Real Ale Trails
Explore the Real Ale Trails to discover some of Stratford's most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs and other drinking establishments. Stratford is a real ale lovers’ paradise full of pubs rich in charm and tradition.
Come and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and character by the barrelful!
All advance sale tickets for the Saturday Trail have sold out. A few remain for the Sunday Trail
A very limited number of tickets will on sale on the day of the trail on a first come first served basis, from 10am at the Stratforward Site Office on festival days. CASH ONLY. The site office this year will be on the corner of Henley Street and Meer Street.
The Ale Trails are running:
- Saturday 21st September between Midday and 8pm.
- Sunday 22nd September between Midday and 10pm
Expect to visit eight or more town centre hostelries from the following: Swan Bar at Swan Theatre, The Bear Freehouse, The Dirty Duck, The Garrick Inn, The Golden Bee, The Lamplighter, No44 Brasserie, The Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford Alehouse, The Townhouse.
Trails will be different on each day.
£5 per ticket. Non-Refundable
You will receive a souvenir Festival Ale Trail glass (1/3 pint), and a ticket which includes a map of your Real Ale Trail with a list of ales and descriptions. Then stroll through town and sample the selection on offer - you don't need to stick to the order on the map - its up to you!
Vote for your favourite Ale and you could be a winner!
When to collect?
Ale Trail tickets with the trail map will be available for collection before the Festival: between 10am and 5pm on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th. At the Stratforward Office, 10-11 Sheep Street (above the Wildwood Restaurant), CV37 6EF
Or at the Festival between 10am and 2pm from the Stratforward Event Office on the corner of Henley Street and Meer Street.
What is Real Ale?
Real Ale is cask conditioned or bottle conditioned beer - after the beer has been brewed and conditioned at the brewery it is loaded into casks and sent straight to the pub. It is not filtered or pasteurised like most lagers and keg beers.
But does it make any difference? Yes! Filtering removes half the flavour and taste, and pasteurising removes the other half, so lagers and keg beers have taste removed unlike real ale which is packed full.