant by a foodie friend. Maybe it is under new management now? We certainly couldn't see any reason to recommend it. The food was bland and overcooked. It was certainly way too expensive for what it was. The ambience was unappealing and the pub rather grubby.

Thank BillNoble
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were very disappointed with just about every aspect of our experience. The pub looked very grubby from the outside, and inside was dull and uninviting. The food was bland, and looked and tasted as if it had been lying around in the kitchen for a few hours. The rolled fish was dry and over cooked. The steak pie crust... More 

Thank Bill N
clacton on sea
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

booked this on the off-chance as we had a weekend at the NEC so did not know any restaurants in the area. This restaurant about 5 miles from NEC and had a reasonably good set of reviews so chose it on behalf of my husband, son and daughter in law. We were very impressed with the building and the actual... More 

Thank gamereserveulusaba
Menlo Park, California, United States
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you get to the Malt Shovel you can smell the nature. Luckily when you get inside you smell mostly beer and good food. The pub is small but very pleasant, a real nice place to have a drink before dinner. The beer menu is modest but sufficient. The food was really good, we had anything from fish to various... More 

Thank Jari K
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As always a good menu choice with excellent cooking beautifully presented. In particular the rack of lamb was as requested,succulent,and the best I have eaten for a very long time. Robert H-A

Thank Bob H
Farnham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having to spend 4 days at the NEC for an exhibition this was a great classic British pub with excellent food & service to entertain some of our foreign visitors. Good food and not expensive

1 Thank Karribubbles
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with my Family to celebrate my Daughter's engagement, and had a wonderful time! The food was great and the staff were very helpful and friendly 😊. I would definitely go back again!!

1 Thank Simon S
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really disappointed, my mum took me and my sister here as she'd heard great things from other people. She made a reservation online and it has a box where you can make requests, she requested 'a pretty table in a corner' as she wanted us to have a nice 'girly' day. On arrival there weren't too many people... More 

Thank Emily P
Solihull, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I read the reviews and thought excellent a new place I can take customers to. I had not been for 10years so was looking forward to seeing what had changed. The decor is interesting not sure about the cushions, bit twee. Our booking had not been registered but luckily they had space. Chose just a main course of Szechuan Duck.... More 

Thank Oliver L
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great gastro pub Great ales and Kia royals Smart polite staff and quirky surroundings The best thing about this pub is the food. The quality is second to none and the portion sizes are generous that coupled with a good selection of great value wines this place is a must for foodies

1 Thank Highlandsaf

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$67 - $67
Seafood, British, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barston Lane | Solihull, West Midlands, Solihull B92 0JP, England (Formerly Malt Shovel at Barston)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Solihull
  • Phone Number: 441675443223

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?