Freedom Authentic Lager

We have replaced our session lager with Freedom Authentic Lager 4%

Freedom Authentic is a truly English craft lager, not compromised in quality, and properly sessionable. Hops: Challenger and First Gold. Freedom Authentic has citrus a nose, and sweet malt and toasted cereal aromas. It’s well-balanced, with a bitter finish. Full-bodied, light and refreshing.

It is £3.00 a pint, but we have a loyalty card for the launch. Buy 6 pints, get 1 free.

At the same time we have had to increase the price of Krombacher to £3.30 to reflect the increase in our purchase price. But we think it is still a bargain for such a quality pilsner.

The two together at 4% and 4.8% offer an excellent choice of lagers, both produced with natural ingredients and both suitable for vegans.

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New Eagle Door Knocker

Our front door is usually propped open during opening hours, so many of you may not notice that over the last few days Grace’s father has been working on it and repainted it. The door knocker was one thing that was broken. When buying a new one we obviously needed a good solid brass knocker as befits the building. We chose a knocker that is a hat tip to the pubs longest serving name, Eagles, and have fitted a really nice brass eagle. We hope people like it.

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New cycle rack for customers

We get a number of customers who arrive on bicycles. The problem is they either have to prop their bikes against the outside tables, attempt to chain them to the front door hand rail or find somewhere to prop them. This has been far from ideal. So this morning we have fitted a rack for three bikes, the biggest we could fit in to the space available. We hope this is found useful by cyclists using The Bailey Head. Usual disclaimers apply, it is for customer use  and we accept no responsibility for bikes left in the rack.

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Derwen College Pickle and Chutnies

From when we first started we have always said that we wanted to be community focused. Up to now most of our pickles and chutnies have been supermarket sourced. We have wanted to change that. We are delighted that from today we will be using Piccalilli, Rhubarb & Date Chutney and Spiced Apple Chutney produced by students at Derwen College Food Centre.

We are really delighted to be able to do this, after Derwen College provided our hanging baskets.

Derwen College’s chutneys are award winning and we tasted a number of samples before deciding on which combinations work best with our food.

Our mustard will still be the same, and as the college can’t produce pickled onions in the quantities we need so will they.

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A sharing Cheeseboard with Derwen College Piccalilli and Spiced Apple Chutney

Merywen Gin

MerywenIt’s just two days since we launched our Gin Menu, and we are excited by our new addition.

Delivered to us tonight by the distiller Matt Rowland himself.

From the smallest Welsh distillery. Hand-crafted in small batches. Merywen is the welsh word for juniper berries, the principle flavour of gin which can be found growing wild in protected areas of North Wales. Botanicals including eithin (gorse) and grug (heather) are hand-picked from the blossoming hedgerows that surround the rural distillery, combined and distilled with pure grain spirit and local unfiltered water from the foothills of the Welsh mountains. Nothing is used that cannot be found locally.

Read more about it on the North Star Distillery website.

Our new, exciting, and growing Gin Menu

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We have a new, exciting, and growing gin menu. Enjoy a refreshing G&T, always served with Fever Tree Tonic. With a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber.

For updates to the list go to our Gin Menu

Speciality Gins (all £2.50 for 25ml):

Juniper Green Organic (Gluten free, vegan)
Dry, Aromatic, Zestful and Organic. We have sourced the natural botanicals grown under the demanding requirements of the Soil Association. They are then distilled in traditional Gin stills in the heart of London. 100% Organic Grain Spirit completes our Recipe to produce the world’s first Organic London Dry Gin

Blackwoods 2012 Vintage Dry
Inspired by the beautiful nature of Shetland, we wait each year for the right weather conditions to harvest our botanicals. With each vintage the botanicals used change slightly due to the quality and quantity available. Our Shetland botanicals are infused with juniper and coriander, plus other botanicals including lime, to give our dry gin its unique and complex flavour. We steep the botanicals in natural mineral water to release their gentle flavours before we go on to distillation in small batches using a traditional copper still. Tasting note: An abundance of citrus on the nose with gentle floral notes to follow. Extremely smooth yet crisp with citrus, herbal and floral notes coming through on the palate.

Whitley Neill Small Batch (Batch No 11)
A London Dry Gin made with African botanicals including extracts from the Baobab Tree (known as the Tree of Life) and Physalis fruit. It’s made in a one-hundred-year-old copper pot still!

Tanqueray Export Strength
Export strength London dry gin made from premium botanicals and distilled four times for a distinctive, crisp taste. The traditional connoisseur’s all-time fave, boasting a higher percentage of juniper than any other gin. This magnificent old-style gin is still the benchmark.

Gordon’s Elderflower
Refreshing Gordon’s London Dry gin is combined with the delicate taste of elderflower for a delicious twist on a great British classic.

Gordon’s Cucumber
Refreshing Gordon’s London Dry gin is combined with the delicate taste of cucumber to deliver a refreshing and invigorating flavour.

House Gin (£2.00 for 25ml, double up for an extra £1.25):

Gordon’s Special Dry London
Gordon’s London Dry gin is carefully distilled using a secret recipe. The distinctively refreshing taste comes from the finest handpicked juniper berries and a selection of other botanicals. It’s the taste that’s made Gordon’s the world’s best-selling London Dry gin.

Our new Antipasti Platter

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We have changed our antipasti platter, and are really excited by the new charcuterie! It is very tasty

We now use whole pieces, which we slice to order.

All of the meats come from Trealy Farm in Monmouthshire and Shropshire Salumi  from just outside Shrewsbury. Those of you who have tried our salumi sticks will have tried Shropshire Salumi’s meats before.

The current charcuterie range on the platter is:

Trealy Farm Monmouthshire Air-Dried Welsh Beef – ‘Bresaola/Cecina’ style – with chilli and spices
Trealy Farm Welsh Lamb and Lemon Merguez Salami
Trealy Farm Welsh Lamb Carpaccio with Rosemary
Shropshire Salumi Hunters Salami
Shropshire Salumi Salami

Accompanied by Marinated Whole Black Olives, Green Pitted Olives Stuffed with Garlic, Part Dried Tomatoes, Petits Pains

All for a steal at £5.50

Pig and Porter meet the brewer lineup announced

The provisional list of beers for the Pig and Porter Meet the Brewer and tasting night is now out. The event costs £9 per person, and includes a glass of each beer. There will be four real ales on cask and two real ales on KeyKeg.

The beers, their description and how much is included in the ticket are listed below.

Cask beers

Ashburnham Pale 3.9%, half pint included in ticket.
A classic English Pale Ale brewed with Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops late in the boil and then dry hopped with EKG’s to add a spicy finish

Skylarking Session IPA 4%, half pint included in ticket.
An ultra-pale super refreshing session IPA hopped with Ella and Galaxy. Expect hints of tropical fruit, mango, lychee and melon

Ashcan Rantings Citra 4.2%, half pint included in ticket.
Citra hopped pale ale with a good malt backbone.

Red Spider Rye 4.8%, half pint include in ticket.
A red rye ale featuring and an American clean tasting yeast to showcase the Centennial and Columbus hops. Each cask is dry hopped with both of them to enhance the aroma. A small amount of rye malt lends a spiciness to balance the beer.

Key keg beers

Dance First 4.2%, third of a pint included in ticket.
A subtly hopped dry stout brewed originally to prove a point that dark beer can be refreshing in the summer and now available all year round. Hops are Summit, Columbus and Willamette.

Born Lost 6%, third of a pint included in ticket.
Orange infused witbeir with Amarillo hops.

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New bottled beers

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We’ve got more bottled beers in stock. Covering IPA, tradition bitter and real lager as well as gluten free and vegan beer. They are:

Brew Buddies IPA04 5.1% – Unfined IPA hopped with massive American Cascade, Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops. £3.20 for a 300ml bottle. Suitable for vegans.

Westerham Bohemian Rhapsody 5.0% – Straw yellow lager (that means lagered several weeks) hopped with Czech grown Saaz or Žatec noble hops with a distinctive hop aroma and bitterness usually found in Bohemian pilsners. Brewed with the finest English lager malt and fermented with a lager yeast and then cold conditioned. Pilsners are traditionally quite bitter and this version is no different. £3.20 for a 300ml bottle. Gluten free.

Westerham British Bulldog 4.3% – A rich, full bodied best bitter in the traditional Kent style. Finest Maris Otter pale ale malt and crystal malt for colour and richness. Hopped with local Kent Northdown and Finchcocks’ Whitbread Golding Variety and finished in the Hop Rocket with Progress hops from Scotney Castle for a full flavour and aroma. £3.60 for a 500ml bottle. Gluten free.

Oakham Green Devil IPA 6.0% – Brewed with 100% USA grown Citra hops – Green Devil IPA is the ultimate expression of Oakham’s innovative and pioneering UK use of this very popular hop. It kicks off with an amazing hop harvest aroma bursting with passion fruit, pineapple and mango before developing a refreshing citrus bitterness and a crisp, dry aftertaste. £3.60 for a 500ml bottle.

These join our Wild Beer range:

All £3.00 for a 330ml bottle

Sleeping Lemons 3.6% – L’hamd Marakad, the Moroccan for preserved lemon, literally translates as
Sleeping Lemons. Wild preserved lemons in salt and lemon juice throughout last winter, ready to brew this refreshing, zesty special. Gose, is a traditional German-style sour wheat beer, usually brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback and we thought it would provide the perfect backbone to this wonderfully complex summer beer. Suitable for vegans.

Sourdough 3.6% – Loosely based on a Berliner Weisse style – a historical Sour beer style from Northern Germany, but with a Wild Beer slant to it. Using Hobbs House Bakery’s 58 year old sourdough culture and a little brettanomyces and put the beer straight into oak barrels for its primary fermentation. It has been slowly fermenting, maturing and souring for 4 months in the barrels and will continue to evolve and develop in the bottle. Suitable for vegans.

Wild Goose Chase 4.5% – The “all-day” wild beer, tart and fruity, but well-hopped and drinkable. We have been chasing this beer since we started the brewery and love this combination. Juicy, tart gooseberries and our own culture of wild yeast from local orchards give this a gentle acidity. Whilst a generous “dry-hop” of complementary hops enhance the fruitiness and give a light but moreish bitterness. Suitable for vegans.

Somerset Wild 5% – A beer with the acidity levels of a white wine or farmhouse cider, with a depth,
complexity and refreshing drinkability to it that makes it a wonderful beer to pair with food. Suitable for vegans.

Epic Saison 5% – This Farmhouse Ale is a transcontinental fusion of Belgium’s eclectic beer culture and the feisty Sorachi Ace hops of North America. Suitable for vegans.

Fresh 5.5% – pale ale, made with northern and southern hemisphere hops. Created with a passion for flavour and a lust for hops – this is a frisky, fragrant pale ale. Whilst consistency is (rightly) the benchmark of most beers, we’ve gone Wild and thrown away the rulebook on this one. Every six months Wild source some of the most interesting hops from the northern and southern hemispheres, which means two hop harvests and two excitingly different hop profiles. Suitable for vegans.

Our new hanging baskets from Derwen College

Our new hanging baskets have gone up. Many thanks to Derwen College Garden Centre for growing them for us, they look superb, but we know that as they grow more, with the plants trailing down the walls and filling out they will be stunning!

They join our new third bench and our new Oakham umbrellas in making the pub more attractive out front over the summer months.

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