MIDDLEWICH’S first-ever ale trail has been hailed a “huge success”.

Pubs and breweries around the town welcomed hundreds of visitors on Saturday (May 4) as Middlewich Round Table staged its debut Ale Trail.

Organiser Jack Roberts is hopeful that this could become an annual event.

He said: “The ale trail was a huge success, it was amazing to see so many people out. 

“We estimate a couple hundred people turned out for the event and there was such a buzz around town.

“Thankfully the weather was nice so the beer gardens were nice and busy!”

Northwich Guardian: Hundreds of people took part in the ale trailHundreds of people took part in the ale trail (Image: Supplied)

Jack added: “The idea of the ale trail was to get people out in town supporting their local, independent pubs and trying great local beers.

“We really did not expect as many people to turn out as they did so that's really, really amazing. 

“A few of the venues have been in touch since the event to say how great it was for them, so hopefully this can become an annual event.”

Five venues in Middlewich took part in the ale trail, including the Newton Brewery and Four Priests Brewery.

Also getting involved were The Kings Lock, The White Bear and The Kinderton.

Throughout the day, participants could collect a stamp at each of the venues by purchasing a pint.

Once they collected all five stamps, they could claim a free pint at any of the participating venues.

Thanking the pubs and breweries for taking part, Jack said: “It was great to see how busy the Four Priests Brewery tap room was and see everyone enjoying their beers. Hopefully the event has helped place them on the map.

“We'd like to thank all the pubs that took part, Andy, Elliot and Sarah at Four Priests, and of course everyone who came out to make it a great day!”

Northwich Guardian: Four Priests Brewery was among five venues included in the trailFour Priests Brewery was among five venues included in the trail (Image: Supplied)

Later this year Middlewich Round Table will run the town’s annual Beer Festival at the Royal British Legion Club.

More than 30 beers, gins and ciders will be on offer over Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26.

Tickets are on sale now at www.middlewichrt.co.uk.

Northwich Guardian: Participants could earn a free pint by collecting stamps at each of the venuesParticipants could earn a free pint by collecting stamps at each of the venues (Image: Supplied)