Wirral Real Ale Trail

8th Sept 2018

The first Wirral Real Ale Trail, back in June 2016, was such a success that it was shortlisted for Event of the Year 2016 byWirral Tourism Awards now it’s back for its third consecutive year with 9 incredible pubs having already signed up.

Wirral RAT

Enjoy the Wirral Real Ale Trail in the sunshine.

Real Pubs with Real Ale…

The next Wirral’s bus based Real Ale Trail Festival will be on 9th June 2018 and we will be visiting 9 of the best pubs dotted around the Wirral.

The route is always changing and so is the Ale

The pubs on the Trail are always changing and so are the Real Ale that are available, so there’s always something new to experience.

Take the scenic route

Beers aside, the Trail gives real ale lovers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery, wonderful villages and crisp seaside air Wirral has to offer, with the bus taking in New Brighton, Wallasey, Hoylake, Irby, Heswall and Birkenhead.

On the Trail of Real Ale & Quirky Pubs

With stop-off points on previous trips including the New Brighton’s hidden gem the Queen’s Royal, Wallasey’s 19th century Cheshire Cheese and the Irby Mill, there’s bound to be at least one or two hostelries you’ll be making a return trip to.

If your hair’s in need of a trim, Gallagher’s in Birkenhead – another pub on the trail – puts the bar in barber’s with landlady’s daughter Samantha offering cuts and trims to gents of all ages inside the pub. It was also Highly Commended by Wirral Camra in its recent Pub of the Year awards so it’s not too shabby on the ale front either.

All pubs are hand picked for the selection of Real Ale, atmosphere and hospitality. Sample unique ales some of which are just brewed for the trail – but don’t worry, the pubs also support local Gin makers, cider and lots of other bar drinks too. Cheshire Cheese even has a dedicated Gin bar in the beer garden.

Gallagher’s Bar, Birkenhead

Find 50 Real Ales to try…

The Wirral Real Ale trail has a uniquely diverse selection of pubs and venues with one thing in common, great Real Ales. All of the pubs have great ale at the heart of what they do.

There’s no need to worry about how to get to all these pubs as the event is set up so you don’t need to drive and allows you to concentrate on one thing, enjoying the hospitality and your friends along with our Great British Ale including from local microbreweries such as Peerless and Brimstage.

As ever, there is a minimum of three real ales in each pub (with at least 50 ales on the whole Trail) but if ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available and lots of atmosphere to soak up as well!

Bottoms Up!


8 fantastic Real Ale’s are available from Irby Mill, Irby

Hop on Board!

We organise the transport between these unique pubs, so you and your friends don’t have to worry who’s driving. Buses aim to arrive at each pub every 30 minutes from 11am and 11pm.

Tickets are £15 each, available from all participating pubs and online soon.

Remeber you can start and finish anywhere on route, any time between 11am and 11pm.



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Pubs on the Wirral Real Ale Trail

Next Wirral Real Ale Trail will be held in June 2018 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 friend.

Queens Royal • New Brighton

Marine Promenade, Wallasey CH45 2JT

Cheshire Cheese • Wallasey

Wallasey Village, Wallasey CH44 2DH, United Kingdom

Ship Inn • Hoylake

Market Street, Wirral CH47 3BB, United Kingdom

Irby Mill • Irby

Mill Lane, Greasby CH49 3NT, United Kingdom

Anchor Inn • Irby

Thurstaston Road, Irby, Wirral CH61 0HA, United Kingdom

Gallagher's Pub • Birkenhead

Chester Street, Birkenhead CH41 5DQ, United Kingdom

West Kirby Tap • West Kirby

Grange Road, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DY, UK

Harvest Mouse • Heswall

164 Pensby Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7RQ, UK

Coach & Horses • Greasby

Greasby Road, Greasby, Wirral, Merseyside CH49 3NG, UK


Queens Royal • New Brighton

New Brighton’s hidden gem for ale enthusiast’s with 6 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 here as early as 1561. The Cheshire Cheese has new owner and has been refurbished, with a good selection of Real Ale on we’re excited to welcome them on the Trail for the first time this October.

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.

The Tap • West Kirby

This extremely busy and well established real ale pub is back on the trail after missing 2017. Annie and Nick offer one of the best selections of ales on the Wirral and with regular live music, famous sharing platters and a welcoming environment for our 4 legged friends, it is a great pub that cannot be missed. Situated in the heart of West Kirby, The Tap is a short walk from the beach and marina.

The Coach and Horses • Greasby

This pubs dates back over 300 years and is in the heart of the village of Greasby. This is the pubs first ale trail and with this coinciding with Celebrate Greasby Day it is sure to be a busy day for this stunning country pub. The coach and horses is as traditional as you can get and that goes for the ales they sell.

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 pubs serves great food and a good selection of ales. This pub has a car park too.

The Anchor Inn• Irby

A great village pub serving up tasty local ales, top-notch food alongside live music in stylish surroundings.

Harvest Mouse • Heswall

If you have not visited the Harvest Mouse before you will find a Windmill and not a mouse that greets you on arrival. Its a modern traditional style pub that serves local cask ales as well as home cooked food.

Gallagher’s • Birkenhead

A unique pub where great ale and a barbers shop are put together in an unusual but successful mix.  A lot of people embark on tend ays events from this pub and proves to be busy throughout the days events. Great transport links to the event from this pub.

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Here is to enjoying a day spent with good friends and good ale in the beautiful English Country. Bottoms up!