Award-winning Real Ale Trail is returning to Cheshire in 2020!

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 new explore pubs ales and food you’ve never tried before all without the worry of driving.

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Taking the scenic route to Real Ale…

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.


All Aboard!

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.

Stopping at Middlewich, 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.

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The very first South Cheshire Real Ale Trail took ale enthusiasts to 8 rural pubs. Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friends.

Next Trail will be on 4th April 2020. Here are the pubs announced so far…

Egerton Arms • Astbury

Egerton Arms Country Inn, Astbury, Congleton, UK

The Bulls Head • Smallwood

The Bulls Head, Newcastle Road, Sandbach, UK

Crown Inn • Goostrey

Crown Inn Goostrey, Main Road, Goostrey, Crewe, UK

Old Red Lion • Holmes Chapel

The Old Red Lion, Holmes Chapel, Crewe, UK

The Coachman Hotel • Hartford

The Coachman Hotel, Chester Road, Hartford, Northwich, UK

Crown Inn • Goostrey

Crown Inn Goostrey, Main Road, Goostrey, Crewe, UK

Big Lock • Middlewich

The Big Lock, Webb's Lane, Middlewich, UK