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We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away for THE REAL ALE TRAIL on Saturday 21st April.

Visit 10 Great Real Ale pubs across the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

What is the newest pub to open in Cowbridge?

Please read the information below to find the answer.

Tickets are worth £15 each.

To enter…
Please email your answer to with Real Ale Trail as your subject heading.

After proving a huge hit in North Wales, the Real Ale Trail winds its way to The Vale of Glamorgan this April. The organisers have unearthed some interesting pubs with over thirty outstanding ales for you to experience on their one-day bus based event.

Cardiff and The Vale Of Glamorgan is brimming with some of the best pubs a real ale drinker could wish for; with a city dedicated to real ale and a huge array of village pubs to drink in. But sampling those pubs and, most importantly those ales, presents your average real ale fan with one major problem: who’s going to do the driving?

Problem solved!
The Real Ale Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample up to ten fantastic pubs in one day without having to worry who’s going to ferry them between hostelries – and we are thrilled to confirm, and after proving a huge hit in North Wales, is coming to one special pub in Cardiff and nine others in The Vale of Glamorgan.

21st April 2018…
Real Ale Trail buses pick up and drop off at each of the pubs on the trail map every half an hour from 11am to 11pm. So dads looking for a fun day out with their friends after a busy week at work can enjoy a pint or two without worrying about driving home.

Shelly Barratt the founder of Real Ale Trail says: “This is the only event aimed at middle age men. And it always proves to be a really happy event with lots of singing on the bus, laughter in the pubs and a thoroughly great day out for the dads of The Vale.

Great atmosphere…
Each of the pubs has a unique atmosphere, a wide selection of ales (there could be more than fifty to choose from in total) and if you’re staying for the whole day – and why wouldn’t you? – finding something to eat won’t be a problem either.

Beers aside, the Ale Trail gives drinkers the opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery and wonderful villages The Vale has to offer.

This event is perfect for people that truly enjoy real ale, good pub food and enjoy spending quality time with great friends.

Pubs involved in this first ever event
* Hopbunker, Cardiff
* Three Horseshoes, Moulton
* Fontygary Inn, Rhoose
* Red Lion, Pendoylan
* 1 Town Hall Square, Cowbridge
* Three Horseshoes, Dinas Powys
* Butchers Arms, Llandaff
* Sportsman’s Rest, Peterson-Super-Ely
* Six Bells, Penmark
* Hare & Hounds, Aberthin

History of the Real Ale Trails
Ale Trails started in North Wales with a small event running twice a year to bring new people to out of the way rural pubs and the idea worked. The pubs enjoyed new found popularity and people found it easier to visit somewhere they had not been before. Now in its eighth year and proving a great success, it has paved the way for more routes, more real ales, and more events to enjoy!
Bottoms up!

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