July/August Real Ale Meet Ups

July  – This month’s meet up will actually take place on Saturday 3rd August.  We will be visiting Connoisseur Brewery in St Helens and will be catching the 11:45 train from Lime Street.  Those who would like breakfast beforehand please meet in the North Western Wetherspoons from 10:45. The Brewery has an open day on the first Saturday of each month and has a good selection of dark and light real ales and also the famous Burchall’s pork pies are available.  If time allows we will also visit the Cricketers Pub.

August  – We will be meeting on Friday 30th August from 12:00 in The Captain Alexander opposite James Street Station.  This is the latest new Wetherspoons to open in Liverpool.  Note the earlier meeting time, this is so we can hopefully get enough tables together for us all!  From here we will visit a few other real ale pubs in the area.


Real Ale group – June

A return to Chester on another sunny afternoon.  Lunch in Wetherspoons ‘Bull and Stirrup’ before trying 2 Sam Smiths pubs, The Old Boot and The Falcon.  Nice clean and traditional bars with a great pint of bitter for £2.  Finally The Cellar, a more modern but still ‘real ale’ option. A great afternoon and home by 6.

Real ale group – May

After a quick lunch in Blacklers  ‘Wetherspoons’ we headed for the Pen Factory. It has  a nice airy space inside with a brick building surrounded courtyard outside, which, in bright sunshine was perfect for our group. Then on to The Grapes and finally The Dispensary.  Another really easy afternoon and home by 6.

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June Real Ale Day Out

This month on the 28th June we will be going to Chester.  To make the most of the day we will be taking the 11:01 train from Maghull Station (or 10:57 from Maghull North).  We are due to arrive in Chester at 12:11 and we will then walk towards the centre and have lunch and beers in The Square Bottle (Wetherspoon).  From here there are many great pubs including Ye Olde Boot Inn, Brewery Tap, Cross Keys and Pied Bull to name just a few! On the walk back to the train station we can visit The Cellar and The Deva Tap both new micro pubs. Cross fingers for good weather but either way it will be a top day out!

Real Ale April/May Meet Ups

Please note our April meet up will be on 3rd May in Formby and Freshfield.  We will be catching the 1201 train from Maghull Station and will alight at Formby.  We will make our way (walk or circular bus) to The Lifeboat (Wetherspoons).  We can have lunch here and a couple of pints and then move on to the Freshfield and the Beer Station (next to Freshfield Station).  As usual if anyone is running late please call my mobile 07801656570 and find out where we are.  May’s Meet Up will be on Friday 31st, details to follow.  Cheers, Sue

March Real Ale Meet Up

Having travelled to St Helens on our February meet up (photos below), this month we will be staying a bit closer to home. On 22nd March will be visiting the Ship Inn and Kings Arms in Haskayne and then the Scotch Piper, Weld Blundell and finally finishing in Maghull Cask. We will catch the 300 bus which passes the Alt around 12 noon. I will be catching the 1207 by High Pastures and we will alight in Haskayne and walk the short distance to the Ship Inn where we can have lunch. We will aim to arrive at Maghull Cask for opening time at 4pm



February Real Ale Outing

On Friday 22nd February we will be having our Real Ale Meet Up in St Helens.  We will be catching the 1136 train from Lime Street Station.  If you would like to have a spot of breakfast first please meet around 1045 in the Wetherspoon’s North Western pub situated in Lime Street Station.

After alighting at St Helens Central we will make our way to the Cricketers calling in at the famous Birchall’s Pie Shop to buy supplies (bring a carrier bag as the juice gets everywhere!)

Hope to see you all then.  Sue

Real Ale January Meet Up

Firstly happy New Year to you all and let’s hope we have as good an attendance at meet ups this year as 2018! This month we will be meeting on 25th January from 1230 in the Lime Kiln.  We can also have a bite to eat here and then move on to the Head of Steam on Hanover Street.  We can then take a short walk to the Carnarvon Castle, then the Richmond and Wetherspoon’s The Welkin.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Real Ale Nov/Dec Meet Ups

23rd November – meet from 1230 in the Court Leet, Ormskirk. Please note this is a week before the usual last Friday. We will also visit the Railway, Tap Room No 12 and the Cricketers.

21st December – this will be our Christmas gathering. Please meet from 1pm in the Frank Hornby. We can have lunch here as well as a few pints! Around 3.30pm we will make our way to Maghull Cask and enjoy the real ale on offer. If you intend coming along it would be helpful if you could text me on 07801 656570. Cheers Sue