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Review: The Barnt Green Inn Pub & Restaurant undergoes major makeover

Bromsgrove Editorial 23rd Feb, 2020 Updated: 23rd Feb, 2020   0

WHEN I first heard the Barnt Green Inn pub was undergoing a major makeover I couldn’t understand why, writes Harry Leach.

Not because I thought the significant investment wouldn’t be spent wisely but because, for me, this was a pub which already stood out from the crowd.

It was archaic, chic and original.

Atmospheric, cosy and traditional.




It felt like a shining example of what English pubs should be, so why change it?

Why mess with a winning formula and attempt to improve something that doesn’t need improving?


Well, I was wrong. So very wrong. And I’m glad.

The popular eatery has transformed into a simply stunning modern venue which has also, quite remarkably, retained its old-fashioned, snug country pub-feel.

Old furniture has made way for brand new decor including velvet drapes, satin brass, curved seating and comfy sofas.

It feels more spacious somehow and as it comes crashing into the 2020s – definitely more ‘Instagramable’.

The beer garden has been upgraded and will hopefully appeal to a wider demographic in a village which isn’t exactly known for being affordable for young people.

It looks terrific at night, complete with fairy lights, and I suspect it will look even better on a hot summer’s day with the sun beating down.

THE MENU

When I sat down in the private dining area to eat with my partner and our two friends, one of whom is vegan, we were pleasantly surprised by the menu’s offerings.

The meat eaters among us tried the oysters, sirloin steaks and scallops which all impressed greatly.

For dessert we indulged in both the chocolate brownie and the hazelnut chocolate bomb which were rich and filling.

The vegan menu had much to offer and I was told that the nourish bowl was tasty.

We also enjoyed two bottles of Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon reds which were powerful and intense and yet, smooth.

Staff were incredibly friendly in between meals and their knowledge was impressive, making our fine dining experience that little bit more personal.

On the way out we tried a few of the pub’s handpicked award-winning craft beers from the Thornbridge range.

But there was also Peroni, Nastro, Azzuro and Corona, as well as a large selection of ciders and ales on draft which were all reasonably priced.

Overall it was a great experience and if you don’t mind spending that little bit more, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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