REAL Ale Trail

24th Sept 2022


Back for it’s sixth trail, the Wirral Real Ale Trail returns on the 24th Sept to transport you to fantastic pubs, without worrying who’s driving!

We organise the route, the transport and the pubs, you enjoy the hospitality and the ales. The Wirral Real Ale Trail allows you and your friends to experience some of the best watering holes in the Wirral, chosen for their quirkiness, hospitality and of course their choice of Real Ale, all without needing a designated driver.

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Real Pubs with Real Ale…

The next Wirral’s bus-based Real Ale Trail Festivals are in May & September each year and we visit great pubs, some you would describe as proper ol’ boozers, some more beer garden alfesco orientated, and sometime we include the Brewery tap rooms too.    Each trail changes its never the same so there is always new pubs and ales to enjoy.

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 Wallasey, Greasby, Irby, Oxton, Bebington and Birkenhead.

Wyre Forest Real Ale Trail

On the Trail of Real Ale & Quirky Pubs

With unusual stop-off points there’s bound to be at least one or two hostelries you’ll be making a return trip to.

All pubs are 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.

What Ale Trailers said about the day…

“It was a fabulous well organised day than you.x Kathy Thompson May 21st 2022

“If you haven’t done it then do it. It’s a great way to see some of Wirral’s finest pubs and enjoy a great day out with your friends. The more the merrier.” Andrew Hurley.

“First time “On the trail” yesterday and we absolutely loved it !! Great weather, cracking beers, pubs made great efforts to make sure we had a good time and the buses between the pubs got funnier and funnier as the night went on. Met some cracking people who were just out to have a great day and a good laugh as we were. Cannot recommend it enough.” Dave Moore.

Find over 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 Glen Affric, Peerless, 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!
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The Real Ale Trail returns to the Wirral  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.

Cock and Pullet • Oxton

Cock and Pullet pub dates back to at least 1850. Reopened with new owners in December 2018. They will be serving a cracking list of ales on the trail, including Pedigree, Yorkshire Blonde and Black Mass!

The Stork • Birkenhead

Not touched by time the Stork has a wow art nouveau entrance and is only a 5 minute walk from Hamilton Square train station. This very old pub has the original tiled interior, its wooden floored, and has kept the multi rooms, it’s a classic old boozer and a beacon for people who appreciate real ale in old world surroundings.

The Coach and Horses • Greasby

This pubs dates back over 300 years and is in the heart of the village of Greasby. The Coach and Horses is as traditional as you can get and that goes for the ales they sell.

Farmers Arms Frankby

New to the trail, and newly opened with new management this old pub khas been transformed. It’s the first time we have visited this pub and it has just been taken over by Jay and his team.

The Saddle Club • Prenton

They call themselves Wirral’s best kept secrets, as they are tucked away at the top of Roman Road, Prenton.

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. This pub has a car park too.

The Ship Inn• Hoylake

Known for serving great Ale The Ship has been a favourite of ours for a while. Always a warm welcome and great atmosphere.

Glen Affric Brewery Taproom  • Birkenhead

New to the trail the Tap room is located directly inside the brewery, the taproom is a great place to sample all  30 beers on taps.

The White Lion • West Kirby

New to the Trail this year The White Lion is a welcome addition to our real ale pubs on the route. A little quirky and laid out over several different levels with lots of cosy nooks to sit in or enjoy the beer garden at the back.

The Saddle Club • Prenton

New to the Trail this year the Saddle Club is truly one of Wirral’s best kept secrets, tucked away at the top of Roman Road, Prenton. It boasts a wide selection of traditional real ale, a large beer garden, live televised sport.

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