Pretty village near Coventry with two amazing pubs is one of UK's most desirable places

Barston in Solihull has been named one of the most desirable villages to live in
-Credit: (Image: Nick Wilkinson/BirminghamLive)


Village life is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city - there are winding country roads, traditional pubs, beautiful scenery and above all, peace to enjoy. And one village near Coventry has been named among the UK's 30 most desirable places to live in the UK.

The Mirror reports that property experts across the UK spoke to the Mail about the country's most desirable villages. They named the likes of Ombersley, Worcestershire, Bishopthorpe and Chipping Norton - and one village just a 25 minute drive from Cov.

Barston is close to Solihull and halfway between Balsall Common and Hampton-in-Arden. Bordering the River Blythe, it offers a taste of the rural life.

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Barston has several historic buildings like the Church of St Swithin, dating back to 1721. It had fewer than 600 people in the previous census, with an average home price of £1,077,850 in the last 12 months, according to Rightmove.

The village also has two award-winning cosy local pubs - The Malt Shovel and The Bulls Head, with its "close-knit community" central to the Barston's charm. In terms of public transport, it is non-existent but a neglected bus stop still exists at the end of Barston on Oaks Lane. The stop was left over from an old-school service in the 70s and 80s, with an old-fashioned red phone box located next to it.

The main Barston Lane road has many huge houses, some with private entries to their driveways. There's also a village hall and church, but there's no local supermarket so you may have to venture further afield for that. However, the two pubs provide a sense of community to the village, offering classic pub food and refreshing pints.

The Bulls Head is a family-friendly establishment where you can either sit in the comfortable dining room, enjoy a craft ale in the bar or relax in the outdoor beer garden. The menu includes traditional meals including fish and chips, sausage and mash, scampi and chips and Sunday roasts.

The Bulls Head pub in Barston
The Bulls Head pub in Barston -Credit:Nick Wilkinson/BirminghamLive

On the other hand, The Malt Shovel is a quirky country pub where the restaurant is within a converted bar for customers to enjoy meals, often described as "charming and characterful". The pub also has an outside terrace, a bar, and a secret garden where diners can soak up the sun in the summer months.

The Telegraph previously described Barston as 'feeling rural' and having 'good transport links': "Bordered by the River Blythe, Barston feels rural yet it has quick access to transport networks. It’s a five-minute drive to the M42, and the train to Birmingham runs from the neighbouring village of Knowle. An HS2 interchange station is being built to the north of Barston to provide Solihull, Birmingham Airport, and the NEC with a fast service to London."

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