Christmas and New Year opening

Our Christmas and New Year opening times are:

21/12/18 Friday 12.00 to 00.00
22/12/18 Saturday 12.00 to 00.00
23/12/18 Sunday 12.00 to 23.00
24/12/18 Monday 12.00 to 21.00 (Getting ready for Father Christmas)
25/12/18 Tuesday 12.00 to 14.30, 19.00 to 21.30
26/12/18 Wednesday 12.00 to 23.00
27/12/18 Thursday 12.00 to 23.00
28/12/18 Friday 12.00 to 00.00
29/12/18 Saturday 12.00 to 00.00
30/12/18 Sunday 12.00 to 22.30
31/12/18 Monday 12.00 to 02:00 – Ticket holders only after 9pm
01/01/19 Tuesday Closed
02/01/19 Wednesday Closed
03/01/19 Thursday Closed

Price increases

Unfortunately we are having to increase a number of price increases over the next few days.

Firstly, we are finding it increasingly difficult to source session strength cask beers of the quality and variety we want to stock that we can continue to sell at £2.70 a pint. We have noticed, presumably due to disproportionate increases in ingredient costs against duty, that in percentage terms weaker beers are costing more by a significant amount. Therefore, as from today, new beers coming on at 4% and under will be £3 a pint. There is no increase in the price of beers in the 4.1% to 4.9% range, which will remain at £3 or in the 5% plus range which remain at £3.60 (except for very occasional extra strong specials).

Secondly, due to the sugar tax, our new price lists will go out in the next couple of days with increases in the price of most sparkling soft drinks. However Fever Tree tonics will not be increasing.

There will also be some small increases in the price of wine. Bottles of house wine will go up from £10 to £11.

Spirit prices are unchanged.

CAMRA says Bailey Head top West Shropshire Pub

The Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the organisation which fights for traditional beer, cider and pubs, today announced the winner of the 2018 Pub of the Year Competition for Shrewsbury and West Shropshire. The winner is:

Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Pub of the Year, and Market Town Pub of the Year –
The Bailey Head, Oswestry

The West Shropshire area has 284 pubs selling real ale. In the first stage of the Pub of the Year competition, Branch members visit pubs and score the beer quality. This produces a long-list of 45 pubs with beer judged as very good or excellent. Members then vote on the overall experience in these pubs to reduce the long-list to a shortlist of nine pubs – three in Shrewsbury, three in West Shropshire market towns and three from rural West Shropshire.
Shortlisted pubs are visited anonymously by experienced surveyors who mark the pub on beer, welcome, atmosphere, commitment to the community and value for money using a nationally agreed scheme. The surveyors’ independent scores are combined to find the winner in each category and the overall winner. The Branch overall winner will go on to compete with pubs across the country to win CAMRA’s Pub of the Year for the whole of the UK.

The Bailey Head in Oswestry is owned and managed by Grace Goodlad and Duncan Borrowman who previously ran the CAMRA award-winning Orpington Liberal Club, they bought and reopened the former Castle Tavern exactly two years ago. Since then, they have turned the pub into a hub of high quality ales and ciders, community activities, locally sourced food, and an excellent selection of artisan gins and spirits. Along the way, Grace and Duncan have won many awards and plaudits, including entry to CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, Branch Market Town Pub of The Year and the most dog friendly pub in the West Midlands.

Dave Roll, Chair of Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA said “It’s great to see The Bailey Head as the heart of a revitalised real ale scene in Oswestry. Grace and Duncan have made a big difference to the pub and the town and are deserved winners of this award”.
Grace and Duncan said “We were stunned in our first year to be runners up for this prestigious award, to win in our second year is even more of a surprise and an honour; as there are many great pubs just in Oswestry, let alone the whole of West Shropshire. Hopefully as the first winners of this award in Oswestry it will help to attract people to come and find out what the town’s pubs have to offer. Our thanks go to the many local people who have supported the pub and are now an essential part of the warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as CAMRA members both near and far who visit us.”

Oswestry Pub in Final for best UK Craft Beer Bar

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.

Christmas and New Year Opening

Our Christmas and New Year opening times are:

21/12/17 Thursday 12.00 to 23.00
22/12/17 Friday 12.00 to 00.00
23/12/17 Saturday 12.00 to 00.00
24/12/17 Sunday 12.00 to 22.00
25/12/17 Monday 12.00 to 14.30, 19.00 to 22.00
26/12/17 Tuesday 16.00 to 23.00
27/12/17 Wednesday 12.00 to 23.00
28/12/17 Thursday 12.00 to 00.00
29/12/17 Friday 12.00 to 00.00
30/12/17 Saturday 12.00 to 00.00
31/12/17 Sunday 12.00 to 02:00 – Ticket only
01/01/18 Monday Closed
02/01/18 Tuesday Closed
03/01/18 Wednesday Closed

Oswestry Pub honoured at brewery awards

Oswestry pub The Bailey Head has been honoured by Peterborough based brewery Oakham Ales as one of 20 pubs in the country selling more than 75 or more brewers barrels, or 21,000 pints of Oakham products over the past year.

Husband and wife owners of The Bailey Head, Grace Goodlad and Duncan Borrowman collected a trophy and certificate from Oakham’s Managing Director Adrian Posnett and Head Brewer Alex Kean at an awards dinner at the Brewery Tap in Peterborough, where they were the only new recipient of the award this year.

Grace said; “Duncan and I would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have put The Bailey Head on the map since we opened. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here to collect this, it is a shame we couldn’t get them all along to receive this with us! We will be proudly displaying the certificate and trophy in the pub, alongside our awards from the Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Campaign for Real Ale”.

Oakham Ales Managing Director Adrian Posnett said; “It was wonderful to catch up with a number of pubs across the country who have supported Oakham over the years as well as meeting pubs who qualified for this event for the first time.

“This is my favourite event of the year. It’s always an incredibly special evening where we get to say a big thank you to those who have, and continue to, support us by putting Oakham Ales in pride of place in their pubs.”

More about our presentation night

This Saturday is our presentation night for the Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA Market Towns Pub of the Year and overall Pub of the Year Runner up.

We recommend you arrive by 7.30 As we expect to be busy.

So what have we got lined up? Of course there will be presentation itself. Also we will have a tap takeover and Meet the Brewer with Chapel Brewery, Dudleston Heath. This will include the unveiling of our collaboration brew, Bailey Head Black. The line up of beers is:

Angel’s Share 4.0% A blonde session beer, using two German hops. A delicate, floral nose and a herbal spicy taste.A tasty session beer.

Miracle 4.4%  A blonde beer using three American hops. Nicely balanced and full of flavour. Floral, Grapefruit, Lychees and pine.

Silver Chalice 4.7% A light blonde beer. Full of flavour with 5 different American hops with a more maltier background to compliment the hops using the wonderful Vienna malt.

Holy Grail 5.0% American IPA with 0.5kg of hops in every cask!

Bailey Head Black 5.0% Hoppy IPA with a small amount of special dark malt, which makes it black without being too roasty or chocolaty. Unfined and vegan friendly.


We will be giving out free food: Radford’s Pork Pie, Radford’s Stilton Pork Pie, Radford’s Sausage Roll, Radford’s Vegetarian Sausage Roll. Weird and Wonderful Cheeses with crackers. Cake!


We will continue the night with some live music from Mave McMahon


A Big Piece of News

We have a big piece of news to announce, and we have to say we are delighted!

Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA have voted us Market Towns Pub of the Year and also Runner up for overall Pub of the Year. To say that we are stunned to win these awards in our first year is an understatement. We had won a number of CAMRA awards at the members club we were involved with before we moved to Oswestry, up to National Club of the Year runner up twice, but winning these awards in the far more competitive arena of pubs caps them all.  We always hoped we would get some CAMRA recognition but we never expected this much or so quickly, and we are extremely humbled and grateful.

But this is should be about our customers, if they didn’t drink the beer and vote for us this wouldn’t have happened, and we are extremely grateful for the support our customers have shown us in the 13 months since we opened the Bailey Head.

So rather than just quietly getting a certificate presented and sticking it on the wall, we want to make sure our customers are able to join in the celebration too. On Saturday, 13 May we will not only receive our awards, but also:

  • Have a tap takeover of beers from Chapel Brewery in Duddleston Heath, including a special beer we have brewed with Ken King the brewer at Chapel.
  • Have a Meet the Brewer with Ken.
  • An evening of celebration with a few more surprises.

We are currently sorting out a running order for the evening, and exact timings, but for now please save the date and make sure you keep the evening of 13th May free to come and join the party.

Thank you all!

Grace and Duncan

Brewing with Ken King of Chapel Brewery.

Oswestry Mayor cuts our first birthday cake

Oswestry Mayor Paul Milner has cut the first birthday cake for The Bailey Head Pub, one year on from when his predecessor Peter Cherrington cut the ribbon to open the pub.

Owners Grace Goodlad and Duncan Borrowman have enjoyed a  busy year of bringing a community centred pub to the town.
Grace Goodlad said: “We promised a pub that would attract use by community groups. Among others in our first year we have hosted regular meetings of Border Visual Arts, the formative meeting of the new Oswestry Round Table, the Women’s Institute, church organised charity quizzes for CHALK C.I.C., Osestry Jazz Orchestra, Clerical Error Morris Dancers, a stitch and bitch group and a scifi book club.”
Duncan Borrowman said: “We have focused on local and quality products, including over 300 different real ales and craft beers on tap, a menu of 32 gins. Welsh and Shropshire cheeses and charcuterie, pork pies and scotch eggs made here in Oswestry and during the cold months casserole of local venison as well as vegan options.”