OH ! OH ! OSWESTRY

 

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More random highlights from unsung Britain.

I assume Oswestry is unsung; perhaps it has a fan club in American Samoa (11 blog views this year, one more than Vietnam).

Oswestry

What can Oz, as the kidz call it, offer the American (Samoan) visitor ?

Well, no stops here since Beeching, but Thomas and Henry live here.

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Showing my Thomas expertise

Oddly, it’s the street art that really sets Oswestry apart;

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Unless they’re real folk frozen in time
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No social distancing in evidence

Affordable housing continues to be an issue, with some taking matters into their own hands.

Or is it a micropub >

Only 17,105 souls, less than Newmarket though it feels a lot bigger. A castle, black and white gems, and a chance of Bass in the Oak.

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Loads of this….
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…and possibly actual Bass

Wiki says “The town is famous for its high number of public houses per head of population; there are around 30 in the town today, many of which offer real ale.”

Quite a few dotted around the main square.

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Oddly quiet

If you visit one pub when Life returns, make it the Bailey Head, a classic, classy community pub whose Landlord makes some of the more sensible contributions on CAMRA Discourse.

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View to the Guildhall

Some of the best beer and pub grub I had in 2018, at bargain prices.

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Venison stew a NVSSS 4

Not the only cheap beer in town to tempt Stafford Paul, mind.

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San Miguel and Carlsberg £2 a pint

The elevation of the Plough to the Guide last year proved CAMRA branches DO go in basic boozers and taste the Doom Bar occasionally. A pub where it felt like the 4pm Golden Hour at 1.30.

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Bench seating, abandoned lager
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My classic Doom Bar shot

Two years ago the Spoons was also competing to bring the price of a pint of Coach House down to a pound a pint. Sadly, even with your treasured discount, it was £1.05.

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Still too expensive, say some

Shame there’s no train service; I reckon Stafford Paul would sniff out some proper BBB here to accompany the Elderflower.

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Of course, you can’t come to Oswestry and not visit Offa’s Dyke country.

Across the border in the unpronounceable lands you get beams,

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Future Brunning & Price

traditional transport,

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I used to drive that red one on my Dad’s fields,

hills,

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and remote pubs like the Wynnstay at Llansilin,

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where in 2016 I asked the immortal question;

“Can I take a photo of your Prosecco Batman ?”

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I’m not sure BRAPA or I will ever forget that barrel of York Guzzler.

14 thoughts on “OH ! OH ! OSWESTRY

  1. Enjoyed reading this & nice photos (love the Batman one ! ) hardly been to that part of the country- just have this idea that I “don’t like Wales & anywhere close by ” ,although we enjoyed Tenby .Must address this at some time in the distant future !

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      1. Wasn’t the pub at Llansilin the one where you had the York Guzzler than was almost as old as the pub itself?

        Good to see the Oak get a mention 😀

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      1. Indeed, Martin – I’ve been “not from round here” in quite a few places now, and Wales is one of the easier ones in that way, I’ve found.

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  2. “pub whose Landlord makes some of the more sensible contributions on CAMRA Discourse” – yes, having owned the Bailey Head for four years Duncan should be the last person to pontificate on Discourse about all pub and beer matters from a position of profound ignorance. .

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    1. A visitor from another planet could be forgiven for thinking, that the internet was designed entirely, to enable pontificating from positions of profound ignorance, don’t you think, Paul?

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  3. My sole visit to the Bailey Head was exactly a year ago, on Thursday 23 May 2019, the date of the final European Parliament elections. My experience was rather spoilt by the presence of a bloke at the bar gobbing off about how he thought certain politicians should be shot. No doubt sentiments with which a certain malicious troll of this parish would sympathise 😦

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      1. Also… consults notes… the only one of six cask beers I recognised was Castle Rock Harvest Pale. Well done for that type of pub, but I think I’d have been happier in the Oak or one of the other more traditional pubs in the town.

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      2. There’s a fair few pubs the Proper Pub gang would prioritise over the Bailey Head, but I suspect the bargain venison stew would have met with our favour.

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