Ale trail: It’s time to collect the t-shirt!

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November 30, 2016 by Kay Byrne

From left to right, in The Queen's Hotel, Nigel Ace, Paul Rabaiotti, Richard Baker and Robert Jenkins. Old school chums!

From left to right, in The Queen’s Hotel, Nigel Ace, Paul Rabaiotti, Richard Baker and Robert Jenkins. Old school chums!

Our Ale Trail event around Swansea and Gower has been hailed a big success by the drinkers and publicans who took part. Taking place over October and November, the trail is now closed and we’ve counted the entries, ordered the T-shirts and made the prize draw.

The results are as follows:
Richard Hendy of Hensol won the top prize – a brewery trip for four and a meal.
Thomas Evans from Morriston won the second prize –  a brewery trip for two.
David Barnes from Loughor won the Woodman sponsored meal for two at the Woodman, Blackpill.
Paul Rabaiotti from Killay won a bottle of Smirnoff, kindly donated by the Dolphin, Llanrhidian.
Steve Baynham from Gowerton won a bottle of Bells, also kindly donated by the Dolphin.

More than half the entrants visited all 16 pubs and those who got around 12 pubs or more will be receiving a commemorative T-shirt through the post.

Nigel Ace sent us some photos of himself and his friends on the trail and said: “It was great fun doing the CAMRA 16 pub tour of Swansea and Gower pubs. The best in our opinion for beer, buildings, service and atmosphere is The Pilot, followed closely by The Railway Inn. Others we liked are The Park, The Queens, The Joiners, Mumbles Ale House and The Dolphin Inn in Llanrhidian.”

The Pilot of Mumbles

The Pilot of Mumbles

Eddie Davies said: “Just completed our trail. We were down in Oystermouth for a week so combined it with some good walks around Bishopston, Killay and Mumbles. Everywhere we went the bar staff responded well and we had no problem in getting our cards stamped.

“It also proved a good conversation opener everywhere we went. I’ve even converted my wife into a Real Ale fan (she previously drank half of Fosters!!) Looking forward to our T-shirts and trust the trail is a success – it certainly got us to new pubs trying new beers.”

It’s a great idea to combine the trail with some walks, Eddie. Hopefully next time we can suggest some routes.

Swansea Campaign for Real Ale launched the event to encourage pub goers to visit the increasingly large number of real ale pubs in the area.

“There are many excellent pubs serving a wide variety of cask ales in the Swansea area, so as part of our quest to promote real ale and support local pubs, we decided to launch the Swansea Ale Trail,” said Camra’s Colin Smith.

The Ale Trail card.

The Ale Trail card.

Participating pubs were:

Queen’s Hotel – Swansea, No Sign Bar – Swansea, Westbourne – Swansea, Village Inn – Killay, Railway Inn – Killay, Greyhound – Oldwalls, Dolphin Inn – Llanrhidian, Welcome to Town – Llanrhidian, Woodman – Blackpill, Plough & Harrow – Murton, Joiner’s Arms – Bishopston, Valley – Bishopston, Victoria Inn – Mumbles, Park Inn – Mumbles, Mumbles Ale House, Pilot Inn – Mumbles.

The Ale Trail may be over, but they all still worth a visit! Let us know what you think by commenting below.

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One thought on “Ale trail: It’s time to collect the t-shirt!

  1. carole says:

    Brilliant idea and I loved the camaraderie amo.ngst the participants. Great way to explore new pubs too. I’m hoping that this is an annual competition. Well Done Camra!

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