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Flintshire Real Ale Trail a big success for rural pubs

ORGANISERS of the fourth Flintshire Real Ale Trail have hailed the event a big success – and say they are already planning the next one.

More than 1,300 beer lovers – some from as far afield as London, Liverpool and Warrington – joined the bus-based Real Ale Trail to help boost trade at rural pubs.

The Flintshire Tourism Association (FTA), who organised the event, say the day was ‘exceptional’ and talks are already under way to make plans for the fifth ale trail in September.

Event co-ordinator Shelly Barratt said: “This was the biggest Real Ale Trail to date, it was really well supported and ran without incident.

“The rural pubs were busy all day and landlords were amazed by the support they received from the customers, who were in great spirits, really good-natured and jolly.”

Nine pubs took part in the festival: The Gold Cape, Mold; The Antelope, Rhydymwyn; The Oak, Hendre; The Pwll Gwyn, Afonwen; The Piccadilly, Caerwys; The Royal Oak, Caerwys; The Crown, Lixwm; The Black Lion, Babell; and the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn.

John Les Tomos, chairman of the FTA and landlord of The Oak in Hendre, told the Chronicle: “It was a fantastic day for me, we sold more real ales than ever before.

“The ale trail didn’t only touch these small community pubs, it also reached accommodation and food providers too, which is a great example of a community event helping with sustainable tourism.”

Bill Llewelyn, manager of Wetherspoon’s Gold Cape in Mold, added: “Each year its popularity takes us by surprise and next year the plan is to put on more buses to elevate the waiting time.”