The most wonderful time of year: The Great Rochd’ale’ Winter Ale Trail

Date published: 09 November 2022

It's the most wonderful time of the year – no, not THAT time – the return of The Great Rochd’ale’ Winter Ale Trail.

Rochdale is quickly gaining a reputation as the Northern powerhouse for food and drink, and with over 100 ales and ciders to be sampled over five days, it’s certainly easy to see why!

Our 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 from 16-20 November.


Ale Trail poster winter 2022



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.

Caroline Norton, of The Medicine Tap, is once again looking forward to the ever-popular event. She said: "The Rochd’ale’ Ale Trail is an event that always exceeds expectations.

"It’s a brilliant opportunity for visitors to enjoy an ale or two or several and visit the many establishments that pride themselves on serving high-quality beer. Rochdale town centre is a real haven for bars and pub venues and we are so lucky to have such a great offering of chain and independents within a short walk from each other.

"The Ale Trail is always a great event and we’re really looking forward to showcasing our chosen ales as well as welcoming drinkers both locally and from afar."

Enjoy at least one drink – it’s hard, we know – in all of the venues to collect a unique commemorative ale trail t-shirt, available in medium to XL.

Just don’t forget to collect your stamp card (available from any participating venue) and unique stamps before you head off on your merry way.

Simply collect your shirt in the last venue when you’ve finished your drink.

And you can even be in with a chance of winning a meal for two from a town centre venue: post snaps of your ale trail drinks and stamps away to either RochdaleAleTrail or email

There are five meals for two to be won, one for each day of the Ale Trail.

Ale trail stamp cards can be collected from participating venues.

The Ale Trail 2022 really is the most wonderful time of the year!

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