Popular Real Ale festival Returns with 2 New Pubs & a microbrewery!

The Real Ale Trail returns to the Glamorgan countryside on 6th April to give designated drivers across the land a day off. We take real ale lovers off the beaten track to discover rural pubs and one special microbrewery, with all the transport between venues taken care of. Dedicated Real Ale Trail buses arrive every 30 minutes at each venue between 12noon and 10 pm. Allowing you and your friends to have a great day out enjoying local real ales, food and live entertainment.

We like to mix things up a bit, the venues and the real ales available on the Trail are always changing, so there’s always something new to experience! This April’s event welcomes 3 newcomers – Fox & Hounds, Bang On Brewery and The Coach.

Fox and Hounds – Traditional Village Pub 

The newly renovated Fox and Hounds in Llanharry is passionate about serving local Real Ales and good food. They have 5 well kept Real Ales to sample at the bar.

Bang On Brewery – Microbrewery

Based in Bridgend Bang On Brewery is a microbrewery specialising in personalised Real Ales. The trail will be visiting their taproom where you can sample their real ales a few meters from where it’s brewed! Brewing up to 11 different varieties to try.

The Coach – Bridgend Brewpub

We know Coaches and Real Ale are a winning combination, so we couldn’t resist stopping off at The Coach, a brewpub in Bridgend.  Four rotating cask ales on hand pull and a further two on gravity greet you at the bar, often serving Real Ale from local microbreweries alongside their own real ales brewed on the premises.

Pubs on the Trail

Pubs returning to the Trail include:

  • 3 Horseshoes, Moulton – a country pub with rooms (handy if you’re coming from further afield). Serving 2 real ales specially brewed for the pub.
  • Six Bells, Penmark – rural village pub with heavy wooden beams, open log fires and hints of fresh homemade food floating through the air and local ales at the bar.
  • Fontygary, Rhoose – Good pub grub to soak up their excellent choice of ales.
  • Blacksmith Arms, Llanmaes – know a thing or two about hosting beer festivals, known locally for their annual July beer festival.
  • Hare & Hounds, Aberthin – serving outstanding food and equally delicious Real Ales.
  • 1 Town Hall Square – Sister pub of The Coach and shares their passion for local Real Ales, craft beers and ciders.
“Superb day. Buses were spot on and pubs were cracking. Good selection of ales in each pub. Can’t wait for the next one.” – Chris Kokkinos

How it works…

All Aboard the Ale Trail Bus!

Our dedicated buses allow you and your friends to hop on and off as you like between 12noon and 10 pm at 8 pubs and 1 microbrewery, without needing a designated driver. Buses arrive every 30 minutes at each venue, giving you the freedom to start and finish anywhere on the route and stay as long or as little as you want.

Tickets Please!

Snap up your tickets early for £15 or get them at the pubs on the day for £18, available from all participating venues from 1st March or reserve your ticket online by clicking here! 

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The Full Line Up

You can start and finish at any venue between 12noon and 10 pm. Bus timetables will be available at the pubs and on our Facebook and Twitter a week before the event.

3 Horseshoes • Moulton

Three Horseshoes, Barry, UK

6 Bells • Penmark

The Six Bells, Rhoose, Barry, UK

Fontygary Inn • Rhoose

Fontygary Inn, Fonmon Road, Rhoose, Barry, UK

Blacksmiths Arms • Llanmaes

The Blacksmiths Arms, Tyle House Close, Llanmaes, Llantwit Major, UK

Coach Inn • Brigdend

The Coach, 37 Cowbridge Rd, Bridgend CF31 3DH, UK

Bang On Brewery • Bridgend

Bang On Brewery, George Street, Bridgend, UK

Fox and Hounds • Llanharry

Fox and Hounds Inn, Llanharry, Pontyclun, UK

Hare and Hounds • Aberthin

Hare & Hounds, Maendy Road, Aberthin, Cowbridge, UK

1 Town Hall Square • Cowbridge

1 Town Hall Square, Town Hall Square, Cowbridge, UK