Launched at the Llanbedr Beer Festival, held over the last weekend in September at the Ty Mawr Hotel, the ALEways leaflet features 20 hostelries that appear in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide that are easily accessible via the Cambrian lines. Also included are some ideas of rail related things to do that combine to make a great day out for locals and visitors as well as of course rail and real ale enthusiasts!
Speaking at the launch Bob Jones, CAMRA Director commented “The Cambrian Railways are some of the most spectacularly scenic in the world but have the advantage over other great international railways in having an excellent selection of great British pubs to quench your thirst adjacent to almost every station. Having your breath taken away by the views is thirsty work and where better to absorb the local culture than in one of the local pubs which offer an increasingly wider range of quality local real ales. As well as a safe means of travelling the Cambrian railways are probably the most enjoyable way of seeing one or two pubs. The ALEways leaflet offers a selection of some of the best local hostelries recommended by local CAMRA members”.
From left to right Bob Jones Director CAMRA, Gerwyn Jones Cambrian Railways Partnership and Eirwyn Thomas Chairman Llanbedr Beer Festival
Gerwyn Jones on behalf of the CRP commented “The local pub is an important social meeting place for the communities they serve. We hope the Cambrian ALEways initiative will help support these and encourage people to use the trains to access them”.
This initiative was developed by the Cambrian Railways Partnership working with the hostelries, supported by SARPA, the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passengers Association and is endorsed by CAMRA, the Campaign For Real Ale.
For a complete listing of all CAMRA endorsed public houses in the UK and other information pick up a copy of ‘The Good Beer Guide’ published annually.The Cambrian ALEways map can be downloaded here (pdf)