Enjoy a cask ale this Easter as part of the Rochdale town centre Ale Trail

Date published: 01 April 2022

Ten venues, five days and over 100 ales and ciders can only mean one thing: the return of the great Rochd'ale' Easter Ale Trail!

Rochdale town centre certainly knows a thing or two about cask ale with a host of award-winning pubs and bars offering the best of the best.

With the majority of cask ale provided by local suppliers, you won't find a better offer anywhere else – the event is even supported by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and their vision is to have quality real ale, cider and thriving pubs in every community.

Organised once again by the Rochdale Business Improvement District (BID), this year’s event will run over the Easter weekend from Thursday 14 April until Monday 18 April. With two Bank Holidays in that time – and more time to spend in the beer garden – what’s not to love?

Expect CAMRA’s finest beers at participating venues, including The Baum, The Medicine Tap, The Flying Horse, Hoochi Koochi, Hogarths, The Pint Pot, The Regal Moon, The Cask and Feather, D’ale House and Bombay Brew.

Enjoy a drink in all of the venues to collect a unique commemorative ale trail t-shirt, available in medium to XL. Simply collect your shirt in the last venue when you’ve finished your drink.


Rochd'ale' Easter Ale Trail


Paul Ambrose, BID Manager for Rochdale, said: “Rochdale’s cask ale offer has gained momentum and recognition over the last few years and it’s great that we are able to bring back the Ale Trail for the long Easter weekend.

“The impact of having such a renowned cask ale offer cannot be underestimated as it boosts footfall, it makes a significant contribution to the local economy and it is helping to change the perceptions of a centre that is transforming.

“While each of the participating pubs and bars offer something unique to their visitors, they all share the foundation of what makes them great - a warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent service and a fantastic range of cask ales and ciders.

“I also thank CAMRA for supporting this event.”

Ben Boothman, landlord of several participating venues, including the Flying Horse hotel, said: “I’m really excited about the ale trail coming back. It’s a great event in the town centre which is always very well-attended and shows what can happen when our venues work together to put on an event.

“Not many beer festivals have over 100 beers which have been especially pulled through cask engines! At the Flyer, we’re having a festival within a festival with nine local and national beers from the wood.

“These will be served from traditional wooden barrels so people have the opportunity to see if they can taste the difference between the same beer from a wooden barrel or an aluminium one.

“We’ve also got live music on from Thursday through to Sunday, so make the most of the Easter weekend with the town centre’s fantastic venues.”

Post snaps of your ale trail drinks and stamps to be within a chance of winning a meal for two from a town centre venue. There are five meals for two to be won.

Ale trail stamp cards can be collected from participating venues.

A winner will be chosen each day of the Ale Trail, so post straight away to either RochdaleAleTrail or email paul@rochdalebid.co.uk.

The Ale Trail 2022 takes place over 14-18 April 2022.

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