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Bailey Head

(formerly Castle Tavern; Eagles)

Bailey Head
SY11 1PZ

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Premises Description

Accredited for beer quality 2019 - 20

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Opening Times

Monday3.00 pm - 11.30 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.30 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.30 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.30 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

About the Pub

This former Marston's pub was renamed The Bailey Head and reopened under private ownership in March 2016 with a vison to create a community centred pub.

Winners of the Branch Market Towns Pub of the Year 2018, 2019 and 2020 and overall Pub of the Year in 2019. The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) named the pub the UK’s Best Rural Independent Craft Beer Pub or Bar 2020. Six cask beers are supplemented by eight other draught beers, of which at least three are KeyKeg. The range constantly changes, with over 600 different cask and 150 keg/KeyKeg beers a year served pre-Coronavirus. At least one dark cask and one dark KeyKeg beer is always available as is a cask beer from Salopian Brewery in Shrewsbury, usually from their Black Range.

A substantial range of bottle and can beers are carried from across the UK and overseas.

The beer selection is supplemented by an extensive menu of gin, rum, vodka and whisky as well as an in-house cocktail list.

The limited food offering has an emphasis on Shropshire and Welsh produce with local cheese, pork pies, scotch eggs, charcuterie and locally sourced venison casserole on the menu.

Local community groups are welcome. A range of board games, for children and adults, is provided and the pub is very dog friendly being voted Most Dog Friendly Pub in the West Midlands in 2017.

Historic Interest

Once the Castle Tavern, the pub was named after the nearby remnants of Oswestry Castle which pre-dates the town. A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War of the 17th century, the castle was destroyed after the war by the Parliamentarians to prevent it being used as a base for a resistance movement.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Salopian --varies--

There will always be at least one dark ale.

Source: National

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Bailey Head, Oswestry


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Shropshire CAMRA cider and perry in July & August participant.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Always at least one. Also, bear in mind that Oswestry is in North Shropshire so many of the Locale beers come from North Wales.


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LinedGlasses Lined Glasses
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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Bailey Head

Bailey Head
SY11 1PZ

Sat Nav Reference

52.86068, -3.05431


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Arriva: 53 and 70 (Daytime Only)


In the Market Square opp the Guildhall

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