Ten More Gins!

Today sees our Gin Menu grow by ten, to thirty two!

The new additions are:

Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger
Tangy spring rhubarb is macerated in oriental ginger and a twist of lemon zest before being infused with pure Edinburgh Gin. This provides a glorious depth of flavour.

Exquisite London Dry Gin made with actual geranium, a fantastically aromatic plant. Very unusual, distinctive and utterly delicious.

New York Spirit Co Dorothy Parker
All the botanicals play their part in this gin. The palate of hibiscus petals appear prominent, but not at the expense of juniper. This is still very much a proper gin. The spiciness of cinnamon spiciness develops wonderfully.

Gabriel Boudier Saffron
The result of an alliance between Great Britain for its London Dry Gin, India for its spice and French know-how. This original product with exotic notes is manufactured entirely in Dijon.

A medley of natural and ethically sourced ingredients including coconut, grapefruit, juniper, iris, tarragon and ginger. These are macerated for five days before a single distillation in 150 year old copper pot stills to obtain the perfect concentration to then be blended with grain spirit. Made by Gabriel Boudier in Dijon.

Jinzu is a Scottish made gin with a Japanese flavour. Cherry blossom and yuzu are used as botanical ingredients and then Junmai sake is blended with the finished gin.

Portobello Road No 171
A classical botanical selection with cassia bark and nutmeg contrives a London Dry Gin with a big depth of flavour.

Rock Rose
This very northerly gin from Caithness features an alluring botanical selection including locally harvested rhodiola rosea, rowan berries, sea blackthorn, blueberries, verbena, coriander seed, cardamom and juniper.

This triple distilled Spanish gin is a great mixer and is made from nine botanicals and added herbs, thus exhibits the aromas and flavors of juniper, coriander, cucumber, rose petals, cardamom, mandarin peel, orange blossom, lemon peel, liquorice and raspberry.

Gin Lane Pink
A pink gin which harks back to the Victorian era with its style and flavour. Made by infusing the gin with bitters, giving it a good kick of spice.

The full Gin Menu can be found here http://baileyhead.co.uk/gin-menu/

Christmas and New Year opening times

Our opening times over the coming days are (closing time indicates the last time we serve, we close 30 minutes later):

Friday 23 December Noon to Midnight
Saturday 24 December Noon to Midnight
Christmas Day Noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 10pm
Boxing Day Noon to 10pm
Tuesday 27 December Noon to 11pm
Wednesday 28 December Noon to 11pm
Thursday 29 December Noon to 11pm
Friday 30 December Noon to Midnight
New Year’s Eve Noon to 2am
New Year’s Day CLOSED
Monday 2 January CLOSED

Oswestry Pub is national awards finalist

The Bailey Head Freehouse in Oswestry, which was opened by the Mayor of Oswestry just eight months ago, has reached the finals of the first ever Hospitality Social Media Awards.

The pub specialises in constantly changing microbrewery real ales and craft beers, a large range of small batch gins, an extensive soft drinks range, and local Shropshire and Welsh simple food. They are especially well known for their locally sourced cheese boards, pork pies, scotch eggs and antipasti, as well as winter specials such as local Shropshire Venison Casserole.

The husband and wife owners, Grace Goodlad and Duncan Borrowman, will find out on 23 November at an award presentation at The Palace Hotel, Manchester if they have won the national prize.

Duncan Borrowman said: “After only being open for eight months it is fantastic to have been judged as one of the best pubs in the country for our social media. We use a number of online media to keep our customers informed of what we have on, including a website, Facebook, Twitter, Mailchimp and more recently Instagram. It is increasingly important in the 21st century that we keep in touch with our customers through Social Media.”

Two October Charity Quiz Nights

It is very much in vogue to give up drinking and abandon the pub for a month in support of charity.

But don’t firget that pubs raise vast amounts of money for charity, and if you are giving up drink for the month, we do sell a big range of soft drinks!

In October we are holding two charity quiz nights.

The first is this Friday, 7 October at 7.30pm in aid of CHALK Oswestry. CHALK is a community based shop in Leg Street raising funds for local projects.
Entry is £10 for a team of up to 6.

The second is on Friday 21 October at 8pm in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Entry is £12 for a team of up to 6. There will also be Prostate Cancer UK badges on sale.

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.



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.


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.

Cycle rack

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.


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.