May 09

WIRRAL is full to the brim with some of the best pubs a real ale drinker could wish for, with its own breweries and a huge array of villages to drink in. But sampling those pubs – and most importantly, that ale – presents your average real ale fan with one major problem: who’s going to do the driving? Until now……

The Real Ale Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample up to 10 fantastic pubs in one day without having to worry who’s going to ferry them between hostelries – and we are thrilled to confirm that it is coming to the peninsula after proving a huge hit in Flintshire, Wrexham and Snowdonia.

Real Ale Trail Shuttle buses pick up and drop off at each of the pubs on the trail every half an hour from 11am to 11pm, so dads looking for a fun day out with their mates after a busy week at work can enjoy a pint or two without worrying about driving home.

The best thing about the Ale Trail, though, is the price. A ticket for the bus costs just £10 in advance (£12 on the day) and includes as many journeys in between pubs as you can fit in between 11am to 11pm (12 hours).

Each of the pubs has a unique atmosphere, a wide selection of ales (there are more than 50 to choose from in total) and if you’re staying for the whole day – and why wouldn’t you? – finding something to eat won’t be a problem either.

ticketHoylake Lights is well known for its fantastic breakfast, while The Anchor in Irby has a magnificent menu to accompany its bevy of brilliant beers. 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.

The trail even takes in Wirral’s very own micro-brewery Peerless, with owner Steve offering guided tours as well as the opportunity to drink some of his award-winning ales at source.
Beers aside, the Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery, wonderful villages and crisp seaside air Wirral has to offer, with the bus taking in Spital, Irby, New Brighton, Hoylake and West Kirby.
The trail is about introducing people to new places and pubs ideally so you can return under your own steam with friends and family another day.



The first Wirral Real Ale Trail takes place on Saturday June 4.

Pubs on the Trail: Hoylake Lights, Hoylake; The Tap, West Kirby; The Anchor, Irby; Mississippi Bar, Spital; The Refreshment Rooms, Rock Ferry; Peerless Brewery, Birkenhead; Gallagher’s, Birkenhead; Stage Door Tap, New Brighton; Mockbeggar Hall, Moreton; The Plasterers, Hoylake.

You can buy tickets from any participating pubs or buy them here online

If you would like more information please email the Ale Trail Organisers Shelly & Matt