Eight pubs to celebrate return of The Wirral Ale Trail

Mark your calendars for a day of camaraderie and especially made ales as the bus-based Wirral Real Ale Trail returns on Saturday, 16 September 2023 travelling to some of the best boozers in the Peninsula.

The Wirral Ale Trail in its 8th year is celebrated for its idea of visiting off-the-beaten-track pubs that serve great ales, without having to organise transport.

The year also marks a new transport partnership with Selwyns Travel from Runcorn who said, “We are really pleased to partner with the Real Ale Trail Company.

“Transporting people is at the heart of our business and it is great to work with an event that brings do many benefits to the immediate area.”

The Wirral Real Ale Trail is all about showcasing the pub heritage of the Wirral Peninsula through a selection of eight remarkable venues chosen for their ales, locations, and attitudes towards great hospitality.

Attendees hop on the buses which circuit the pubs all day and they get to savour a medley of the best real ales the Wirral has to offer; the offering will be different in every pub as will the music and food.

You can start at any of the pubs but the buses start the event at The Stork, in Birkenhead at 11am. This is a great starting pub especially if you’re getting to the trail by train, then off to the Coach & Horses, Greasby, The Ship Inn, Hoylake, The White Lion, West Kirby, The Farmers Arms, Frankby, The Irby Mill, Greasby, The Cleveland Arms, New Ferry, the Glen Affric Brewery, in Birkenhead and back to complete the loop at the Stork in Birkenhead.

Dan who has owned the Coach & Horses for the last two years said, “We love to be involved in the Wirral Ale Trail.

“This event brings hundreds of people from all around the peninsula through our doors who may not have otherwise heard of us before. Having been part of the trail before, we have seen people coming back after the event as they really enjoyed the pub and that is what the event is all about.”

Shelly Barratt, Real Ale Trails Founder said, “Meeting up with friends and heading to the pub is part of our culture it’s who we are as a nation, but recent environmental forces have made everything a little trickier to do this.

“The Wirral trail is always well attended, people understand that it is made to support the local pubs and because of this we have a great returning customer base who are pretty upbeat cheery group’.

More than just an excuse to raise your tankards, the Wirral Real Ale Trail is an invitation to bask in the region’s charming hospitality. Crafted for those aged 24 and above, both men and women can enjoy a day out whilst leaving the driving to someone else for a change. “The Ale Trail is always a great excuse for me to gather my mates that I admittedly don’t get to see often enough and laugh until our bellies hurt,” said David Gwilt.

Ticket Information: Tickets are priced at £25 when purchased in advance. For those who prefer spontaneity, tickets will also be available for £30 on the day of the event. Secure your spot online at https://realaletrail.co.uk/product/wirral-real-ale-trail-tickets-16-september-2023/

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