REAL Ale Trail

23rd April 2022

Next Event April 2022

Humans getting together over a beverage is core to our existence and that’s why we will return happier than ever this 2022. The pandemic taught us how much we missed meeting up in the pub with friends and we are looking forward to celebrating in the pubs and enjoying the new style of ales.  A big thanks to the vaccine makers for making events happen. All aboard!

We’ll see you in the beer garden!

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We are bringing our award-winning Real Ale festival to great rural pubs in Cheshire. This one day moving Real Ale festival takes you to hand-selected Real Ale pubs dotted around the Cheshire countryside by shuttle buses that circuit all day long, so there’s no need for a designated driver. The pleasure of the festival is certainly being able to explore new pubs new ales and food without the worry of driving, and all this with good friends.


How to be safe and enjoy the trail

To keep our publicans, bus drivers, and fellow ale trailers safe from the spread of covid. We would like you to consider the following guidelines for this event if you would.
  • If you suffer any symptoms of covid please don’t attend the trail.
  • We expect you will take a negative test the morning of the trail.
  • We expect you will wear a mask on the shuttle bus out of respect for fellow passenger.
  • And of course be mindful of social distancing.
  • But most all enjoy time with your friends in great locations.


Rediscover the charm of the quintessential English country pub, without needing a designated driver!

The brewing industry is diverse. Whether it’s cask or keg, real or craft ale the choice for the discerning beer drinker has never been better and we know they are best served in a pub!

There’s no better area to explore this diversity than in Cheshire which boasts an array of independent brewers concentrating on producing beer for taste, not volume. Just one thing stands in the way of an ale drinker and his pint in the countryside… a designated driver. We organise the transport so you can enjoy a variety of pubs and real ales.


Enjoy a day out with friends without needing a designated driver! Our dedicated buses arrive every 45 minutes at each pub to pick you up and drop you off between 11am and 10pm, giving you the freedom to stay as long or as little in each pub.

Find out more about how the trail works here!

Stopping at  Holmes Chapel and Congleton, as well as other smaller villages like Goostrey and Astbury. Keep an eye on our social media for the latest on participating venues.

Each pub is chosen for its hospitality, atmosphere and of course selection of Real Ale, usually brewed by local microbreweries! Each pub has a minimum of 3 Real Ales to try, with up to 50 Real Ales to sample on the day.

See the map below for more info on the


The Real Ale Trail returns to Cheshire 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 friends.