CHESHIRE & WIRRAL
Friday 27th to Monday 30th March 2020
· Chester (& its walls)
· Brewery Taps:
o Pied Bull
o Red Willow
· Good Beer Guide and National Inventory pubs,
· Anderton Lift & Cruise
· Wirral Transport Museum & Tram Ride
· Macclesfield (& its pubs)
The Wirral? Yes there’s far more to that peninsula than Birkenhead
After feedback and recent initiatives in recent programmes this tour has more time in nice pubs, as well as some usual brewery visits with ample time to properly “do things” in our base city.
FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 2020
A departure at 11.10 from London Euston to Chester will arrive in time for lunch (after booking in at the hotel) at the Deva Tap (GBG) once home to the famed Chester Cocoa Rooms, of which there were 18 trying to expand abstinence around the city. In the Tap a ploughmen’s plate (of food) will be served along with your first pint. When everyone is done here, we shall walk (or bus) into the city to The Pied Bull brewpub to sample some of their wares and hopefully meet the brewer. Thereafter time is yours. It is about a 10 minute walk back to the hotel but plenty of buses make the journey to the station.
SATURDAY 28th MARCH
This is our Wirral day and begins by leaving the hotel at 09:30 in
our private 35 seat coach for the first stop of the day at Brimstage Brewery
located in a farm building conversion. 75 minutes will be spent here to enjoy
the chat and their beers. Then we make use of the Wirral Motorway to reach
After this stop it will be time for lunch which we shall take in Gallaghers Traditional Pub (GBG), A typical Liverpudlian dish of Scouse will be provided for us along with a beer from their large range. “Scouse” is the local name for a Hotpot of beef and veggies. Any non-meat eaters can be provided with a “blind Scouse”.
At 1430 we shall head for the historic tram nearby to take us to the
SUNDAY 29TH MARCH
A leisurely plan today begins at 0950 by coach from the hotel to
Northwich and a visit to the “Cathedral of the Canals”, the Anderton boat
Lift. Since being in the jurisdiction of the Canal & River Trust it has
expanded considerably and now sports a very interesting Visitor Centre as
well as a collection of 1950s slot machines – which can be played! Our visit
includes a short cruise at 1045 from river level which then ends with a lift
up to sluice level ending about 1130. We shall depart at 1235 and head for
Frodsham for a sandwich lunch and drink stop at the Helter Skelter, an
award-winning GBG pub. There will be time after lunch for a visit to the
nearby Sam Smith pub for those aficionados amongst you. Next we shall move to
MONDAY 30TH MARCH
The final day will begin at 0930 after your luggage has been stowed in
our 49 seat coach, firstly heading east to Sutton Weaver and the Chapter
Brewery. During the research visit the interesting brewer revealed he lives
on a narrow boat berthed in
Next we move down the hill to the famous Waters Green street adjacent
to Macclesfield station, which we first visited in 1979! Then there were five
good pubs in the area and today there are still four. Your hot lunch will be
found at the GBG Waters Green Tavern – a very long entry in the GBG with a
good selection of ales. Our final official visit is possible only with the
willing consent of the Red Willow brewery team as their Tap will be opened
specially for us from 1530. Your final first included pint will be available
here along with their range of real ales. It is a shortish walk from there to
Macclesfield station for Aventi (the new name for West Coast) and Cross Country
trains home from around 1730. The cheapest will be at 1856 due
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
The cost of this tour should not exceed £455 single occupancy and £425 twin/double with three nights B&B at The Queen Hotel with (optional at extra cost) dinner. A wine & two-course food package is usually offered for £20.
Items included are:-
· Five brewery/tap visits
· Seven first pints in pubs
· Lunches on all four days
· Three days’ coaching
· Anderton Lift visit and cruise
· Wirral Transport Museum and tram rides
· Service and VAT at current rate;
· IPP financial insurance cover;
· Crookham Travel courier throughout.
· (Optional) standard class rail travel from and to London available at cost (if requested and booked by CT). Currently +/- £46-50 return using railcard.
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE
In order to be sure of securing rooms prompt booking is recommended.
Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £150 per
person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to Crookham Travel
a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at
THE QUEEN (HALLMARK) HOTEL****
City Road (opposite station), Chester CH1 3AH
Tel: 01244 318483
Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards and housekeeping is provided daily.
Very comfortable beds, free wi-fi, TV, internal garden.
Most of the arrangements have already been confirmed but some are still outstanding, so the right is reserved to amend the programme should this be unavoidable.
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