The launch has happened and you can start to take in Manchester’s first ever Heritage Ale Trail!
Curated by Mark West, owner of two of the venues you can enjoy in The City Arms and The Britons Protection, he has teamed with local brewery Robinsons of Stockport to offer what he deems to be an ale trail with a difference. He says that ”the premise is simple: as real ale fans journey through the trail they will collect a stamp in every pub (once they have purchased a pint). Participants that complete the ale trail and collect all of the stamps will win a free Heritage Trail t-shirt and a special discount of Robinsons award-winning Brewery Tours in Stockport”.
So instead of the usual 10+ that you would normally see on similar pub crawls, this one offers you 5 of some of the Manchester’s cultural icons, with a small walk between some that takes in the sights of the Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Central and Central Library. It’s all about the heritage that Manchester offers, all while being invited to enjoy a pint with friends and family in institutes such as Circus Tavern, which is the smallest bar in Europe (you need to see it to believe it!) and dates back to 1840, The City Arms at over 200 years old and used to be a weaver’s cottage, as well as the Vine Inn which credits itself from the 1860’s.
Also on the trail include the Town Hall Tavern, which as the name suggests, come hand in hand with Manchester Town Hall and offers a hidden gem for sure, and finally The Britons Protection which has stood since 1806 and offers over 300 whiskies to its name. Well, would be rude not to before you head home!
Robinson’s have supported the Heritage Ale Trail, and you can enjoy the likes of Unicorn within the City Arms, or the ever popular Dizzy Blonde in the likes of Town Hall Tavern and Vine Inn. With the chance to grab a t-shirt after all 5, as well as discounted trips to Robinsons Brewery, it’s not a bad reward for enjoying what is essentially Manchester in all its form and glory.
For more information, visit www.manchesteraletrail.co.uk
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