Visitors to Lancaster who want to find a good pub selling great real ale now have a handy guide to help them. Lancaster City Ale Trail, which is the brain child of the local branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), had its official launch at the White Cross pub on Monday night (13 October).
The concise and compact guide describes Lancaster as “one of the best locations in the country to sample and enjoy real ale”, highlighting “some of the best pubs in the city for those wishing to try carefully crafted and well looked after cask ales.”
Introducing the guide to an audience which included local publicans and brewery staff, Tim Tomlinson from the White Cross, said that the project had been ten months in the making. Its aims were twofold, he said: “to make it easy for visitors to locate the best pubs in the city, and to foreground the quality and variety of ales here.” He thanked the ten local and regional brewers who had sponsored the venture.
Chair of Lunesdale CAMRA, Anne Stewardson, said that the Ale Trail was a “celebration of wonderful pubs” and that CAMRA hoped to extend the idea beyond the city centre.
The guide includes a “Welcome to Lancaster” section which explains why the city is such a special place to visit, details of breweries whose real ales are available locally, information about the featured pubs, plus photos and a location map.