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The Bailey Head (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanExcellent1
Vibrant Forest - OutlanderExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Nottingham - Robin Hood AleExcellent1
Blackjack - Mosaic LightExcellent1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellExcellent1
Castle Rock - Sherwood ReserveExcellent1
Salopian - Freeze FrameExcellent1
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Excellent1
Community Brewing (Cwrw lâl) - Limestone CowboyExcellent1
Brass Castle - Session Mini-IPAGood1
Chapel - Silver ChaliceGood1
Castle Rock - Preservation Fine AleGood1
Blackjack - DevilfishGood1
Chapel - Bailey Head BlackGood1
Rowton - Area 51Good1
Three Tuns - 1642 BitterGood1
Crouch Vale - CitraGood1
Castle Rock - Henry Normal Nottinghamian Celebration AleGood1
Salopian - ChicaneGood1
Cornish Crown - Chocolate Orange StoutGood1
Three Tuns - XXXGood1
Oakham - The Hare and the HedgehogGood1
Salopian - Free Fall (previously seen at 3.8%)Good1
Mad Dog - Stouty McStoutfaceGood1
Inveralmond - Lia FailGood1
Castle Rock - Thompson's Cave Battle of ArrasGood1
Picture 1. The Bailey Head, Oswestry, Shropshire

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15 May 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Quiet Monday afternoon following a boisterous weekend.
Inveralmond - Lia Fail4.70GoodDark amber, some caramel, good earthiness and a fair bitter finish. Decent amber ale.
Chapel - Silver Chalice4.70GoodTastes stronger than it is. A resinous, hoppy bitter. Very enjoyable.
Chapel - Bailey Head Black5.00GoodBrewed to celebrate the winning of 'Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA market town pub of the year'. Some remnants of porter flavours still there but not enough to detract from the overall taste, in fact they probably form a complimentary background. Jolly good black IPA.
07 May 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Sat outside in the warm, afternoon sun.
Three Tuns - 1642 Bitter3.80GoodAlways a favourite and didn't disappoint on this occasion.
Castle Rock - Henry Normal Nottinghamian Celebration Ale4.20GoodNot a style I am familiar with, I would have said a good old fashioned English bitter. Nevertheless a decent drink. Usual excellent presentation and condition.
Cornish Crown - Chocolate Orange Stout5.20GoodDidn't quite get the orange, but it was smooth and tasted of chocolate.
06 May 2017 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
Lots of like minded people, all out to enjoy a good pint.
Community Brewing (Cwrw lâl) - Limestone Cowboy4.50ExcellentThoroughly enjoyable, some toffee and a fairly hoppy, fresh finish.
Vibrant Forest - Outlander4.00ExcellentGood rye malts along with spicy and citrusy hops leading to a semi dry, refreshing and satisfying finish.
Three Tuns - XXX4.30GoodA fairly standard bitter, excellent condition and presentation.
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 Fall (previously seen at 3.8%)3.60GoodRefreshing 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.

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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 16 times, seen 41 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: SY11 1PZ