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The Bailey Head (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Blackjack - Bramling CrossExcellent1
Nottingham - Robin Hood AleExcellent1
Castle Rock - Sherwood ReserveExcellent1
Mad Dog - Third Eye BlindExcellent1
Blackjack - Mosaic LightExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent2
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Excellent1
Salopian - Freeze FrameExcellent1
Mad Dog - Now in a MinuteExcellent1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellExcellent2
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanExcellent1
Castle Rock - Thompson's Cave Battle of ArrasGood1
Pig & Porter - Strong Pale No. 2Good1
Brass Castle - Session Mini-IPAGood1
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine AleGood1
Black Brook - SlinkyGood1
Blackjack - DevilfishGood1
Rowton - Area 51Good1
Crouch Vale - CitraGood1
Salopian - Free FallGood1
Salopian - ChicaneGood1
Oakham - The Hare and the HedgehogGood1
Black Brook - Mt. HoodGood1
Mad Dog - Stouty McStoutfaceGood1
Picture 1. The Bailey Head, Oswestry, Shropshire

Visits Details

22 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Lots of ex colleagues and good friends in attendance along with some excellent beers. Pleasant couple of hours.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50ExcellentA little thin on body but some wonderfully delicate spice and herb flavours coming through other than the perfectly balanced malt and hops. Superb condition. A masterpiece.
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentOne of the best examples of this beer I have tried.
Nottingham - Robin Hood Ale3.90ExcellentA fine English style bitter. Good body, good balance, perfect condition. Bordering on outstanding.
Castle Rock - Sherwood Reserve4.50ExcellentIf only all stouts tasted like this. Smooth and without any of the harsh acidity I normally associate with this beer type. Dark flavours, fruit and vanilla in abundance and balance. Excellent.
19 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Quiet market day afternoon / early evening.
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60ExcellentGreat example of this top beer.
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80ExcellentCrackingly good English bitter, refreshing with a sharp finish. Malt and hops in good balance. Good condition and presentation.
Salopian - Free Fall3.80GoodRefreshing golden session ale, excellent condition and presentation.
16 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Peaceful Sunday afternoon spent in good company.
Brass Castle - Session Mini-IPA3.50GoodI sometimes wonder if my palate is different to every body else's. I found this beer had a powerful smoky and peppery taste and a good clean bitter finish. Excellent at 3.5%.
Blackjack - Devilfish5.00GoodAn overpowering aroma of pencil sharpenings. An arty / farty new style of beer that doesn't really work for me. Certainly pale and with a light orangey / citrus flavour. Undoubtedly it will be a great success.
15 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
I think everybody has gone away for their Easter break. Quite quiet for a Saturday evening.
Crouch Vale - Citra3.90GoodExactly what it says on the tin - a quality citra ale.
Salopian - Chicane4.10GoodTypically Salopian.
Mad Dog - Stouty McStoutface4.50GoodNot a stout fan, usually far too heavy and full on for me. This however was quite light on the palate and consequently enjoyable.
14 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
A busy Easter Good Friday spent with good company.
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine Ale4.40GoodA chestnut coloured Midland's style bitter with a semi dry finish.
Rowton - Area 515.10GoodA strong, citra type ale. A bit too resinous for me. Nevertheless, good body, good condition and well presented.
08 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Gets busier and busier each weekend.
Oakham - The Hare and the Hedgehog3.90GoodFirst tried this four years ago and I haven't changed my opinion - another Oakham ale!
Castle Rock - Thompson's Cave Battle of Arras4.00GoodAn OK brown beer.
07 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Lots of things going on, very busy. Good to see.
Blackjack - Mosaic Light3.70ExcellentPlenty of flavour in this low abv beer.
Salopian - Freeze Frame4.80ExcellentTypically Salopian but a surprise in the aftertaste with some mandarin and caramel hints.
05 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Pleasant two or three pints in good company.
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60ExcellentAn excellent example of this favourite Oakham ale.
Blackjack - Bramling Cross4.00ExcellentDescribed as an English bitter. I would say an English bitter plus some good berry and chocolate / coffee flavours. Not over complex, good body and balance.
Black Brook - Slinky3.50GoodPlenty of flavour in this unfined, 3.5% beer. Usual good presentation and condition.
01 Apr 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Unfortunately only a quick visit, nevertheless good company and friendly banter.
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentStill at the top of its game. Excellent condition and presentation.
Mad Dog - Now in a Minute4.20ExcellentA classic and very good red ale.
31 Mar 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Busy Friday evening.
Mad Dog - Third Eye Blind3.80ExcellentPlenty of flavour from this lower abv beer. Best of the night for me.
Black Brook - Mt. Hood4.10GoodAmerican session IPA? Unfined and hazy. Not sure what to make of this.
Pig & Porter - Strong Pale No. 25.20GoodStrong, pale and uninspiring.

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About The Bailey Head

The pub sign. The Bailey Head, Oswestry, Shropshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1PZ.

A once run down Marston's town pub which has received a new lease of life. A large single ground floor room, serving five real ales from local sources and nationally (Oakademy approved) and also a splendid range of craft keg / key keg beers and a noted selection of gins. Popular with locals and visitors to the area. Previously called Castle Tavern and then Eagles. Next pub of the year (2017)?

We have visited this pub 13 times, seen 32 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: SY11 1PZ