Floral Decoration Scheme

In 2015 Oswestry was presented with its 11th Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. We will be taking part, but instead of buying our hanging baskets from the Town council we have decided to get them from the Garden Centre at Derwen College, a Further Education College situated in Oswestry which provides residential further education for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. They will go up for the Spring Bank Holiday.

A couple of diary dates

It’s been a great first week and a half for Grace and Duncan… we have met some lovely people and made feel so incredibly welcome here in Oswestry. A couple of diary dates for you all…

Tuesday 22/3 we won’t be opening until 7pm due to the funeral service for Grace’s mum. Would be lovely to have some friendly faces in during the evening though!

Good Friday (25/3) we shall be supporting the Family FunDay on Bailey Head, we will have our usual lovely local food and range of ales and lagers from near and far as well as tea, coffee, juices, cordials, and minerals from Fentimans and Fevertree. We also have colouring in kits available from the bar and some groovy Easter Chocolate for all the little ones who complete colouring in their picture. Just to make sure the little ones have as much choice as the grown-ups we have Fruit Shoots available and we are more than happy to work with you to make sure you and your family enjoy your visit. We do ask that all under 18s leave the pub by 7pm as in the evening all pubs are an an adult environment.

Easter Saturday 26/3 our Pool Team are organising a knockout pool tournament. If you fancy your chances please get in touch so we can make sure you are on the list!

Drink wildly different

wildWe now have a fridge full of exciting beers from The Wild Beer Co in Somerset.
Wild Beer. Wild Yeast. Wild Hops. Wild Ingredients. Wild Ideas. Wild Ambitions.
If you fancy trying a sour beer, a saison, a geuze or something wildly different…

All £3.00 a 330ml bottle. Which isn’t cheap, but they are rather special.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Delayed and coming tomorrow we have:

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.

A great opening day

So yesterday morning, after Grace had to make a quick trip for some stitches in her hand inflicted while unwrapping a new catering knife, we opened the doors on The Bailey Head. The Mayor, Councillor Peter Cherrington put on his chains and made the short walk across the Bailey Head to cut the ribbon and declare us open. The press were there, as was Dave Roll from Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA.

You can read the Shropshire Star coverage and watch a video of the opening here.

Here are a few of the photos Dave Roll took, including one with Grace’s dad. This is tinged with sadness as Grace’s mum died just two weeks ago and was looking forward to helping get The Bailey Head up and running, but we know she will be looking down happy with opening day.

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Cheers!

With Grace’s dad

Our new signs went up today!

Our new pub signs have gone up in time for the opening tomorrow.
They have been hand made locally by Andy Field, who is a real craftsman.

When you are putting signs on an 18th century pub you should be doing something traditional. So our signs are made from marine ply with 8 layers of paint lovingly applied then sanded between each coat. The lettering is then applied with genuine gold leaf.

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Because of the listed status of the building we have been careful to make sure the new sign on the front of the building is the same size as the old Castle Tavern lettering, though much more traditional and in keeping.

There hasn’t been a hanging sign for a while, so it is good to get a new one up.

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Oswestry Mayor to Open Community Pub Run by Real Ale Champions

The Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Peter Cherrington, is to open a pub converted to a community centred freehouse run by Campaign for Real Ale champion owners.

Husband and wife team Grace Goodlad and Duncan Borrowman have purchased the former Castle Tavern and have renamed it “The Bailey Head”.

Until earlier this week they ran a members club in London which is the current CAMRA Greater London Club of the Year  and a National Club of the Year finalist, both for the second time. In total they have won eight CAMRA awards in the last three years.

Grace Goodlad said: “We want to run a community centred pub. As well as great beer, we will offer good wine, select spirits and a high quality range of soft drinks as well as teas and coffee. We will also plan to serve locally produced quality pub food such as cheese boards with locally produced cheeses, local handmade scotch eggs, pork pies, sausage rolls and charcuterie.”

Duncan Borrowman added: “Whether you want to come in for a pint of great real ale, craft beer, Wrexham lager or genuine German pils or sit down with a coffee and a newspaper, which we will have available in the pub, we want to welcome you. We are also keen to welcome small community groups and things like “stitch and bitch” or local clubs and groups to reserve a corner of the bar.”

Councillor Cherrington will cut the ribbon to open The Bailey Head on Tuesday, 8 March at 11am.