1. 28.05.15New Taste and Tour of The Bartons Arms

    ‘Flabbergasted’ may be the right description

    ‘I was flabbergasted by the sheer size of the basement. It’s nothing like what I imagined a pub cellar would be.’ said Jonathan after his trip down The Bartons Arms’ working cellar, which forms part of the new Taste and Tour of The Bartons Arms.  Even for someone like Jonathan who frequents the venue regularly was amazed when he climbed down a flight of stairs to the rarely seen cellar.

    The Bartons Arms is one of the most beautiful pubs in the country.  Now you will have the chance to take a tour of this famous old pub and marvel at its Victorian tiles, its magnificent wrought iron staircase and splendid snob screens. Take a journey down to its unique cellar and discover the ingenuity of the Victorians.

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    There will also be a light-hearted talk and slide show, charting the pub’s amazing history and its links to the Aston Hippodrome and Laurel & Hardy. Find out if Laurel & Hardy really did stay there. And were the Bartons’ tiles really the inspiration behind Aston Villa’s famous claret and blue colours? The talk and tour will be hosted by local author, John Ullah, who was born just a mile from The Bartons Arms.

    The evening will finish with a delicious 2-course Thai meal, served in what is probably the most beautiful restaurant in the UK.

    All this for only £19.95 per person. Why not come along and discover the Bartons for yourself?

    The Taste and Tour evenings are on Monday and begin at 7:00pm.  The dates for 2015 are:

    11th May
    8th June
    6th July
    3rd August
    7th September
    5th October
    2nd November
    7th December

    To reserve a place on the tour, please call The Bartons Arms on 0121 333 5988 or email Taste and Tour of The Bartons Arms.

  2. 18.02.15Green Devil wins Gold Medal at International Brewing Awards 2015

    Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA has been awarded the Gold Medal in its category in this bi-annual competition after a three-day judging session at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent.  The beer was named Champion Cask Ale at The International Brewing Awards 2013.

    A panel of 43 judges assessed close to 1,000 beers and ciders submitted from 50 countries. The medal winners came from 23 different countries and a broad spectrum of producers from regional micro-brewers to multi-national companies.

    Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales commented: “To be awarded the Gold Medal in the category after winning Champion Cask Ale for Green Devil IPA last time the competition was held, in 2013, is praise indeed, especially as we are competing internationally.”

    Chair of judges Bill Taylor said, “The standard of entries this year was again extremely high and our judging panel put in long hours tasting and debating the merits of the beers and ciders, to arrive at a consensus on the medal winners.  Brewers and cider makers who entered this competition can be confident that their product received quality consideration from our judges.”

    The multi-award winning Green Devil IPA has an A.B.V of 6%.  It has a fantastic hop harvest aroma with tropical fruit bursting through.  Starting with smooth and fruity passion fruit, pineapple and mango the beer later develops into lemon, limes and a citrusy bitterness.  Green Devil IPA finishes with a crisp refreshing dry aftertaste.

    The Awards are unique in requiring that all judges are currently working as brewers or cider makers. Oakham Ales will now  attend the Awards luncheon at London Guildhall on the 29th April 2015 to learn which beer will be named overall champion.


  3. 09.01.15Opportunist

    The New Year is now underway and all thoughts of the festive season are long gone. The New Year will kick off in style this week as we receive the first Oakademy of Excellence brew from Oakham Ales. We are as always just a little excited to be sampling yet another new monthly offering from our Brewer’s. This month’s brew is called The Opportunist and comes in at 4.1%abv, a rich and smooth oatmeal stout, with a complex malt aroma and a balanced hop flavour; a full mouth-feel rounds this off and we are confident that this will be an ideal winter warmer. The Opportunist will be available from Thursday and we are very much looking forward to sampling it, the first of many good brews this year.

  4. 22.12.14Christmas & New Year opening hours

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    The Bartons Arms will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    On 1st January 2015, our restaurant will be closed but our bar will be open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.  Both restaurant and bar will be open with normal opening hours from 2nd January 2015.

    We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  5. 24.04.13Bartons Arms Recognised in New CAMRA Publication

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    Birmingham’s finest Victorian pub, The Bartons Arms, has been recognised by CAMRA andincluded in their new publication “Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs” by Author Geoff Brandwood, as one of 270 pubs in the UK with interiors of real historicsignificance. The publication is for the first time collating details on these historic pubs in one single volume with high quality photography. The guide has extensive listings and is the product of many years of research by CAMRA volunteers who are dedicated topreserving and protecting our rich pub heritage.
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  6. 23.11.12Highly Successful Brewer Oakham Ales Continues to Expand Team

    oakhamales_newOakham Ales, the acclaimed innovative ale brewery based in the East Midlands, has re-structured and expanded its head office team which now stands at twenty-seven people. The changes have been made in the wake of several high profile awards for its distinctively hoppy ales and the continued growth in volume of its cask and bottled beer ranges both nationally and internationally.
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  7. 05.11.12Oakham Ales Brew ‘Return of the Vikings’ to welcome the Royal Anglian Regiment

    Local Peterborough brewer, Oakham Ales, has brewed a special beer – ‘Return of the Vikings’ – to mark the home coming of the Royal Anglian Regiment, who are also known as the Vikings. The returning soldiers will be handing in their weapons at Peterborough Town Hall on the afternoon of Friday 9th November. Oakham Ales has invited the regiment for a free pint of ‘Return of the Vikings’ beer at Charters, the popular riverside bar from 1.45pm.

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  8. 01.10.12Hertfordshire Loves Oakham Ales

    st albans dream catcher presentationLocal Peterborough brewer, Oakham Ales is celebrating. Its Dreamcatcher ale has been voted Beer of the Festival at the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) St Albans Beer Festival for the second year running. The Brewery has won the top prize at this festival for three of the last four years. Oakham’s Attila won the top accolade in 2009.

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  9. 17.08.12The Oaka Group Launches Tasty New Menu at The Bartons Arms

    The ever-popular Bartons Arms in Aston, Birmingham, has launched a new Pan Asian fresh and healthy menu. It includes a wide range of Thai dishes that perfectly complements the award-winning beers crafted by its sister company, Oakham Ales, as well as offering customers a fabulous selection of wines from around the world.

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  10. 19.07.12Another Accolade for Oakham’s Green Devil IPA at the Cheltenham Beer Festival

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    Another Accolade for Oakham’s Green Devil IPA at the Cheltenham Beer Festival

    Peterborough based brewery – Oakham Ales – award-winning Green Devil IPA (6.0% A.B.V.), has recently won another accolade. Earlier this year it was crowned SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Supreme Champion Beer for 2012, and was recently selected ‘Beer of the Festival’ out of fifty real ales from twenty-seven breweries at the seventh Cheltenham Beer Festival.

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