The great British pub is often the heart of our local community, without them there is no where for folk to gather. This page provides a list of the real ale pubs in Halton and a list of pubs lost. The number of open pubs declines each year - if you value your local please use it whilst you can!!
Within Halton CAMRA Branch there are around 127 public houses of which about 31 (around a quarter) are known to serve real ale. It is from those 31 that the branch selects its choice pubs for inclusion in the annual Good Beer Guide. Pubs are only considered for selection if they have consistently good beer scorings from CAMRA members, thus you - scoring the beer you drink - regularly, directly influences this selection process.
See Beer Scoring for information on the beer scoring system.
This map shows the location of those pubs known to serve real ale. If any known to you are missing, please advise the GBG co-ordinator & Pubs Officer.
Halton Branch real ale pubs
- Dandelion Tavern
(0151) 909 5255
427 Cronton Rd
Formerly known as the Black Horse, the pub has recently reopened as the Dandelion Tavern. Stocking a range of 4 cask, keg and bottled craft beers.
moc.liamg@notnorcnninrocinueht(0151) 495 1304
405 Cronton Rd
Traditional comfortable multi roomed pub with local photographs. Real fires are complimented by friendly staff and a pleasant ambience. A childrens play area and outside seating are added facilities. The carved wooden bar is striking. Thwaites Wainwright and Robinsons Unicorn are favoured guest beer and sometimes a third handpump is used. Extensive menu of home made food. At quiet times the pub may occasionally close.
- Dandelion Tavern (0151) 909 5255 427 Cronton Rd Cronton WA8 5QG
- Ring O Bells
Halton Branch PotY 2018.
Very pleasant Chef & Brewer pub with a large garden. Food focussed, but with reasonable range of real ales. Located in the centre of the village, close to the church. Lewis Carroll (a once local resident) memorabilia features prominently. 4 local beers feature, mainly from the Weetwood brewery. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
- Ring O Bells ku.oc.gnikeneerg@5226(01925) 740256 Chester Rd Daresbury WA4 4AJ
- Childe of Hale
(0151) 425 2954
6 Church End, Hale
Large well appointed pub bordering on Hale Park with separate bar and two eating areas. Bowling green to rear of pub. 2 large screens for TV with weekly quiz nights. There is a substantive outside seating space.
email@example.com(0151) 425 5582
23 Town Lane, Hale
Busy village centre pub that is pleasantly furnished. Smart separate restaurant. Wedding parties and functions are catered for. Two function rooms. Bowling green to rear. Karaoke and bingo nights are held.
- Childe of Hale (0151) 425 2954 6 Church End, Hale Hale L24 4AX
- Red Lion
119 Runcorn Road
A smart pub refurbished Spring 2019, with beamed ceilings and a historic ambience, designed to appeal ladies. Old bar area massively improved, offering a greater focus on food. Purpose built BBQ area offering a great selection of fresh cooked food (weather permitting). Central to Moore village. Near to the canal and in a popular walking area.
- Red Lion (01925) 740101 119 Runcorn Road Moore WA4 6UD
Friendly community pub where visitors are welcomed. There is a sports focus with a pool table and two darts boards in one side of the pub. There is a raised seating area suitable for groups and families are welcomed. Two changing guest beers are from national brands. There is occasional live music. It is good to see a thriving Runcorn estate pub when so many others have closed.
101 Church St
New Licensee in and keen to support Real Ale.
Will have music events on and will possibly support CAMRA discount in the future once it takes off.
Good quality ale at the time of trying and very friendly service, and will be looking to have local breweries.
32 Ashridge St
A very vibrant pub with many weekend events going on and a cross section of people in there. Serves one handpump from Blueball Brewery (over the road from the pub) and always seems in good form, but has to compete with Brewery's own bar so maybe it keeps on top form because of it. It is a loud but good atmosphere pub with a lot going on. Can get noisy, but if you like that type of pub then it lends to its style.
- Evenwood Farm
A modern pub/restaurant, built in 2007. It features a distinct family play area in addition to a separate adult dining area. Food is served throughout the day, everyday and features a good value carvery in addition to an extensive menu. Cask Marque accredited.
- Ferry Boat
10 Church Street
Large Wetherspoons in town centre. The 3 standard Wetherspoon Engines of Ruddles, Abbott & Sharpe's Doom Bar but then another 2 to 3 on most nights with ever changing types and styles. Also Cider via a bag in a box process. Normal layout with meals and tables and choice. Quality improving all the time and a focus on community and events for the customers.
- Holiday Inn
Hotel chain on Runcorn outskirts with smart hotel bar. There is a formal restaurant or food served in the bar. The changing guest beer is often from the Lancaster or Black Sheep stables. WiFi is free and complementary.
- Lion Hotel
100 Greenway Road
About 200 yards from Runcorn Railway station, it has been given a lease of life by its tenants, whose dedication to cask beer is shown by the variety and ever changing different beers. The quality of the real Ale has improved and balanced out to the point that Real Ale drinkers are returning all the time. Local company supplies pies at the weekend and add a nice snack to the night. Also Bag in the Box Cider on the bar
- Norton Arms
125-127 Main Street
Traditional, pleasant grade II pub in the centre of Halton Village. The building has existed since 1758. The beers are from the Greene King stable, two 'Craft beer' dispensers have recently been installed to go alongside the four handpumps. Occasional live music and events are held with a weekly open mic night, also, the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society 'The Sons of the Desert' also meet here. A beer garden and function room are available for use and one of the few pubs in the area to keep it's bowling green. Food is served from lunch time to early evening. Unfortunately, due to the age of the pub, disabled access is quite hard (but not impossible), as the main entrance is up a flight of stone steps. Halton CAMRA pub of the year 2020/21
- Preston Brook
Family friendly pub that is food orientated. Pleasantly appointed, with a small drinking area. Menu details available online. Breakfast served 6.30 to 10.30am and 7 to 11am at weekends. Two real ales available from national stables. At the time of surveying these were Sharps Atlantic and Marston`s Pedigree.
70 Weston Rd
On the outskirts of Weston village, this two roomed pub prides itself on serving both quality beer and food. They source local produce for their meals and commit to local businesses every time. They also have a mix of LocAle and national beers on tap.ry. Has 1 Cider handpump. Winner of numerous awards including Halton CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2012, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, and Guiness accreditation 2014. Up to 5 cask ales can be available.
- Queen of Hearts
Jack Search Way
Brand new Marston's Heritage pub opened October 2018
Socialising space serving the local community offering a wide selection of drinks and traditional pub food. Attentive staff with friendly service and value for money. Pizzas available after 9pm until close.
Sunday night quiz - you can use your phone! Monday to Friday meal deals. Friday night - various entertainment see website and Facebook All BT sport matches shown
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- Round House
121-123 Heath Rd South, Weston Village
Single bar pub that attracts a varied age group and clientele.The Manager prides himself on his beer quality and has achieved the Cask Marque award.
- Royal Oak
187, Heath Road South
The pub currently has one changing real ale on tap. Normal opening times are subject to fluctuation.
33 Ashridge St
Blueball Brewery on site. It is situated under the arches in the "old town" area and is the old "Bakery" and Co-Op and the entrance is around the back under the railway arches themselves. Real Ale is from Blueball and Chapter plus guest brewery's and ranges in styles & type. It has a good "vibe" and feeling and the age ranges are vast giving a safe feeling and "buzz". Regular events are posted on the Facebook page including Vinyl Nights, Giggle Shack etc. so check it out. The Brewer from Blueball often serves as well. Also has key keg Craft Beer from around the world. And fantastic home cooked street food. Also has Cider on Hand Pump.
- Ten Lock Flight
1 Crosville Way
Brand new, family friendly Marston's pub. Situated off the A533 Daresbury Expressway and overlooking the historic Bridgewater canal. Could be difficult to find if walking. Note; Food only served till 9pm on Bank Holidays.
- Beechwood (01928) 564729 Beechwood Ave Runcorn WA7 2PZ
- Bowers Park
(0151) 257 9790
Busy pub in Toby Carvery chain. The focus is on food, and a separate bar is often a holding area whilst diners wait to be seated. A regular real ale is available, with an additional changing beer occasionally in stock. Alcohol is served from 11.30am.
(0151) 424 3969
38 Albert Rd
Large ceilinged ex-Walkers house located within central shopping area.
- Church View
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@3096(0151) 424 3296
38 Lunts Heath Rd
Although the emphasis is on food in this smartly refurbished pub it does however serve up to 8 real ales which can include local Cheshire beers and drinkers are welcomed. There are seating areas outside the front and rear of the pub. Live sports are shown on TV and Greene King "season ticket" savings are available on certain beers. Cask Marque accredited. CAMRA discount is available.
- Crown Inn
(0151) 424 4077
104 Birchfield Rd
Popular pub close to Victoria Park. The pub dates back to the 1840s and has a focus on food. A bar area is complemented by raised seating areas. Live entertainment is hosted, large groups can be accommodated and regular quiz nights are held. Occasional events are put on including a successful beer festival.
- Eight Towers
(0151) 424 8063
Popular pub often busy during sporting events. Open plan horseshoe shaped bar and lounge where there are comfortable tables for dining, with a pleasant conservatory. Recently refurbished. Often have Marstons estate seasonal and specially brewed beers.
- Four Topped Oak
(0151) 257 8031
2 Hough Green Rd
Pleasant, well decorated open plan pub. Emphasis on food but drinkers still well catered for. At weekends a third changing real ale is often available. Has gas and coal fires. Several distinct seating areas leading to a quiet and relaxed ambience. Brunch is sevved 10am to 12pm, then the full menu applies with both vegetarian and vegan selections.
(0151) 424 5143
184 Warrington Road
Large Chef & Brewer pub with a focus on food. The pub is well appointed with feature low beams. Families welcome and there is a large pleasant outdoor space with children`s play area.
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@2761(0151) 420 5319
There ia a family orientated area to the right hand side of the pub leading to an outside play area. There is a focus on food sales. The left hand side is for over 18s and features Sky TV and a Pool table.
(0151) 422 4920
93-99 Albert Rd
This former cinema is just on the edge of the shopping area, The pub has a pleasant atmosphere and a changing clientele depending on the time of day. The cinema opened in 1915 and closed in the 1960's. Some original features remain (though well hidden). The Sgt Mottershead VC statue appeal was launched here.
- Ring o'Bells
(0151) 424 6330
Well appointed, comfortable and popular pub. The pub can cater for functions, hosts live music (Fridays and Saturdays)and has meeting rooms. There is a well equipped children`s play area and a childrens pets area with Chickens, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs. The local community deservedly patronise the Ring O Bells.
(0151) 424 5994
288 Upton Lane
Very pleasantly appointed pub with smart and comfortable seating areas. The popular food menu attracts much of the clientele. There are two function rooms that can be made into one large room accomodating up to 80 people. this family run pub features regular live entertainment, quiz nights and dining experience evenings.
- Widnes Rugby Union Football Club (0151) 424 2575 Heath Road Widnes WA8 7NU
- Bowers Park (0151) 257 9790 Earle Rd Widnes WA8 0TA
Pubs accepting membership vouchers
Pubs offering membership discounts
- Ring O Bells Chester Rd Daresbury WA4 4AJ
Halton Branch pubs which have closed
Closed pubs are ones which are no longer trading that have not (yet) been changed to a different use. There is therefore some possibility that they could reopen, however there is a real possibility that they could become the object of undesirable planning applications.
- Tunnel Top Northwich Rd Dutton WA4 4JY
- BBs BAR Victoria Road Widnes WA8 7RA
- Commercial 3 Page Lane Widnes WA8 0AE
- Coterie 217 Birchfield Rd Widnes WA8 9AH
- Doctors 67 Victoria Rd Widnes WA8 7RS
- Hammer & Pincers 465 Liverpool Rd Widnes WA8 7XU
- Horse & Jockey 18 Birchfield Rd Widnes WA8 7SU
- Kellys 65 Victoria Rd Widnes WA8 7RP
- Vue 2 Lugsdale Rd, Victoria Square Widnes WA8 7QZ
Halton Branch pubs which have gone
Gone pubs are fond memories which have been erased through demolition or conversion to a different use. They are gone forever and are a portend for other under-used pubs - so please use your local or lose it!
- Barge Halton Gate, Farm Rd Runcorn WA7 1NP
- Burma Star Hillcrest Runcorn WA7 2DY
- Cherry Tree Linkway Runcorn WA7 5EJ
- Dray Mullion Close Runcorn WA7 6AQ
- Hallwood Raven Hallwood Park Runcorn WA7 2FN
- Halton Arms Murdishaw Ave Runcorn WA7 6HP
- Jolly Brewer The Ridgeway Runcorn WA7 6ER
- Masonic Devonshire Square Runcorn WA7 1JG
- Navigation 33 Canal St Runcorn WA7 1RY
- New Inn 60A High St Runcorn WA7 1AW
- Railway Lowlands Rd Runcorn WA7 5TR
- Salt Mine Sandy Lane Runcorn WA7 4EX
- Straw Hat Runcorn Shopping Centre Runcorn WA7 2EU
- Tanners Castlefields Local Centre Runcorn WA7 2HS
- Travellers Rest 24 Highlands Rd Runcorn WA7 4PR
- Waterloo High St Runcorn WA7 1JH
- Albert 160 Albert Rd Widnes WA8 6LJ
- Appleton Arms 27 Appleton Village Widnes WA8 6EL
- Bar Reef 98 Victoria Road Widnes WA8 7RA
- Cock & Trumpet Halebank Rd Widnes WA8 8NB
- Main Top 17 Mersey Rd Widnes WA8 0DG
- Prince of Wales Kent St Widnes WA8 6JW
- Queens Arms 4 Moor Lane Widnes WA8 7AG
- Sporting Ford 164 Hough Green Rd Widnes WA8 4PG
- Sundowner Arley Drive Widnes WA8 4XS
- Swan 108 Upper Mersey Rd Widnes WA8 0DE
- Victoria 20 Ann St Widnes WA8 7UB
- Widnes Conservative Club 63 Victoria Road Widnes WA8 7RP