The Present Day
Since the early days much has changed. The Hippodrome is long gone and Aston underwent large-scale redevelopment in the 1960’s, leaving the Bartons something of a lone testament to the past as all embraced the new wave architecture. It being granted a grade 2* listed heritage building status in 1976, one of the few pubs in the country to be so highly rated, did at least preserve it for the nation. Its vicissitudes of fortune included threats of demolition, poor maintenance, dwindling trade and finally closures. Like a sleeping beauty behind a forest of thorns, the Bartons faded from view and memory.
Resurrection, The Present day
Purchased in 2002 by Oakham Ales, revelling in the challenge of its uniqueness and spotting the opportunity and timing to resurrect one of the greatest pubs in the country. A team of tradesmen, craftsmen and cleaners, owners, management and staff have returned the Bartons to its former greatness.
Oakham lead the field in contemporary tastes of real ales, and the Bartons now boasts at last a package of their award winning beers, guest ales from across the country, a wide range of imported bottled beers, and of course, one of the fastest growing cuisine styles, Thai food from an extensive menu prepared by real Thai chefs. Now, as Birmingham promotes itself as one of Europe’s finest Cities, it is a ‘must go’ for the diner, drinker, pub-lover and 20 million plus business and tourist visitors to Birmingham. Sample for yourselves why this historic venue features in Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2013 and Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs as well as recently receiving Trip Advisor 2013 Certificate Of Excellence.