A charming countryside pub in Solihull.

Open 7 days a week for food and drinks.

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About us

The Malt Shovel is a delightful independent country pub and restaurant set in the picturesque village of Barston, just outside Knowle and close to the NEC and Solihull.


Our motto ‘Great food - Great service’ is at the heart of what we do. Our Menu focuses around both tradition & modern British cuisine with a nod to the Mediterranean, inspired by the best seasonal produce. We are particularly renowned for our Daily Fish Specials and amazing Sunday Lunch.

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Bar and outside terrace

Our Bar is a warm and welcoming place to enjoy a drink or meal with a roaring log fire and cosy ambience, whilst our outside Terrace leading onto the secluded garden, is a wonderful area to dine or just enjoy

a drink in the warmer months.

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Barn restaurant

Our separate Barn Restaurant is an additional dining area situated in a
charming converted barn which is characterful, inviting, light and airy..
The Barn is also available for private hire, and perfect for those special occasions, private functions, parties, small weddings etc. It can comfortably accommodate up to 45 seated diners or up to 100 for more informal gatherings. To enquire please email us or call on 01675 443 223.

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Google Review by Imogen

"A real hidden gem. Our favourite go-to place to eat out, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and some of the best food we have ever eaten. So consistent and delivers 10/10 on food and service every time!"

Google Review by Gill

"Had a fabulous meal and a wonderful evening at this gem of a place. The staff were great, very experienced and  attentive. Would highly recommend."

Google Review by Dave

"The food here is amazing, they definitely care about what they do and you can tell they're independent. This is the only "gastropub" I've ever been to that lived up to the name. Save room for dessert, they're too good to miss."
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