Manchester Heritage Ale Trail – city centre route

The ale trail is launched at the Circus Tavern
The ale trail is launched at the Circus Tavern

Stockport’s Robinsons Brewery have teamed up with five of the most historic pubs in Manchester city centre to launch Manchester’s newest ale trail.

The Manchester Heritage Ale Trail includes the Circus Tavern, The City Arms, Wine Inn, Town Hall Tavern and The Britons Protection.

Promoting intelligent consumption of quality beers, the trail seeks to give real ale fans a heightened sensory experience by focusing on quality rather than quantity.

Mark West, owner of both The Britons Protection and The City Arms, said: “For us, it’s about telling the story of Manchester’s history and its pubs, whilst enjoying some quality real ales along the way – in moderation.

“Too many of the larger ale trails get hijacked by hen and stag do’s and the excessive drinking can ruin the whole experience. This ale trail is the perfect length.

“Friends can get together, sample some fine real ales, visit some historic pubs – each over 200 years old and with their own story to tell – and go away still friends without get sloshed. That’s not what appreciating real ale is all about.”

Real ale fans can visit all five pubs where they will collect a stamp in each one.

Anyone who completes the trail and collects all of the stamps will win a free Heritage Trail T-shirt and a special discount off Robinsons’ award-winning brewery tours in Stockport.

Ben Robinson, Head of Sales at Robinsons Brewery, said “This is a great opportunity for real fans to visit five of Manchester’s most iconic pubs – each of which stocks a Robinsons’ real ale.

“We’re proud to sponsor The Manchester Heritage Ale Trail and we’re sure it will be a success.”

The Manchester Ale Trail is being launched today (March 1) and is expected to run for the foreseeable future.

To take part in The Manchester Heritage Ale Trail, simply pick up a collector card from any of the five participating pubs. For more information please visit the website.

The Manchester Heritage Ale Trail guide
The Manchester Heritage Ale Trail guide