Next stop… Shropshire!

The award-winning bus-based Real Ale Trail festival is coming to rural pubs in Shropshire on 14th September 2019 after the success of the first Trail in April! Spend a day with friends rediscovering the charm of quintessential English pubs and unique real ales, without having to worry about who’s driving! The Shropshire bus based real ale trail takes you off the beaten track to some of the best pubs, found in the villages and towns dotted around Shropshire County.

Shropshire has a long tradition of brewing, and today has 19 microbreweries brewing a range of styles. The Shropshire Real Ale Trail is a great way to sample these local ales, which often can only be found in pub local to the brewery.

Taking the scenic route to Real Ale.

Enjoy a day out with friends without needing a designated driver! Our dedicated buses arrive every 30 minutes at each pub to pick you up and drop you off between 11 am and 10 pm, giving you the freedom to stay as long or as little in each pub.

Stopping at Shrewsbury and Wem, as well as other smaller villages like Loppington and Hodnet. 8 pubs, are currently signed up for the trail, serving up delicious quality ale, home-cooked food with a warm welcome to boot.

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

Shropshire Real Ale Trail

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The trail is designed for the more mature person who is wanting a jolly day with friends, we don’t advise trying to reach every pub on the trail, that’s rather a full day on the bus, but rather selecting a few pubs that take your fancy.

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Frequently asked questions

How much are tickets online? £15.75 pp (online), £15pp (in the pub)

What time does it start & finish? 11 am to 10pm.

Where do I buy a  ticket from? Here or at your local pub.

When do I need to catch the bus? Whenever you want between 11 am and 10pm. A timetable will be available, but usually every 30 to 45 minutes a bus will appear at a pub. If you want to miss it and get the next one, you can do. Just leave enough time to get to all the pubs you want to visit.

Where do I catch the bus? From all participating pubs.

What do I do when I want to go home? No problem. Jump on the bus to take you back to where you started.

Can I drink on the bus too? Nope. The bus is just for transport and singing not for drinking.

Can I go back the way I came? Err no. The bus travels in one direction only.

What happens if a bus doesn’t come? There is always lots of buses on route, there is never not a bus. One will always turn up.

Is there a timetable? Yes on Facebook, Twitter and at each venue 1 week before the trail.

Can my dog come too? Umm its not a great place for pooches, they are best left at home due to the amount of people on the events, it can be a tad overwhelming for them.

Can my child come on the trail? No!

Have a different question? Email us [email protected]

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Shropshire Real Ale Trail will be held in September 2019 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. More pubs to be announced.

Bricklayer Arms • Shrewsbury

The Bricklayers Arms, Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, UK

The Bull • Rodington

The Bull, Rodington, Shrewsbury, UK

Ugly Duckling • Long Lane

The Ugly Duckling, Long Lane, Telford, UK

The Tiddly • Ellerdine

Royal Oak - The Tiddly, Hazles Rd, Telford TF6 6RL, UK

The Bear • Hodnet

The Bear At Hodnet, Drayton Road, Hodnet, Market Drayton, UK

Fox Inn • Wem

Fox Inn, High Street, Wem, Shrewsbury, UK

Dickin Arms • Loppington

Dickin Arms, Loppington, Shrewsbury, UK

Red Lion • Bomere Heath

32 Shrewsbury Rd, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury SY4 3PD

Bricklayers Arms • Shrewsbury

A Joules brewery tap, The Bricklayers Arms has all the features you’d expect from a Joule’s pub – wooden floors, fireplaces and stain glass windows and of course, great Real Ale brewed in nearby Market Drayton. Famous for making some of the best sausage rolls in Shrewsbury, a perfect combination with Real Ale from Joules.

The Bull • Rodington

Recently under new ownership, by the same team behind The Malthouse, Swan and Smoke, both in Ironbridge and The Last Inn, Newport. This village pub has just reopened after a refurbishment. Now serving 3 Real Ales, including pub exclusive ale – The Bull, specially brewed for the pub.

Ugly Duckling • Long Lane

A pub with rooms. The Ugly Duckling combines the best of old and new. Expect to see exposed timber, brickwork and other original features, but is still modern. Serving 4 rotating real ales.

The Tiddly • Ellerdine Heath

A Cracking little pub hidden away in the countryside, this friendly rural community pub welcomes locals and visitors alike. Six handpulls dispense three regular beers and up to three guests from local breweries.

The Bear • Hodnet

Set in the historical village of Hodnet, with links to the Holy Grail. The Bear has many secrets of its own – a former Bear Pit located under Wilfred’s retreat in the pub, and has many secret passageways leading to the village and Hodnet Hall. Serves 4 cask ales usually from local microbreweries.

Fox Inn • Wem

One of only 3 freehouses in Wem, this cosy pub serves 3 local real ales alongside delicious pub grub.

Dickin Arms • Loppington

Reopened in 2017 after refurbishment. This modern country pub serves 4 local real ales. Set in the small village of Loppington, home to the only surviving bull ring in Shropshire, which can be seen from the pub window. The bull Ring is in the middle of the road (looking towards the War Memorial), and was used for the sport of bull baiting until the practice was banned in 1835.

Red Lion • Bomere Heath

Traditional pub serving 4 real ales from Joules brewery with the landlord, Sparky once voted the friendliest Landlord in Shropshire.