Award-winning bus based Real Ale festival is hitting Bangor & Caernarfon Real Ale Trail on 14th April 2018!

Spend the day visiting hand selected pubs serving locally brewed Real Ale without worrying who’s driving. We organise the transport between pubs, so you can enjoy the day with friends experiencing new ales, 8 rural pubs (1 with on-site microbreweries) and one special microbrewery that are off the beaten track.

How it works

 

Enjoy a great day out…

This unique festival will take you and your friends on a journey to find quirky pubs off the beaten track in locations set in spectacular Gwynedd countryside. We will take you along the coast of the Menai Straits and down towards rugged and beautiful countryside of Northern Gwynedd stopping off at 8 great pubs and one special microbrewery along the way.

Stopping in Bangor, Bethesda and Caernarfon as well as smaller villages like Y Felinheli and Carneddi, 8 pubs and one microbrewery are currently signed up for the trail, serving up delicious quality ale, home-cooked food and entertainment and a warm welcome to boot. 

The Arfon Real Ale Trail takes place on Saturday April 14. 

Supporting local Microbreweries

You can find a range of Real Ale from microbreweries across North Wales at the pubs on the Trail.

We are also taking you to new microbrewery, Cwrw Ogwen and  Snowdonia Parc Pub and Microbrewery .

Cwrw Ogwen in Bethesda is run by 10 volunteers and names it’s ales after famous Welsh icons such as Caradog, named after Caradog Prichard, a famous Welsh writer.

Snowdonia Parc Pub in Waunfawr, brews up to 10 Real Ales, using the finest malts and hops and brewed using clear Snowdonia water. These Real Ales are exclusively available at the Snowdonia Parc Pub and are winners of CAMRA Pub of the Year for the local region 4 years running from 2012 to 2015.

Other microbreweries in Gwynedd include: Purple Moose, Bragdy Lleu, Cwrw Llyn, Cwrw Cader, so there’s plenty of local Real Ales to try.

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Real Ale brewed in Snowdonia Parc Pub & Microbrewery, only available at the pub.

Taking the scenic route to Real Ale

All the venues on The Arfon Real Ale Trail serve delicious and locally sourced real ale from local microbreweries. We hand-select all pubs on the Arfon Real Ale Trail for their selection of Ale, quirkness and hospitality.

As ever, there is a minimum of three real ales in each pub (with at least 50 ales on the whole Trail) but if ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available and lots of atmosphere to soak up as well! 

 Hop on Board!

We organise the transport between pubs so there’s no need for a designated drive to enjoy rural pubs. The Real Ale Trail shuttle buses aim to arrive at each venue every 45 minutes from 11am to 11pm.

Remember you can hop off and on all day, and start and finish at any time at any venue on route, so all you need to worry about is where your meeting your friends.

Tickets

Tickets are £12 in  advance and £15 on the day. Available to buy from all participating pubs and online.

Tickets allow you to have unlimited travel between 11am and 11pm.

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Arfon Real Ale Trail

Hop on the Ale Trail bus.

Arfon Real Ale Trail

Friends enjoying the selection of Real Ale on the Trail.

What do I do next? 

First, buy a ticket here or at any of the participating pubs on the trail. Grab some friends who are great company and make you laugh, board the bus with your ticket (singing is not compulsory but we encourage it) and prepare to enjoy a day of quaffing local ales, sampling the food and entertainment and joining in with the singing on the bus, discussing the merits of fine ale and going home happy. Don’t forget to take some pictures too! 

A ticket gets you unlimited travel all day long, and if you are brave you can go around the route as many times as you like. From experience we might add that this is unlikely! 

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PUBS ON THE ARFON REAL ALE TRAIL

The first Real Ale Trail in Bangor and Caernarfon will be held in April 2018 and follows the same principles as all the other trails. Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friend.

The Slate • Tal y Bont

Tal-y-bont, Gwynedd LL57 3UR, United Kingdom

Also known as Y Llechan, this recently refurbished pub and hotel. Find locally brewed Real Ale at the bar.

Patrick's Bar • Bangor

57-59 Holyhead Road, Bangor LL57 2HE, United Kingdom

Featured in the Good Beer Guide 2016. Patrick’s Bar is an Irish themed bar, which serves 4 Real Ales.

Tafarn Y Fic • Y Felinheli

Tafarn Y Fic, Bangor Street, Y Felinheli, United Kingdom

A traditional Welsh pub set in the village of Y Felinheli situated on the edge of the Menai Straits.

Anglesey Arms • Caernarfon

Harbour Front, Caernarfon, uk LL55 1SG

Located on Caernarfon’s harbour with stunning views of the Menai Straits and Caernarfon’s iconic Castle.

Snowdonia Parc Pub • Waunfawr

Snowdonia Parc Pub & Campsite, United Kingdom

CAMRA Gwynedd & Mon Pub of the Year 2012-2015. Snowdonia Parc has it’s own microbrewery, brewing up to 10 Real Ales only available at the pub.

Glyntwrog • Llanrug

Y Glyntwrog Inn, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AN, United Kingdom

A village pub, popular with locals and visitors alike.

Y Glyntwrog has a great beer garden to make the most of the Spring sunshine (finger’s crossed!)

Pant yr Ardd • Tregarth

Pant Yr Ardd, Tregarth, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4PL, United Kingdom

Pant yr Ardd is at the heart of the village of Tregarth, there’s always a warm welcome.

Serving mostly locally brewed Real Ale, with the odd international beer sometimes thrown into the mix.

Cwrw Ogwen • Bethesda

Bethesda, Bangor, United Kingdom

Cwrw Ogwen is a fantastic microbrewery, set up by 10 volunteers in Bethesda – bringing back brewing to the town for the first time in more than a 100 hundred years.

The George • Carneddi

35-37 Carneddi Rd, Carneddi, Bangor LL57 3SE, United Kingdom

The George a.k.a Y Sior known for having great locally produced Real Ale on offer.

The Slate • Tal y Bont

Also known as Y Llechan, this recently refurbished pub,A modern twist to the traditional values of a good welsh pub, and of curse locally brewed Real Ale can be found at the bar.

Patrick’s Bar •  Bangor

Patrick’s Bar is a traditional Irish bar in the heart of Bangor that has been owned by Patrick and his family since 1999! Featured in the good beer guide for 2017, this is certainly a place to get a pint or two!

Tafarn Y Fic • Felinheli

A traditional Welsh pub set in the village of Y Felinheli situated on the edge of the Menai Straits.

Anglesey Arms • Caernarfon

Located on Caernarfon’s harbour with stunning views of the Menai Straits and Caernarfon’s iconic Castle. The beautiful views and the amazing selection of ales are certainly some of its most incredible qualities!

Snowdonia Parc • Waunfawr

CAMRA Gwynedd & Mon Pub of the Year 2012-2015. Snowdonia Parc has it’s own on-site microbrewery, brewing up to 10 Real Ales only available at the pub.

Y Glyntwrog • Llanrug

A village pub, popular with locals and visitors alike. Y Glyntwrog has a great beer garden to make the most of the Spring sunshine (finger’s crossed!). Winner of CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2016, , this is a pub that knows a thing or two about real ale! The walls of the pub is adorned with pictures of the village for the past.

Cwrw Ogwen • Bethesda

Cwrw Ogwen is a fantastic microbrewery, set up by 10 volunteers in Bethesda – bringing back brewing to the town for the first time in more than a 100 hundred years. Their ales are names after famous Welsh icons. Caradog is 3.9vol is named after famous Welsh writer Caradog Prichard and Chwalfa 4.5vol which is names after the quarry strikes at Penrhyn Quarry.

Pant Y Ardd • Tregarth

Pant yr Ardd is at the heart of the village of Tregarth, there’s always a warm welcome. Serving mostly locally brewed Real Ale, with the odd international beer sometimes thrown into the mix.

The George • Carneddi

The George a.k.a Y Sior known for having great locally produced Real Ale on offer all year round.