Eating and drinking
Bailey Street, Oswestry
A gem of a B&B in a gem of a county.
1 Oerley Way, Oswestry, SY11 1TD
Oswestry has some fantastic places for eating, drinking, and both! One of the questions we get asked most is where to go for a meal out, with this in mind we're highlighting some of our favourite places in town, and further afield, that we think are well worth a visit.
Most guests eat out in the evening, so we'll start with some of the restaurants in town, prices quoted are for 2 courses per person
Always check the websites for opening hours, and we recommend always reserving a table, Oswestry gets strangely busy at times, even midweek.
On Sunday and Monday nights it can be harder to find a place to eat out, try Prezzo (Open Sunday and Monday) and Ambers Pizza (Closed Monday) and if things get desperate, you can always bring a takeaway back and we'll happily provide cutlery and plates, and do the clearing up too.
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Modern/traditional/bar food/fine dining. Everything from cocktails to coffee in a beautiful contemporary setting. Small plates (as in tapas style), burgers, wood fired pizzas and a few exotic choices on the bar menu, A great lunch menu with Friday and Saturday nights seeing a more varied a la carte menu available too. Only let down by the poor vegetarian options.
Around £25 a head without drinks.
Lovely family run Italian restaurant set in a converted chapel. Pizzas, pasta, risottos, chicken, steak, all the usual suspects. They also do a fantastic Italian afternoon tea (needs to be booked ahead, availability tends to be Saturday only) which is worth experiencing. Good veggie pizzas.
Around £15 - £20 a head without drinks.
Homemade dough and mozzarella from an Organic Dairy Farm in the UK makes for a fine meal. They promise seasonal sides, craft beers and irresistible homemade desserts, frankly, we're in! Also open lunchtimes and until 8pm on Sundays (last orders around 7pm). A refreshingly small but perfectly formed menu with more veggie and vegan options than elsewhere. Try the squash, harissa and sage option and rethink your attitude to pizzas!
Around £10 - £15 a head without drinks.
Modern Italian chain. Pizzas, pasta and salads in a lovely roomy setting. A great choice on a Sunday evening when many other places are closed. A great option if you have Tesco Clubcard points to use. OK for veggie and vegan choices.
Around £15 - £20 a head without drinks.
Tams Noodle Bar 01691 238156 No need to phone to reserve a table.
Tams is not the place to go for fine dining and sophisticated ambience, but it is the place for fantastic Thai food at ridiculously low prices, and they'll add a fried egg to almost anything for 50p! Choose a meal, choose meat, fish or tofu, and marvel how they fit so many noodles in a small carton. We love this place, try the Malaysian Rendang with tofu & mixed veg. Great range of vegan and veggie options, a lot more than just noodles on offer!
Around £7 - £10 a head without drinks, it's hard to spend a lot here!
Open Thursday to Saturday, Sebastians is Oswestry's fine dining restaurant with AA rosettes and Michelin guide forks. A fantastic place for a special occasion and a meal to remember. Their five course menu changes monthly and includes appetisers and palate cleansers too. Widely considered one of the best restaurants in Shropshire. Limited veggie options, worth phoning and discussing.
Around £55 a head without drinks.
Just a 10 minute drive from us and located in Shropshire's largest village (Officially!). According to our guests, The Keys serves proper pub classics done very well, there's chicken, fish, burgers and steaks, and a few more exotic dishes too. Never had a guest disappointed here. Sadly, the veggie options are fairly limited and unimaginative.
Around £20 a head without drinks.
One of Oswestry's two eat in Indian restaurants, Red Rose offers decent enough formula curries with a popular 4 course meal for £11.99. Go for the spicier options and avoid the milder dishes which veer into bland sweetness. The meal deal plus a couple of sides is a great idea between two people. Usual veggie/vegan options you find everywhere.
Around £12 - £15 a head without drinks.
Oswestry's oldest Indian restaurant, and the most popular. Owner George Miah received the BEM for his services to charity a while back, so well done George. Decent formula curries and a loyal customer base means Fridays and Saturdays can get busy, so book ahead. Usual veggie/vegan options you find everywhere.
Around £15 to £20 per head without drinks.
In the town centre we also have a Wetherspoons (The Wilfred Owen) and several other pubs that serve food including The Kings Head and The Griffin Inn, The Highwayman is 5 minutes drive from us and also serves classic pub food with a few interesting choices too.
Oswestry's cafe scene includes Liar Liar for artisanal coffee and tea from small scale producers together with local sweet treats, vegan cafe Fat Rabbit for drinks and light meals, Square One for continental style outside seating (with some inside seating too) and a varied menu of drinks and street style food. The Cemist (yes, that's how it's spelt) has a wide range of classic pub food, cocktails and mocktails, plus there's always a Costa in every town nowadays, and Oswestry is no exception! Hayes Kitchen at the Old School House, in the grounds of St Oswald's Church, has a great lunch menu (One of the best in town for vegetarian options) and also opens some evenings for tapas. Just up the road from them, opposite the park gates, you'll find The Old Coffee Pot with the most amazing choice of homemade cakes to die for, all made by chef Darren, who won Best Fidget Pie in a 2021 competition! Niche Patisserie is run by 2019 Bake Off The Professionals semi-finalist, Adam Cleal, and sells luxurious croissants and pastries. Lastly, our independent bookshop Booka has a cafe with a great selection of cakes, you can even buy books there too apparently!
Oswestry's pub scene is mostly centred around the high street and the pedestrianised Bailey Street. The Griffin Inn and the Fox Inn are worth a visit (be sure to look above street level for some interesting decorations on them both) and the award winning real ale pub, The Bailey Head, offers a huge selection of interesting ales and beers. Knock and Snitch is Oswestry's best kept secret, tucked away, it's a modern speakeasy and well worth a visit (If you can find it!) for their gins, craft beers and cocktails, and the secret location! The Bastion Alehouse is Oswestry's first micropub specialising in real ale and craft beers, the stuff you won't find anywhere else, in a lovely little place too.