Wirral Real Ale Trail

9th June 2018

The Wirral’s Real Ale Trail has been a huge hit with Ale lovers over the last 2 years. The unique bus based moving festival tours great pubs and micro breweries by shuttle-bus around the Wirral all day. Shortlisted for Event of the Year 2016 by Wirral Tourism Awards.

All Aboard!

Wirral RAT

From traditional seaside locations to rural country pubs, the Wirral Ale trail has a uniquely diverse selection of pubs and venues with one thing in common, great Real Ales. All of the pubs have great ale at the heart of what they do.  Don’t you worry about how to get to all these pubs as the event is set up so you don’t need to drive and allows you to concentrate on one thing, enjoying the hospitality and your friends along with our Great British Ale.


The next Wirral’s bus based Real Ale Trail Festival will be in June 2018 and we will be visiting 10 of the best pubs on the Wirral. Sample unique ales some of which are just brewed for the trail – but don’t worry, the pubs also support local Gin makers, cider and lots of other bar drinks too.


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Pubs on the Wirral Real Ale Trail

Queens Royal • New Brighton

Marine Promenade, Wallasey CH45 2JT

Cheshire Cheese

Wallasey Village, Wallasey CH44 2DH, United Kingdom

Ship Inn

Market Street, Wirral CH47 3BB, United Kingdom

Irby Mill

Mill Lane, Greasby CH49 3NT, United Kingdom

Anchor Inn

Thurstaston Road, Irby, Wirral CH61 0HA, United Kingdom

Harvest Mouse

Pensby Road, Heswall CH60 7RQ, United Kingdom

Devon Doorway

Telegraph Road, Heswall CH60 2SA, United Kingdom

Mississippi's Bar

Spital, Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Cock and Pullet

Oxton, Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Gallagher's Pub

Chester Street, Birkenhead CH41 5DQ, United Kingdom


Queens Royal • New Brighton

New Brighton’s hidden gem for ale enthusiast’s with 6 Cask Ales on tap at all times. Located on New Brighton’s recently transformed promenade, enjoy your pint and salty sea air in their great beer garden. On our first trail the sun was belting down and sitting outside in their beer garden with a cold ale was just what dreams are made of.

Cheshire Cheese • Wallasey

Cheshire Cheese pub dates from 1885, but a pub was known to be here as early as 1561. The Cheshire Cheese has new owner and has been refurbished, with a good selection of Real Ale on we’re excited to welcome them on the Trail for the first time this October.

Ship Inn • Hoylake

A Real Ale pub in the heart of Hoylake, another with a gorgeous beer garden, a delicious new menu, sports and live music.

The Irby Mill• Irby

The quintessential British Country pub, small rooms and traditional features make you feel you’ve gone back in time. This little pubs serves great food and a good selection of ales. This pub has a car park too.

The Anchor Inn• Irby

A great village pub serving up tasty local ales, top-notch food alongside live music in stylish surroundings.

Harvest Mouse • Heswall

If you have not visited the Harvest Mouse before you will find a Windmill and not a mouse that greets you on arrival. Its a modern traditional style pub that serves local cask ales as well as home cooked food.

The Devon Doorway • Heswall

Devon Doorway has a stunning thatched roof and prominent location on the outskirts of Heswall village. A quintessential British village pub with a wide selection of real ales and great reputation for their home cooked food. Certainly one of the prettiest pubs on the trail.

The Mississippi Bar • Spital  

A good natured sports bar that loves their football.  The new management team have taken over and are modernising the pub as we write.

The Cock & Pullet• Oxton

Restored to its former glory, this Victorian pub boasts an avid cask ale following with the beers ranging from far and wide.

Gallagher’s • Birkenhead

A unique pub where great ale and a barbers shop are put together in an unusual but successful mix.  A lot of people embark on tend ays events from this pub and proves to be busy throughout the days events. Great transport links to the event from this pub.

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Here is to enjoying a day spent with good friends and good ale in the beautiful English Country. Bottoms up!