Wrexham Real Ale Trail returned with a bang! Hundreds of ale lovers braved the Welsh weather to enjoy 7 hand-picked pubs dotted around the Wrexham countryside.
The Wrexham Ale Trail aims to take you to pubs of the beaten track and aiming to breathe new life into rural and village pubs.
This year’s much anticipated event took place this Saturday 21st October and features 7 local pubs including the recently re-opened King’s Head in Bwlchgwyn and The Nag’s Head in Ridleywood. The trail transports ale enthusiasts by bus allowing them to visit each of the hand picked pubs dotted around Wrexham to sample the variety of ales on offer which include beers from local breweries Big Hand and The Plassey. Festival goers can hop on and off the bus at the following pubs between midday and 11pm: Saith Seren, Wrexham, The White Horse, Overton, The Buck House Hotel, Bangor on Dee, Nag’s Head, Ridleywood, Trevor Arms, Marford, Nag’s Head, Lavister, King’s Head, Bwlchgwyn.
The Nag’s Head in Ridleywood re-opened in August under new management after it had been closed for 12 months. New licensee, Shayne Cole, said he was delighted that the Ale Trail was helping raise the profile of rural pubs. He said: “It’s a great initiative and a good way of helping us to let people know that the pub is open gain. We’re in a very rural location and this a great way of people being able to come along and enjoy our real ales, food and entertainment without the worry of who has to drive. We’re hoping once people sample our hospitality, they’ll want to come back again.”
Across the UK, 24 pubs a week are closing their doors. The King’s Head in Bwlchgwyn, also under new management is hoping to buck that trend. It’s now the only pub left in the village after the other three closed. “Being able to be part of the Wrexham Ale Trail is fantastic for us”, said Abbie Haftavani, new licensee. “It lets people know we’re still here and open for business. It would be a real shame for the village to lose its last remaining pub.”
Happy Ale Trailers on Saturday.