Bailey Head

The pub is certainly making a name for itself among the real ale community. Previously the pub was called The Castle Tavern, and before that it was The Eagles.  There's a friendly welcome, and an ever changing selection of interesting real ales -all well kept and tasty. Dog friendly.  Situated on Bailey Head in the town square opposite the town hall. Tel - 01691 587083. Visited Jan 2019 Pub website
Chapel Brewery Anno Domini
Oakham Bishops Farewell 
Red Willow Effortless
Salopian Gravity Wave
Readers comments - New owners in Mar 2016
- The Bailey Head is quickly gaining a reputation for well kept real ales - May 2016
- Three of us popped in. We sampled the Gloucester Citra and the Three Tuns XXX. Both ales were superlatively tasty. Absolutely top marks - five stars plus!  The pub is nicely turned out although the big TV screen rather spoils it for me, but that will certainly not stop me visiting again - Aug 2016
Landlord's comments - The big screen is only on for Wimbledon, Olympics and occasional F1 and late night Welsh rugby, it is turned off most of the time - Sep 2016

The Bell

Sign outside says this is the oldest pub in Oswestry. Three real ales on. Two bars. Unusual curved stone pillar in the bar. Pool table and darts. Situated on Church Street. Tel - 01691 657068. Visited Oct 2017
Brakspeare Bitter
Cumberland Ale  
Readers comments - A nice friendly welcome on a Thursday evening. 3 beers on. 4 stars. - Oct 2017
- new manager says they will not show any sport on TV - Oct 2018

Black Gate

Formerly the Bull Ring - this historic black and white pub re-opening in Oct 2017 after being closed for 3 years. The porch on the front  proclaims it was built in 1621. There is a bar and lounge, and the lounge has an original black grate with a real fire. A section of the wall in the lounge reveals the original wattle and daub walls. Two real ales on offer. Situated on Salop Street. Tel - 01691 679268. Visited Jan 2019
Copper Town Angelsey Best
Readers comments - back open again - Oct 2017

Black Lion 

Friendly, well cared for, three roomed pub with a multitude of TVs. When the football is on expect it to be a bit loud. Beer well kept.  Popular with drinkers. There were two real ales on. There's a beer garden and car park around the back. It's the only pub we know that has pump clips on both sides of the hand-pulls so the beers on offer can be seen from the bar area. Runner-up in the Market Town Pub of the Year for 2015. Situated on Salop Street. Tel - 01691 652745. Visited Jan 2019
Brains Rev James
Salopian Oracle

Boars Head
Marstons pub that only opens on Fri and Sat nights. Loud music, two pool tables, outside drinking area. No real ale. Willow Street. 


Butchers Arms
Willow Street - no real ale



Oswestry's newest pub - opened in late 2018 - this used to be a chemist and long before that it was the White Horse. The only pub in town with two floors. Food served. Occasional live music. Just a single real ale. Situated on Church Street. Tel - 01691 688640. Visited Nov 2018  Pub website 
Marstons Bitter
Readers comments - New owners and the pub is back open again - Oct 2015

Fox Inn

There's a small traditional bar at the front, a lounge with a log burning stove, and a couple of rooms at the back as well as a little snug. The pub has been nicely restored and has a homely feel to it. There's a beer garden too. Serving mostly beers from Joules Brewery - all very well kept and tasty. Situated on Church Street. Tel - 01691 679669. Visited Jun 2018   
Joules Blonde
Joules Pale Ale
Joules Slumbering Monk
Readers comments - New owners and the pub is back open again - Oct 2015

 No real ale on our last few visits


Golden Lion

Friendly and popular pub now serving just Stonehouse Bitter - which was well kept. Bar and lounge. Wood burning stove in the bar. Pool table. TV in the bar. Accommodation. Nice beer garden at the back. Car park. Pleasant interior. Food served including Sunday lunch. Situated on Upper Church Street. Tel - 01691 653747. Visited Feb 2017  Pub website
Stonehouse Station Bitter
Readers comments - Black Sheep - May 2011


Closed in Spring 2018
Popular pub on Willow Street serving a pretty ordinary pint of John Smiths - nice temperature and well kept but just not very distinctive. Large pub but the bar area is small, so it's crowded. Pool table. Beer garden around the back and a car park too. Tel - 01691 653392. Visited May 2015 Facebook page
John Smiths Bitter 

The Griffin

Now with three or four real ales being served on hand-pull. Food served - good value and we enjoyed our chip butties. There's a separate snug and the bar has a great old bookcase at one end. The beer was well kept, and the upcoming guest beers are listed on a blackboard. Previously when we've been in the music has been a bit loud. CAMRA members get money off their pints. Friendly and comfortable little pub situated on Leg Street in the town centre. Nice coffee. Accommodation. Visited Feb 2018 
Salopian Oracle   
Sharps Doom Bar
Stonehouse Station Bitter 
Readers comments - The pub sign with the Griffin on it has disappeared - Jan 2012

The Highwayman 

Friendly pub. Families are made welcome. The Banks's Bitter was well kept and surprisingly tasty, and there's usually a guest ale from the Marston's group of breweries. The pub is dominated by special menu boards and food offers - so it can get busy. Daily carvery. Large car park. Pool table. Kiddies play area and benches outside.  Situated on Shrewsbury Road. Tel - 01691 652632   Visited Feb 2019   Pub website
Banks's Amberr
Wychwood Hobgoblin
Readers comments - Fairly decent pint of Hobgoblin. Monday night cheap beer deals - Feb 2019 

Closed - down an alleyway off Church Street - no real ale


Kings Head

Major refit in 2018 and real ale is back as well. Three beers on. The pub has been transformed and is nicely appointed with wooden flooring and an attractive colour scheme. the bar now has a modern feel to it. And we believe that real ale has returned. Situated at 12 Church Street. Tel - 01691 660799. Visited Jun 2018

Hancocks HB
Stonehouse Cambrian Gold
Stonehouse Station Bitter 


Oak Inn

Popular, traditional local with a homely feel to it. Dominoes. Lounge at the back and a bar at the front where sport features on the many TVs. Collection of old cigarette cards. You can't go wrong with the Stonehouse Beers on offer - very well kept and tasty. Outside drinking area at the back. Situated on Church Street. Tel - 01691 652304. Visited Jan 2019 
Ossett White Rat
Salopian Lemon Dream
Stonehouse Cambrian Gold 
Stonehouse Station Bitter  
Readers comments - Best real ale in town - Jan 2013
- Stonehouse Cambrian Gold - May 2010
- Stonehouse Station bitter 4 out of 5. Probably the best pint in Oswestry! Also Stonehouse Cambrian Gold & Bass - Oct 2010

Old Vaults

This is an Offa's Dyke pub with a small bar at the front and a larger lounge at the back. Barrels serve as tables, except outside where they adorn the frontage to the pub proudly proclaiming the Offa's Dyke Brewery. Pub now serves good value food. Surprisingly large beer garden at the back of the pub. Open mic night on  Tuesdays. Sunday is quiz night. Situated on Church Street. Tel - 01691 654001  Visited Jan 2019  Pub website   

Offas Dyke Barley Blonde

Readers Comments - Now serves food as well - Jul 2014
- Good value food. Visited on a Thursday night - two real ales on - Apr 2017

Oswald's Cross

Opened in 2009 - this is more an eating type pub that happens to serve two real ales - but the beer was served so cold it loses a star. Food served. Large car park. Typical of modern eating pubs it's comfortable and at least has a bit of style to it. There are tables outside at the front so you can enjoy the noise of the passing traffic. Situated next to the Premier Inn just a short distance from the main A5/A458 island on the fringe of Oswestry. Free Wi-Fi but it's sluggishly slow. Visited Feb 2019   Pub website
Brains Original
Sharps Doom Bar 


This was Oswestry's Conservative Club, but it's now closed and is up for sale. Situated in Festival. 
Readers comments - The pub is for sale - Feb 2019 May 2017

The Plough

Now with a reduced selection of real ales - three on our least visit. Situated just a short walk from the centre of Oswestry, on Beatrice Street, the Plough has an Edwardian exterior and is comfortable inside with high ceilings.  Function room. The TV and music can be a bit loud, as can some of he locals. Car park around the back. Tel - 01691 652560. Visited Feb 19

Black Sheep Holy Grail
Otter Amber
Sharps Doom Bar
Readers comments - Popped in and was surprised how tasty the beer was - Sep 2016
Stunning pint of Heritage Brewing Masterpiece - Feb 2017
New owners recently taken over, ?and now with three real ales - Feb 2019

The Railway
Pub near the bus station - but no real ale


Red Lion

Big refit in 2008 and now the Red Lion is a comfortable stylish pub with a nice interior with a log burning stove at one end. Outside seating area at the front and a courtyard drinking area at the back. Accommodation. Good value food served - we enjoyed some chip butties. Tea and coffee as well. Just a single real ale the night of our visit. Situated at Bailey Head. Tel - 01691 656077. Visited Jan 2019 
Black Sheep
Readers comments - The pub has now undergone an extensive refit, and has also added an outdoor smoking area that you would not be ashamed of if it were your own back yard - June 2008

Stonehouse Brewery Bar

Situated at the back brewery in Weston, the bar has a selection of Stonehouse beers served by handpump and also available in bottles and polypins. There's a nice beer garden overlooking the orchard and a car park. Check for opening times. Tel - 01691 676457.  Visited Jul 2018

Stonehouse Cambrian Gold
Stonehouse Station Bitter 
Stonehouse Sunlander

The Smithfield
Planning application to convert into flats - 2018


Sweeney Hall Hotel

So it's a hotel rather than a pub - but non guests are welcome and they do serve real ale. Accommodation. Food served. Comfortable bar, with an outside drinking patio. Coffee also served. This historic country house is situated on the A483 just south of Oswestry. Tel - 01691 652450. Visited Dec 2018 Website

Stonehouse Station Bitter 

Three Pigeons

No real ale on our last visit - two hand-pulls unused. The plain interior makes this your standard side street pub. Occasional live music. Situated on Albert Road. Tel - 01691 653724. Visited Oct 2015

Readers comments - Visited June 2013 and there was no real ale.
No real ale - Oct 2015

Top White Lion Inn

Ex-Greenalls pub and before that it was a Wem Ales pub with a lounge and bar. Long red bench seats. Car Park. The interior is an oasis of calm, especially on a Friday or Saturday night when the other pubs on Willow Street are pumping out the music.  So the pub is missing a great opportunity to offer customers a tasty difference - but sadly only Tetley Bitter is on offer - it's served a bit cold, but we thought it was well kept. Pool table and darts in the bar. Situated on Oakhurst Road. Tel - 01691 852529. Visited Sep 2015
Tetley Bitter  


Estate type pub on Unicorn Road now serving Doom Bar instead of Banks's beers. Bar with a popular pool table, and a lounge as well. Well patronised the night we called in. Basic interior - and handy for the chippy just over the road. Car park. There are a few tables outside under the small veranda at the side of the pub. Visited Oct 2015
Sharps Doom Bar

Wilfred Owen

Typical Wetherspoons pub - large layout with plenty of real ales on offer. No music. Food served. The exposed air conditioning plant makes the pub feel a bit industrial. One side of the pub has little alcoves with illuminated  pictures. The pub is  named after the WW1 war poet who was born in Oswestry in 1891. There's a beer garden at the back. Situated on Willow Street. Tel - 01691 684910. Visited Jan 2019  Pub website
Abbott Ale
Adnams Broadside
Salopian Oracle  
Woods Shropshire Lad
Wychwood Hobgoblin
Readers comments - Battlefield 1066, brewed in Shropshire - May 2016

Wynnstay Hotel

Obviously, it's a hotel rather than a pub, so expect hotel prices for the beer. The relaxing bar does have a single real ale on offer - and it's a local one too. Nice lunchtime bar food, but prepare for a wait when busy. Accommodation. Comfortable bar area, mostly used by diners. Caters for wedding receptions - Situated opposite the church at the end of Church Street. Tel - 01691 655261. Visited Jan 2018  Hotel website
Stonehouse Station Bitter
Readers comments - Tasty pint of Stonehouse Station - May 2016