Beer and Buses: Spring Wrexham Real Ale Trail

Beer and Buses: Spring Wrexham Real Ale Trail
A Tanat Valley Optare Versa V1110 registered SP58 DPE at the Trevor Arms in Marford.Tom Harrison

Contributors Tom Harrison and Macauley Pugh joined the Wrexham Real Ale Trail on Saturday 28th April 2018, touring some of the finest ale establishments Wrexham has to offer.

On Saturday, myself and fellow contributor to this blog, Macauley Pugh went to Wrexham to take part in the popular Wrexham Real Ale Trail. The transport was provided by three Optare Versa buses from Tanat Valley as well as a supplementary Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12B coach provided by Owen’s Coaches to provide a half-hourly timetable.

Many of the pubs along the route serve real ale and some of them even put on special food menus for the occasion. The Wrexham Real Ale Trail route takes you from the urban centre of Wrexham town out into the Welsh countryside to visit great rural pubs. Stopping off in some picturesque villages such as Bwlchgwyn – the highest village in Wales.

On our visit, we visited eight of the nine ‘main’ pubs on the trail. Starting at the Saith Seren in Wrexham town centre we then called at the Black Lion in Bersham, following on with the Kings Head in Bwlchgwyn, the Trevor Arms in Marford, the Nags Head in Lavister, the Peal O’bells in Holt, the Buck House Hotel in Bangor-on-Dee and the Red Lion in Marchwiel, missing out only the Nags Head in Ridelywood.

In contrast, I’ve done the Wirral Real Ale Trail a few times by this company, although I’ve not managed to the Wrexham one before. It was a pleasant change to visit a variety of pubs that I wouldn’t have normally visit. It’s an ideal opportunity to sample locally produced Real Ales, food and entertainment with friends and even strangers on the Trail. You can hop on and off the Real Ale shuttle buses as many times as you like between 12 noon and 11 pm.

Check out the Real Ale Trail website to find one near you, they’ve got quite a few centred around North Wales. A new addition for 2018 is the Cardiff and The Vale Trail, which I hope to make some time in my busy diary to come along for their next one in September. I’ll be sure to keep all our followers updated on social media in the coming months in regards to upcoming events.

Tom Harrison
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