Welcome to the first year of the
Oswestry Pub Scene Awards.

Oswestry has always been known to have a huge selection of pubs to suit all types of adventures out. Over the years, as like many towns and cities across the UK, more and more pubs are closing, the once-thriving local boozer has started to fade into shops, housing, and empty buildings.

Oswestry Pub Scene was set up in 2019 to celebrate the current local pub scene and to reminisce about the town’s lost pubs.

A couple of years on, Oswestry Pub Scene Awards is born, the local pub awards voted by local Oswestrians.

The awards will recognise greatness across a wide range of categories from Best Food to Best Pub for Watching Sport. The competition will help to showcase the quality pubs we have in the centre of Oswestry, that are definitely worth a visit!

Voting ended on 31st December 2021 at 11:59pm.

Long live the pub!

2021 Award Categories

Best Pub

Best Pub

Best Landlord/Landlady

Best Landlord/Landlady

Best Cocktail/Wine Bar

Best Cocktail/Wine Bar

Pub with Friendliest Staff

Friendliest Staff

Pub with best Atmosphere

Best Atmosphere

Best Live Music Pub

Best Live Music Venue

Best Pub to Watch Sport

Best Pub to Watch Sport

Best Beer Garden

Best Beer Garden

Best Food

Best Food

Best Sunday Roast

Best Sunday Roast

2021 Winners

The Bailey Head, Oswestry

Best Pub Award: The Bailey Head

“Its lovely to get local awards like this. What makes a pub work is not just a great selection of excellent beer, cocktails, gins and drinks, but the community in it and the people behind the bar.

“We are so delighted our staff have been recognised in particular as Hospitality work often involves antisocial hours and can be exhausting, they are a great team and really deserve this.

“We are so proud of the Pub and winning these 3 awards is a huge honour and we are very grateful to the people of Oswestry who voted for us. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and also Kieran for organising the awards. We would also like to offer thanks to all the people who have supported us since we moved here. Oswestry is a wonderful place to make a home and we are humbled by how much support and friendship we have found here.”

Grace & Duncan, The Bailey Head

Best Landlord/Landlady Award: The Oak

“We are so pleased to hear we have been awarded with the ‘Best Landlord/Landlady’ and ‘Best Beer Garden’ awards. We have run The Oak for around 10 years now and have loved every minute thanks to our fantastic customers and staff. We are thrilled to know that our efforts renovating our beer garden during the first lockdown are appreciated – we are very proud of our little sun trap and love seeing it bustling in the summer months. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!”

James & Lexi, The Oak

The Oak
Knock & Snitch, Oswestry

Best Cocktail/Wine Bar Award: Knock & Snitch

“We really appreciate the fact people voted for us. It’s lovely to be recognised locally for the hard work the team and me have put in since opening the doors so thank you all. Big thanks to Kieran at Oswestry Pub Scene too, this is a really good new initiative to celebrate local hospitality businesses and we look forward to seeing it grow next year.”

Graeme, Knock & Snitch

Friendliest Staff Award: The Bailey Head

“Its lovely to get local awards like this. What makes a pub work is not just a great selection of excellent beer, cocktails, gins and drinks, but the community in it and the people behind the bar.

“We are so delighted our staff have been recognised in particular as Hospitality work often involves antisocial hours and can be exhausting, they are a great team and really deserve this.

“We are so proud of the Pub and winning these 3 awards is a huge honour and we are very grateful to the people of Oswestry who voted for us. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and also Kieran for organising the awards. We would also like to offer thanks to all the people who have supported us since we moved here. Oswestry is a wonderful place to make a home and we are humbled by how much support and friendship we have found here.”

Grace & Duncan, The Bailey Head

The Bailey Head, Oswestry
The Bailey Head, Oswestry

Best Atmosphere Award: The Bailey Head

“Its lovely to get local awards like this. What makes a pub work is not just a great selection of excellent beer, cocktails, gins and drinks, but the community in it and the people behind the bar.

“We are so delighted our staff have been recognised in particular as Hospitality work often involves antisocial hours and can be exhausting, they are a great team and really deserve this.

“We are so proud of the Pub and winning these 3 awards is a huge honour and we are very grateful to the people of Oswestry who voted for us. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and also Kieran for organising the awards. We would also like to offer thanks to all the people who have supported us since we moved here. Oswestry is a wonderful place to make a home and we are humbled by how much support and friendship we have found here.”

Grace & Duncan, The Bailey Head

Best Live Music Venue Award: The Fox Inn

“We always pride ourselves being a place for people to enjoy great live music, so it’s fantasic to hear we have won the ‘Best Live Music Venue’ award, thank you for voting for us!”

Mandy, The Fox Inn

The Fox, Oswestry
The Black Lion, Oswestry

Best Pub to Watch Sport Award: The Black Lion

“Thank you to all our customers for voting for us as the ‘Best Pub to Watch Sport’ award it really is appreciated. We look forward to seeing old and new customers in the new year!”

Terry, The Black Lion

Best Beer Garden Award: The Oak

“We are so pleased to hear we have been awarded with the ‘Best Landlord/Landlady’ and ‘Best Beer Garden’ awards. We have run The Oak for around 10 years now and have loved every minute thanks to our fantastic customers and staff. We are thrilled to know that our efforts renovating our beer garden during the first lockdown are appreciated – we are very proud of our little sun trap and love seeing it bustling in the summer months. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!”

James & Lexi, The Oak

The Oak
Townhouse, Oswestry

Best Food Award: Townhouse

“We’re really happy to receive best food, we pride ourselves on providing Oswestry with great food. It shows people appreciate the hard work that goes into creating fresh menus using locally sourced ingredients.”

Ollie, Townhouse

Best Sunday Roast Award: The Griffin Inn

“We are delighted to receive this award from our customers recognising the staff for all their hard work through these difficult times. We try to buy all our stock from local suppliers, who give a fantastic service and excellent quality produce.”

Gary & Carol, The Griffin Inn

The Griffin Inn, Oswestry