Runcorn Bridge at sunset


Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch Pubs

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

  • Daresbury
    • Ring O Bells Telephone(01925) 740256 Chester Rd Daresbury WA4 4AJ

      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.

  • Hale
    • Wellington Telephone(0151) 425 5582 23 Town Lane, Hale Hale L24 4AG

      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.

  • Liverpool
    • Childe of Hale Telephone(0151) 425 2954 6 Church End, Hale Liverpool L24 4AX

      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.

  • Runcorn
    • Beechwood Telephone(01928) 564729 Beechwood Ave Runcorn WA7 2PZ

      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.

    • Castle Telephone(01928) 564206 Castle Rd Runcorn WA7 2BE

      The Castle is as the name suggests immediately adjacent to the grade 1 ruins of Halton Castle. The pub itself is the 18th century grade 2* listed courthouse. There are magnificent views towards both Liverpool and Cheshire.

      This pub has seen a welcome return to real ale being served. There are three rooms downstairs, each with an open fire hearth. Upstairs there is a function room with a small bar (no real ale).

      Food available as listed - traditional roast dinners on Sunday.

      March 2022: The pub is committed to always having at least one local beer on the bar all of the time.

      The pub is lead by a young team with a real passion for good ale and great food. A place to watch.

    • Evenwood Farm Telephone(01928) 571328 Evenwood Close Runcorn WA7 1LZ

      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 Telephone(01928) 583380 10 Church Street Runcorn WA7 1LR

      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 Telephone(01928) 754806 Wood Lane Runcorn WA7 3HA

      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.

    • Norton Arms Telephone(01928) 567642 125-127 Main Street Runcorn WA7 2AD

      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, also two 'Craft beer' dispensers to go alongside the four handpumps. Occasional live music and events are held with a weekly open mic night. 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 its 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 Telephone(01928) 716829 Chester Rd Runcorn WA7 3BA

      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.

    • Prospect Telephone(01928) 561280 70 Weston Rd Runcorn WA7 4LD

      On the outskirts of Weston village, this two roomed pub prides itself on serving both quality beer and food.

    • Queen of Hearts Telephone(01928) 352353 Jack Search Way Runcorn WA7 6SA

      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 Customer loyalty card

    • Round House Telephone(01928) 770879 121-123 Heath Rd South, Weston Village Runcorn WA7 4RP

      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 Telephone(01928) 577781 187, Heath Road South Runcorn WA7 4RP

      The pub currently has one changing real ale on tap. Normal opening times are subject to fluctuation.

    • Society Tap Rooms (STR) Telephone(01928) 775628 33 Ashridge St Runcorn WA7 1HU

      Real Ale is from Blueball and Chapter plus guest brewery's and ranges in styles & type, also has Real Cider on Hand Pump.

      Blueball Brewery on site. It is situated under the arches in the "Old Town" area and is the old "Bakery" and Co-Op. The entrance is around the back under the railway arches.

      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.

    • Ten Lock Flight Telephone(01928) 352094 1 Crosville Way Runcorn WA7 5BD

      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.

  • Sutton Weaver
    • Chapter Brewing Tap Telephone07791 516948 Unit 2a, Clifton Road Sutton Weaver WA7 3EH

      Chapter Brewery tap - home of the reigning CAMRA Champion Beer of Cheshire and SIBA award winning beers. Check their Facebook page for current variations to opening details, including the availability of visiting food vendors. Traditional bar snacks and Gourmeggs (quality scotch eggs) available.

      There is at least one cask ale on offer and up to nine keg beers from the brewery's portfolio. Watch out also for real cider line, a lager line and an occasional guest beer. Friendly service from Noah the brewer and his supporting team.

      Take home service and brewery merchandise available.

  • Warrington
    • Red Lion Telephone(01925) 740101 119 Runcorn Road Warrington WA4 6UD

      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.

  • Widnes
    • Church View Telephone(0151) 424 3296 38 Lunts Heath Rd Widnes WA8 5RY

      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 Telephone(0151) 424 4077 104 Birchfield Rd Widnes WA8 7TE

      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.

    • Dandelion Tavern Telephone(0151) 909 5255 427 Cronton Rd Widnes WA8 5QG

      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.

    • Eight Towers Telephone(0151) 424 8063 Weates Close Widnes WA8 3RH

      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 Telephone(0151) 257 8031 2 Hough Green Rd Widnes WA8 4PE

      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.

    • Griffin Telephone(0151) 424 5143 184 Warrington Road Widnes WA8 3XT

      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.

    • Horse & Jockey Telephone(0151) 420 2966 18 Birchfield Rd Widnes WA8 7SU

      Comfortable and well appointed traditional pub that may be small in size but has a big welcome. It has a good size outside garden with two large covered areas for outside drinking. The pub adjoins Victoria Park and is a good spot to relax whilst visiting the parks attractions.

    • Observatory Telephone(0151) 420 5319 Fir Park, Queensbury Way Widnes WA8 9BD

      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.

    • Premier Telephone(0151) 422 4920 93-99 Albert Rd Widnes WA8 6JS

      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.

    • Tavern Telephone(0151) 424 5994 288 Upton Lane Widnes WA8 9AF

      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.

    • Unicorn Telephone(0151) 495 1304 405 Cronton Rd Widnes WA8 5QF

      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.

    • Widnes Rugby Union Football Club Telephone(0151) 424 2575 Heath Road Widnes WA8 7NU

Pubs accepting membership vouchers

  • Runcorn
  • Widnes
    • Premier 93-99 Albert Rd Widnes WA8 6JS

Pubs offering membership discounts


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.

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!