The Barton Arms is a pub I pass every time I go into town. I’ve always been interested in it – it’s an absolutely beautiful building. It was built in 1901 and has some of the most beautiful tiles – several of which are claret and blue and have held the myth that the colours for Aston Villa were picked from the tiles in this pub (although it is more likely to be the other way round).
Now if you think the outside is beautiful…the inside is magnificent in comparison. It is full of original and charming features, and those that have had to have been replaced have been restored beautifully – it’s difficult to know what is and is not original in this pub. I love this pub, it reminds my very much of 1912 and it just reminds me of as chic Parisian cafe you’d find on the Titanic. Total elegance. I have been a couple of times and sit underneath the beautiful stained glass window built into the wall (not it’s original place, it originally sat on the wall on the right which is out of shot of the photo).
Now, I’m going to have to be honest – the location of the pub is far from ideal. It is a bit of an area which is renowned for being rough and even dangerous. It is something that put me off going for a long time. Me and my Mum finally decided to give it a try, because we always read good reviews about it in the paper. We went once and we’ve gone back several times since. The food is simply wonderful. I really enjoy it. It’s so fresh and tasty. Below is some pictures from our latest trip to the pub last week.
Vegetarian sharing platter for two.
Tofu Pad Thai in front, with noodles and Crispy Shredded Beef in the back.
If you’ve not been before, you absolutely have to give it a go. If you want to make a really good evening out of it, I recommend going to the Taste and Tour evening, which you can find on their website. It usually takes place the first Monday on the month – but has been so popular that it has been run twice a month. For £19.95, you get a talk, tour and a two course meal (excluding drinks). Another option is to go on a Tuesday as it’s two courses for £10.