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2nd July 2012

Barton Arms Earns Accreditation From TripAdvisor For Exceptional Traveller Ratings A Year After Riots

Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site which recognises the power of traveller feedback, has recognised The Barton Arms, based in High Street, Aston in Birmingham, for its exceptional ratings over the past year.  A particularly great achievement bearing in mind that only a year ago the pub was attacked during the August riots and if it wasn’t for the bravery of the managers –  very likely to have been burned to the ground.

With a rating of 4.5 the Barton Arms has earned a place amongst the very best.  Christine Petersen,  president TripAdvisor for Business comments: “This award, which is given only to the most exceptional performers in TripAdvisor’s global business community, is a significant achievement deserving of recognition from both travellers and staff.”

Jude Hanly, Operations Manager, The Oaka Group says: “The Barton Arms is celebrating its 111th Birthday this year, so this accolade from TripAdvisor is testament to the great welcome and high standards of both the Southeast Asian menu and wide range of drinks available – including Oakham Ales award-winning beers.  Thanks to the bravery of the team at The Barton Arms, it means that customers will be able to enjoy this beautiful pub, and all it has to offer, hopefully, for another one hundred and eleven years.”


The Barton Arms is famed for its long association with the Aston Hippodrome, once the Midland’s premier variety theatre, the pub was often frequented by stars such as Laurel and Hardy, Enrico Caruso, Marie Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin.   The Hippodrome has long gone and Aston has since undergone large-scale redevelopment, but the pub has kept its Victorian splendour and in 1976 was granted a grade 2 listed building status, one of the few pubs in the country to be so highly rated.


The Barton Arms is part of the Oaka Group which also includes: The Brewery Tap, Britain’s largest own-brew pub, East Restaurant and Charters Bar all based in Peterborough.  For further information on the Oaka Group visit

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Date of issue: June 2012