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

Date published: 18 March 2024

Nine 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 28 March until Monday 1 April. With two Bank Holidays in that time – and more time to spend in the beer garden – what’s not to love?


Our Gracie's is one of the venues taking part in the Rochd'ale' Easter Ale Trail
Our Gracie's is one of the venues taking part in the Rochd'ale' Easter Ale Trail


Expect CAMRA’s finest beers at participating venues, including The Baum, The Flying Horse, Hoochi Koochi, Hogarths, The Pint Pot, The Regal Moon, Our Gracie’s, D’Ale House and Bombay Brew.

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

Paul Ambrose, BID Manager for Rochdale, said: "It's great that the BID is able to bring the ale trail back for its easter edition. This growing event is only possible due to the award-winning bars and pubs which continue to offer a warm welcome, and the great ale offer is backed up by knowledgeable and friendly staff.

"Previous ale trail events have shown that it draws not only locals, but those from out of town, impressed with both the fantastic real ale offer and the ongoing transformation of the town centre."

Ben Boothman, director of The Lancashire Hospitality Co-operation and the man behind participating venues The Flying Horse Hotel, The Baum, and Bombay Brew said: “I’m really excited that the popular Rochd’ale’ ale trail is returning this Easter and we look forward to welcoming guests into our venues.

“This growing event shows what can happen when town centre venues and the BID work collaboratively together. Not many beer festivals have over 100 ales on offer and it demonstrates that Rochdale town centre is really the cask ale capital of the north!"


Rob Burgess, manager of the Regal Moon
The Regal Moon is another venue taking part in the Rochd'ale' Easter Ale Trail


Rob Burgess, manager of the Regal Moon said: "Rochdale town centre is a real haven for bars and pub venues and we are so lucky to have such a great offering of chains 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. I thank the BID for organising this great event."

Post snaps of your ale trail drinks and stamps to be in with 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 2024 takes place over 28 March - 1 April 2024.

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