Pub Trip Treats



This is how we get round  some of the more elusive pubs in the patch. The Branch hires a minibus and driver, and we set off  on a monthly adventure on a Friday night.  These trips have now been run for more than 30 years and have proved to be a really fun way of doing the business of surveying.  If it’s a purely country trip we usually manage 6/7 pubs in an evening, but in a market town we may just manage more.

Of course, there is a “work” element to all of this in that we  do a beer score at each pub. These scores are a fundamental  part of the Branch’s system for selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide. And  nowadays a group from the travelers like to do a survey of the pub for updating the WhatPub entry. OK, it may all sound demanding, but in truth it is not, and we actually manage to fit in some enjoyment! After all, where else could one get a hand crafted tour of West Shropshire pubs at such modest cost? Certainly there is a select group of members who would agree with the concept, as they’ve been doing these trips for all of those 30 odd years!

So if you fancy having some fun going round some of West Shropshire’s best pubs, and at the same time making a significant contribution to CAMRA, we would be delighted to have you ride the bus with us. You can use the Contact form to do this


27th May 2016 The furthest extremity of the Branch area! Sun Marton, Anchor Anchor, Crown Newcastle-on-Clun, White Horse Clun, Sun Clun, Crown Clunton

22 April 2016  Eastern part of the Branch. Horseshoe, Uckington, Hare & Hounds Withington, Haughmond, Upton Magna, Corbet Arms, Uffington, Fox & Hounds, Shawbury, Dog in the Lane AstleyStanton Arms, Stanton upon Hine Heath

18th March 2016.  New Inn Hadnall,  Railway Yorton, Tilley Raven Tilley,  Dog & Bull Coton,  Wem

26th February 2016.   Red Lion Longden Common, White Horse Pulverbatch, Bridges, Wentnor – Crown and Inn on the Green, Bottle & Glass Picklescott

23rd January 2016, Compasses Bayston Hill, Dorrington Horeshoes Dorrington, Royal Oak Cardington, Plough Wall under Heywood, Ragleth and Green Dragon, Little Stretton


18th December New Inn Baschurch, Talbot Ruyton XI Towns, Jack Mytton Hindford, Cross Keys Selattyn, Last Inn Hengoed

27th November Royal Hill Edgerley, Three Pigeons Nesscliffe, and various pubs in Oswestry.

23rd October  Plough Wistanstow, Apple Tree Onibury, Nelson Rocks Green, Ludlow  

18th September Horseshoes Tilstock, Horse & Jockey Grindley Brook, Whitchurch 

21st August Red Castle Harmer Hill, Red Lion Myddle, Burlton Inn Burlton, Dickin Arms Loppington, Sun Welshampton, Ellesmere (mainly White Hart)

24th July  Shropshire Hills again but more easterly. Compasses Bayston Hill, Fox Great Ryton, Royal Oak Cardington, Plough Wall under Heywood, Ragleth and Green Dragon Little Stretton,

26th June   Western fringes of the Shropshire Hills.  New Inn Hook-a-Gate, Nags Head Pontesbury, Horseshoes Pontesbury, Stables Hopesgate,  Miners Arms Priest WestonMytton Arms Habberley

19th June   This was a Beckybus and was an extra  to make up for not doing a brewery visit this month. We did pubs that have been rarely included on our normal survey trails. Wingfield Arms Montford Bridge, Bradford Arms Knockin, White Lion Llynclys,  Limekiln Porthywaen, Horseshoe Llanyblodwel, Barley Mow Trefonen 

29th May       South west extremities This was the trip to the remotest part of our patch, also the  highest pub. Herbert Arms Chirbury, Anchor at Anchor, Crown Newcastle-on-Clun, Sun Clun, White Horse Clun, Crown Clunton

24th April     Horseshoe, Uckington, Hare & Hounds Withington, Haughmond, Upton Magna, Corbet Arms, Uffington, Fox & Hounds, Shawbury, Stanton Arms, Stanton upon Hine Heath

27th March   Red Lion Longden Common, White Horse Pulverbatch, Crown Wentnor, Inn on the Green Wentnor, Bridges, Mytton Arms Habberley    

27th February Apple Tree Onibury, Salwey Arms Woofferton, Ludlow

30th January Horseshoes Tilstock, Horse & Jockey Grindley Brook, Whitchurch

To book on BEER BUS trips please contact DAVE GRAINGER on 01743 358975

Some reports from other outings:

Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury 2015

Wood Brewery, Wistanstow 2015

Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury 2015

Haughmond, Upton Magna 2015

Black Bear, Whitchurch 2015

Cock & Greyhound, Whitchurch 2015

Black Lion, Oswestry 2015

Stonehouse Brewery, Oswestry 2015




Public transport, being what it is in Shropshire, means travel during daytime to the pubs that are open for lunchtime and afternoon sessions. A great way to get to know our fantastic county in the company of those who have been doing it for years!

All on Tuesdays (usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month)

For more information about the Tuesday PTG Trips please contact PETE DUCKERS on 01743 359903 or just turn up at the time normally indicated in What’s Brewing or listed on our Branch Diary & Events page. (The meeting point is usually the relevant stop at Shrewsbury Bus Station or the lobby of Shrewsbury Railway Station, probably best to make contact in advance if you plan to join the trip at another point)

Over the course of the year, the following Branch areas tend to get covered (some of the bigger towns are visited more than once):

Bishop’s Castle
Church Stretton
Great Ryton
Little Stretton

In addition, a couple of trips each year normally venture outside the Branch area, to places such as Shifnal, Chester, Birmingham, Stockport and even Liverpool.



2 thoughts on “Pub Trip Treats

  1. Pingback: The Haughmond, Upton Magna | Campaign for Real Ale – Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Branch

  2. Thanks to all the publicans and their customers who made us so welcome on our trip out on 24 April, and, of course, Caradoc Coaches for taking us round. We managed to visit the Horseshoes at Uckington, the Hare and Hounds at Withington, the Haughmond at Upton Magna, the Corbet Arms at Uffington, the Fox and Hounds at Shawbury and the Stanton Arms at Stanton-upon-Hine Heath. You can find details of the pubs at


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