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Nag's Head, Shrewsbury

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user reviews of the Nag's Head, Shrewsbury

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Good bar staff, 5 ales on, I had pints of Three Tuns Pale Ale [nice pint] & Marlow Brewery 'Rebellion IPA' [a dark smooth ale].
alehippy - 28 Sep 2018 12:18
More consistent for a decent pint than other pubs in town.
Snarling_Mallard - 18 Jan 2018 17:01
Lovely pint here last week. Never had a pork pie this time though. Next time!
manontrain - 17 Jan 2018 22:26
Small traditional pub, pleasant attentive barmaid, friendly landlord. Good smoking area to the side. Beers indulged in were Thwaites ''Wainwright'' [well kept], Wye Valley ''HPA'' [not bad] & Titanic ''Plum Porter'' [well kept good tasty ale].
alehippy - 18 Sep 2017 19:04
Excellent recommendations from the staff led to two untried bitters being taken. If you're thinking of going here then leave room for a most excellent pork pie, pickled onions and mustard. Good jukebox with unusual selection of music.
manontrain - 14 Feb 2017 15:22
I thought this was a great bar when I came to Shrewsbury. It has a bar with a J shape when you enter with seating by the windows and further seating past the bar, the television was on when I was in but it wasn't noticeable. I noticed 5 ales when I was on with most of them being localish (the only truly local one was Three Tuns xxx from what I recall). I went for a pint of HPA by Wye Valley at 3.30 a pint and it was a pretty decent beer and well kept. This place doesn't feel tired or anything like that and it attracts young and older folk so the vibe was very pleasant I thought. I'd say this one is definitely worth checking out when in Shrewsbury.
Wezzielad - 11 Jan 2017 11:37
Old style "proper" pub that looks like a pub and attracts a lot of locals and travelling gangs of CAMRA wannabes. Propensity to deal in a lot of local fare beer-wise which is quite dull and samey, save for anything from Salopian brewery which tastes like something dreamt up in a GCSE chemistry lab and completely bolloxed by chucking a lemon tree into every brew.

Boasts some historic building framework which also makes attracts travelling hoards of nerds every now and then and is reputed to have some ghosts (yawn) which similarly attracts some ghost tours in the winter.

The only poltergeist I've come across is in the gents toilet which must contain something dead underneath - either that or it needs sorting.
Murivance - 1 Oct 2016 18:15
I popped in here for a couple of pints after football on Saturday. Good choice of ales, very friendly efficient service, and very pleasant beer garden to rear. Sorry I couldn't wait!
canarly - 8 Aug 2016 21:51
Still a decent town pub with decent ale.
Snarling_Mallard - 12 Aug 2014 18:00
This was to be the 5th and final pub of my ticking before I headed off to football but it wasn't.

7 ales displayed but not all available.

Strange galley shape pub with a couple of tight passing spots but the best bit of this place is the large secluded garden so surprising that it almost
feels like an oasis.

Busy with lunch time drinkers and football fans.

lezford - 29 Jul 2013 14:18
Ale house type of boozer. Friendly service and a well-kept pint.
wobblybob - 15 Mar 2013 21:42
Terrific find. Atmospheric old interior, friendly & beer was first class. My first visit.I'll be back!
Wilson_MacDonald - 10 Jan 2013 21:46
It remains a nice pub and is on the way from the station to the football ground making it a nice first port of call on the walk. Had a reasonable pint of Landlord (though it is becoming a bit bland generally these days) and on the return had a good pint of Ludlow Gold.
Snarling_Mallard - 26 Aug 2012 11:26
Still a nice old pub that is well suited to vertical drinking, as the 2 rooms are fairly small. The beer range was far from inspiring this time - Wye Valley Butty Bach & HPA, Taylor Landlord & Black Sheep Best were the beers. Stowford Press was the best cider choice. There are better pubs in Shrewsbury. But don't rule this one out.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jun 2012 20:53
Been 13 years since i'd last visited The Nags.Russell still the landlord ,4 ales on at 2.80 a pint which makes a change from the price i pay at home.Very busy Saturday night but with it open till 1 am there's no rush .A top pub
lowerbourneshot - 4 Apr 2012 22:06
Ale selection not so good when I popped in today. Nice outside area to side/rear, below a less well known section of the town walls.
dpaajones - 21 Dec 2011 19:56
Terrific pub with great staff and good beer (Ludlow Gold and Beacon Gold were tasted and were on top form). Friendly locals and some nice old fixtures and fittings. Try the pork pies with "wicked" pickled nions and mustard!! The pub is in a street full of little individual shops so it is just the place to have a beer while the women-folk go shopping (to be fair my wife likes her beer as well so this was fine for both of us!!). Didn't get outside as it was a chilly December afternoon but we will return sometime in the summer to enjoy the full facilities of this esxellent little boozer. Highly recommended and I will "twin" it with my local - The Nags Head in Reading.
mcroyal - 9 Dec 2011 12:09
Nice cosy little town pub which seems popular with young and old alike. The Wye Valley HPA was good
Snarling_Mallard - 27 Oct 2011 16:43
Very comfortable old pub, friendly staff and locals, interesting signs and pictures on the wall. We tried the Taylors Landlord, Hobsons Bitter and the Ludlow Gold. The Hobsons Bitter was the best of them. Make sure you have a look at the beer garden and the amazing building outside, which attract most of the customers in summer.

Roy22 - 2 Oct 2011 17:27
Can't fault this pub for the very friendly landlord and the regulars. Nice 'proper pub' feel to it (by today's trendy bar standards) and the Ludlow Gold was beautiful.
Mark_J - 30 May 2011 13:12
The best feature of this pub is the building. The ales are unispiring range from national breweries (Hobgoblins, Directors etc), the crowd is young, trendy and loud. Piped music. Walked in and straight out. No thanks.
Perry_Mason - 28 Nov 2010 18:36
What a nightmare to park around here. When you finally find a space and can admire the old buildings of Wyle Cop, it is worth it. The Nags Head is one of these fine buildings. However the interior does disappoint a little. There is a single room with a bar and staircase splitting the pub in two. The rear part has a collection of mirrors and a jukebox. Rugby was showing on the TV. The whole pub has bare floorboards. Taylor Landlord, Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Big Bang, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Hobsons Best and Hobsons Town Crier were all dispensed alongside Stowford Press cider. A nice place to sit and watch the world go by.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Nov 2010 20:31
Used to be my favorite pub in Shrewsbury when it had the Jennings Cumberland on. Doesn't seem to have this on these days, pity. Still love sitting in the front bar looking out on Wyle Cop though. Great beer garden in the back too with the unused timber frame building giving it a great atmosphere. Deuchars and Black Sheep boh good and very well kept.
Wirral_RealAlians - 22 Mar 2010 21:20
Yes, bit of a bare boarded feel to it which wouldn't be so bad if they'd had some LOCAL BEER. The Anchor Titanic wasn't a classic and beer in pubs either side were much better. Good jukebox though.
Booze_Allen - 11 Jan 2010 17:47
Hobsons Best Bitter on at the moment.
dpaajones - 22 Oct 2009 13:52
Perhaps I should have tried the beer garden, but the wood-panelled front bar seemed a bit bare and lacking in atmosphere. Four real ales on, but not a particularly inspiring selection. My pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord was OK, but nothing special. Nothing really wrong with the place, but a bit of a disappointment really, given its current high rating (7.5 from 12 users).
rpadam - 5 Oct 2009 23:50
Smallish reasonably traditional timber-framed pub on the historic Wyle Cop hill leading up to the main shopping streets.

It's got a bit of a bare-boarded ale house feel to it, although period advertising posters and prints help create some character.

Perhaps surprisingly for a pub so central, there's quite a large outside drinking garden area at the back, including a notable smoking shelter underneath what remains of an old 14th Century building.

Based on my recent mid-September visit, this is one of the few Shrewsbury pubs that doesn't appear to actively support local microbreweries. Beers on during my recent visit were TT Landlord, Black Sheep, Youngs Bitter ( does anyone still drink this any more ?) and Greene King IPA. Although the pub has been a GBG regular, I formed the view that there's not much of a real ale emphasis in this pub and neither the TT Landlord nor the Black Sheep were much good on my visit.

I'm not sure if I came in on a bad day, but given the uninspiring beer range, you might want to miss this one out.
JohnBonser - 22 Sep 2009 12:38
Geniunely traditional two-roomed local on the Wyle Cop. It's got plenty of character with wooden flooring and old advertisements etc on the walls, as well as old beams inside and out. Mostly locals but not prohibitive. The leafy beer garden is a particular draw, with an old tudor appendage to the pub to look at and lots of trees. Beer range is from the top end of the nationals, Deuchars, Bombardier, Landlord and Hobsons Bitter available on my visit, the latter was fine. Proper pub, will definitely be back.
Carlurmston - 28 Jul 2009 16:41
Nice little place in the town centre, with a smashing beer garden.

Usual taps, with Young's Bitter, however, it serves a cracking pint of Ansell's MILD, which means we always visit.
Archivist - 27 May 2009 12:49
Nice little pub surrounded by other historic buildings on Wyle Cop. The beer range wasn't too inventive when I visited, mainly the Greene King range. I had a pint of the guest beer Black Sheep Bitter, which was very good. Well worth a visit though.
ROBCamra - 5 Dec 2008 10:28
A proper pub with a top landlord. Would definitely visit there again next time I'm in Shrewsbury.
4eyedspy - 28 Oct 2008 14:49
What a lovely local pub this is with friendly staff and good ale. The garden is great with the old timbers forming an interesting smokers shelter.
gillhalfpint - 26 Mar 2008 23:25
A fine establishment with a fine Landlord. The locals can look a little intimidating if you venture in on a Fri/Sat night - but enter ye, and thou shalt be rewarded with great ales.

Beer garden is good on a summers night too amongst the 16th Century Timbers. Used to like hearing the Gay Meadow crowd cheer from across the river when they scored - which wasn't often if I'm honest...
Therealdickie - 4 Jan 2008 11:21
Went here on impulse to watch the footy one winter afternoon, and took an instant liking to the place - a good old-fashioned working man's pub with a friendly crowd and good range of both lagers and ales. Will definitely be back next time in area.
wolfsangel - 12 Mar 2007 16:50
My local and I love it. Wide range of users, good range of beers, cracking landlord and a generally nice place to have a drink.
wibbin - 15 Aug 2006 19:28

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