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Shoulder of Mutton, Barton under Needwood

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This pub is becoming, perhaps, a bit too much like a restaurant but having eaten there in the evening and had the Sunday carvery the food is very good and the service excellent. However since the new owners took over the beer is now the best kept and served in the village IMHO. The Purity Mad Goose is just about the best I have had all year. For anyone seeking a pub with a pleasant atmosphere with great eats and spot beer, currently, this place should be a no-brainer.
doctorpint - 30 Nov 2014 12:46
Tries to be a pub/restaurant but feels more like an airport catering outlet. They did have a drinkbale pint of Purity mad goose on but the place was empty apart from myself and an old 'character' at the bar.
anonymous - 25 Nov 2014 17:51
Popular village centre local with a basic bar with Sky Sports and local bands playing at weekends, and a comfortable lounge with traditional decor. Garden is small, paved and very well looked after (worth a visit alone to sit in on Summer afternoons). Recent additons to the dining area are unsympathetic to the rest of the building and are a bit incongruous. Sadly my recent visit was spoiled by a local woman loudly doing a "comedy" West Indian accent for what seemed like 10 minutes, followed by her telling all and sundry that she was unbelievably under investigation at work for being racist. Well if the cap fits. Beer was reasonably kept with two pub basics on hand pull. All in all a nice pub but I could have done without the Friday Evening BNP Rally.
villagefamily - 2 Dec 2011 11:42
The eating area has recently been expanded into the back of the lounge with new decor. Guest beers seem to be well kept and consistent. Nice pint of Bass and Marston's Pedigree.
gizmo23 - 31 Mar 2010 14:10
A relatively small pub in thr centre of Barton under Needwood. The front room (nearest the road) very cosy but some of the other rooms a bit basic. Beer - a guest beer and Marstons - good but service a bit hit and miss.

Quite extensve menu and specials, the food whilst not exotic was fresh cooked and the service was good, a little pricey.

Beer garden at the rear was really nice and in good weather it would be well worth sitting there to eat.
catador - 16 Jun 2008 13:59
Went for lunch... food was good, the ale was very good (so my other half said). The outside courtyard was pretty. It also has a childrens play area. The pub inside was a little tired but had a pleasant atmosphere. Staff were friendly.

Would recommend!
WanderingWoman - 5 May 2007 13:34
This pub looks great from the outside and is pleasant enough on the inside, although everyone seems to squeeze into each other. The decor is a bit rough much like the beer. Still, the landlady is a pleasant charm, if somewhat colourblind, and the food appears to be well-enjoyed by those who I've seen troughing through it on a Friday night.
londinieres - 9 Sep 2006 20:41
This is a very pleasant and friendly pub which serves very good food in a comfortable atmosphere. Sadly I cannot, in all honesty, recommend the beer. The Bass and Marstons are mediocre to say the least. Guest beer quality is patchy and they tend to be served too early for them to be at their best. However if you drop lucky they can be very good. You pays your money and takes your chances!
doctorpint - 26 Aug 2006 19:47
We visited this pub last week while staying nearby at Wychnor Park Timeshares. We had the best meal of the entire week, with quick service and great beer. I can heartily recommend it. All four of us chose different meals and they were all excellent.
Martyn Jones - 30 Oct 2004 21:01
My girlfriend & I go fairly regularly for a meal & a drink. The food is good & drinks reasonably priced with a good selection. We generally always book a table for early evenings (Fri or Sat). We also like the local band nights. Very friendly traditional pub, good atmosphere & unspoilt by the horrible formulaic makeovers
Keith Brown - 28 Oct 2004 16:49
I am one of the many staedy regulars through the door of this pub. Perhaps I'm biased but this is one of the friendliest pubs I have ever had the pleasure to visit. This pub with mine hosts Bob and June not only serves excellent home cooked food and good beer (with various regular guest ales)but really is the heart of the community!
Maurice Parker - 24 Apr 2003 11:33
A traditional village pub situated in the heart of the village. Always busy with a steady crowd of regulars, all of whom are very friendly; excellent home cooked restaurant quality food, superb beer. All in all a very friendly pub that makes you want to keep going back!
Jack Phillips - 16 Aug 2002 11:14

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