Ban Brexit banter and bond over beer!

SINCE Britain voted to leave the European Union back in June 2016, Brexit has been driving a wedge between families, friends and colleagues like a particularly vicious family feud.

At times like these, we all need something that can bring us together, and it’s with this in mind that we have now opened the booking for this year’s Wirral Ale Trail.

The trail is the perfect opportunity to put all our Brexit arguments aside for one day at least and enjoy a good ale, good company and good gin, as this year’s Trail is taking place on World Gin Day!

That means that as well as a vast number of gorgeous ales to choose from, there will be an enormous array of delectable gins for those of us who prefer something a little more delicate to wrap our taste buds around.

What is the Ale Trail?

If you’re one of the thousands of dedicated Ale Trailers who have made our events such a success, you can skip this next part. If not, however, here’s a quick explainer of what the Ale Trail actually is.

It’s a fairly simple concept. Real Ale Trail coaches visit proper rural pubs, picking up and dropping off at each of the pubs on the trail every half an hour.

The route is littered with glorious hostelries chosen for their great attitude to hospitality and ales but you can decide for yourself which one you like the most.

You and your friends can visit as many or as few pubs as you want and stay at each one for as long as you want. It’s that simple.

As far as we’re aware, we’re the only festival which positively embraces middle aged dad dancing and singing on the bus! From experience, most Trailers enjoy spending the day having fun with their friends over a few real ales but like to remember what they talked about the next day!

Wirral Real Ale Trail 8th June 2019

The Wirral Real Ale Trail takes place on Saturday, June 8

Wirral Real Ale Trail 8th June 2019

Caernarvon Castle bar, showcasing 9 Real Ales and a Real Cider

So where are we going this year?

This year’s Wirral Trail welcomes a couple of new additions in Oxton’s Caernarvon Castle and the beautiful, specialist craft bar Scrapyard. We also welcome back many old favourites such as the Irby Mill, New Brighton’s Queen’s Royal and Hoylake’s Ship Inn.

With other stop-off points including Bebington’s Camra-decorated Rose and Crown, Wallasey’s Cheshire Cheese and Greasby’s Coach and Horses, you’re certain to find some new favourites on the trail this year.

As ever, we promise a minimum of three real ales in each pub (with at least 50 ales on the whole Trail) and there are certain to be some special gins on offer, as well as lots of atmospheres to soak up!



Pubs on the Trail

Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friends.

Queen’s Royal • New Brighton

New Brighton’s hidden gem for ale enthusiasts with six Cask Ales on tap at all times. Located on New Brighton’s recently transformed promenade, enjoy your pint and salty sea air in their great beer garden. On our first trail the sun was belting down and sitting outside in their beer garden with a cold ale was just what dreams are made of.

Cheshire Cheese • Wallasey

Cheshire Cheese pub dates from 1885, but a pub was known to be on the grounds as early as 1561.

Ship Inn • Hoylake

A real ale pub in the heart of Hoylake, another with a gorgeous beer garden, a delicious new menu, sports and live music.

Coach and Horses • Greasby

An intimate, traditional real ale pub beloved of local ale fans, with four real ales, log fires, wooden beams and panelling

The Irby Mill• Irby

The quintessential British country pub. Small rooms and traditional features make you feel you’ve gone back in time. This little pub serves great food and a good selection of ales and has a car park too.

Scrapyard• Liscard

New to the trial, pouring a rotating buffet of 24 uniquely crafted local ales, stouts and ciders.

Caernarvon Castle • Oxton

New to the trail, the Caernarvon Castle always has 10 real ales on tap and a fantastic menu to boot!

Cock and Pullet • Oxton

Returning to this April’s Trail under new management. The Cock and Pullet is a proper locals pub situated in Oxton. Decorated with photographs of old Wirral, the bar boasts 6 real ales.

Rose and Crown • Bebington

The proud winner of Wirral Camra’s Autumn 2018 Pub of the Season award, the Rose and Crown has a range of ales from its eight hand pulls, with a range of frequently changing guest ales alongside a core range of cask beers.

Gallagher’s • Birkenhead

A unique pub where great ale and a barber’s shop are put together in an unusual but successful mix. A lot of people embark on the day’s events from this pub which stays busy throughout the day. Great transport links to the event from here.


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!

Frequently asked questions

How much are tickets? £15 in advance, £18 on the day.

What time does it start & finish? 11 am to 1opm.

When do I need to catch the bus? Whenever you want between 11 and 10. 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 not for drinking.

Wirral Real Ale Trail 8th June 2019

Queens Royal • New Brighton

The Queens Royal, Marine Promenade, Wallasey, Wirral, UK

Cheshire Cheese • Wallasey

The Cheshire Cheese, Wallasey Village, Wallasey, UK

Ship Inn • Hoylake

Ship Inn Hoylake, Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral, UK

Coach and Horses • Greasby

Coach and horses, greasby

Irby Mill • Irby

Irby Mill, Mill Lane, Greasby, UK

Scaryard • Liscard

The Scrap Yard, Wallasey Road, Wallasey, UK

Caernarvon Castle • Oxton

Caernarvon castle oxton

Rose & Crown • Bebington

Rose & Crown, The Village, Bebington, Wirral, UK

Gallaghers • Birkenhead

Gallaghers Pub, Chester Street, Birkenhead, UK