Oswestry pub The Bailey Head, which celebrates its second birthday this week, has been named by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) as a finalist for the award of UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Bar or Pub – Rural. This follows on from a number of other awards in the past year for the husband and wife run Freehouse.
Landlady Grace Goodlad, who will be attending the awards ceremony in Liverpool next week, said: “We have been delighted with the reception we have had from regulars and other local people to our endeavour to bring something different to Oswestry, but to make it to the final four nationally for this prestigious award has shocked us.”
The Bailey Head sells over 400 different cask and 70 other draught beers on tap in a year, mainly from small microbreweries. In addition it has a large range of craft beer in bottles and cans to drink in or takeaway, as well as a range of over 70 craft gins.
Other awards The Bailey Head has won in the last year are: Shrewsbury & West Shropshire CAMRA Market Towns Pub of the Year, Shrewsbury & West Shropshire CAMRA Overall Pub of the Year Runner Up, Dogbuddy Best Dog-friendly Pub in the West Midlands, Club Soda 5 Star Award for Soft Drinks Range, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Oakham Brewery Oakademy of Excellence 75 award for being one of the biggest seller of Oakham Beers in the UK.