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Published March 1st 2016
Discover Lichfield's History and Enjoy A Drink On The Way
Midlands beer lovers can now enjoy "ten of the best" in the historic cathedral city of Lichfield following the launch of its first ever real ale trail.

The King's Head
Lichfield's oldest pub in real ale trail

Organisers of the free trail say that the ten historic pubs they have come up are all "excellent examples" of the venues serving quality real ales in Lichfield - but they stress that it is by no means a complete list.

Angel Inn
The Angel Inn also features in the 'top 10'

Real ale enthusiasts across Staffordshire and the wider Midlands can now try out the ten pubs on the list by following the trail which has been developed by Lichfield District Tourism Association.

Lichfield Real Ale Trail
First Lichfield Real Ale Trail launched in city

The Lichfield Real Ale Trail was unveiled at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, dedicated to the poet and writer who was born in the city at the start of the 18th century.

Members of the Lichfield District Tourism Association shared a glass of beer at the museum which was provided by the Angel Inn in nearby Market Street, one of the ten pubs on the trail.

The Horse & Jockey
The Horse & Jockey is the third pub on the trail

The trail goes throughout Lichfield city centre, starting at The Bowling Green in Friary Road, before continuing on to The Queen's Head in Queen Street and The Horse & Jockey in Sandford Street.

It then moves on to the George Hotel in Bird Street, and The King's Head, on the opposite side of the street, which is said to be the oldest pub in Lichfield, dating back to 1408.

The George Hotel
The George Hotel in Bird Street

The trail then heads to Market Street where both the Angel Inn and The Scales can be found, before continuing to the George IV in Bore Street and the Malt Bar in Wade Street.

The Scales
And then on to The Scales in Market Street

The journey then ends at The Whippet Inn in Tamworth Street, a micro-pub which was awarded Pub of the Year for Staffordshire and overall Pub of the Year 2015 by the Lichfield, Sutton & Tamworth branch of CAMRA.

The Whippet Inn
The award-winning Whippet Inn micropub is the last stop on the trail

The trail seeks to show that pubs are still at the heart of the community despite the well publicised reduction in the number of pubs that remain open.

In 1834 Lichfield had an incredible 72 pubs, a ratio of one pub for every 69 people, but by 1936 this had shrunk to 46. The number today is lower still, but I haven't managed to count them all!

The King's Head
A plaque on the wall of The King's Head gives an insight into its history

Information about the real ale trail is available from all the pubs on the list or from the Tourist Information Centre at St Mary's in the Market Square.

It can also be downloaded by visiting the website here.

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Why? Follow The Real Ale Trail For Lovers Of Beer and History
When: All year
Phone: 01543 256611
Where: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6LQ
Cost: Free to walk the trail
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