HERE is  list of nine pubs and a brewery in St Helens and surrounding areas which have been listed in the coveted CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2024 as we mark National Beer Day.

The UK’s national beer day is celebrated annually on June 15.

Celebrate Britain’s national alcoholic drink and spread beery love throughout the land by joining the National Cheers To Beer at 7pm (19.00h) on June 15th as millions of people across the country raise a glass, say ‘Cheers to Beer’ and post a message on social media with the hashtag #CheersToBeer.

As a way of honouring the day, the Star has referred to the latest edition of the Campaign for Real Ale, which is the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide, with 4,500 of the best pubs surveyed this time around.

There are nine pubs in St Helens and surrounding areas included on the list which are among those featured from the Merseyside area.


Here is a look at the nine pubs around the area listed:

Firkin, High Street, Newton-le-Willows

St Helens Star: The FirkinThe Firkin (Image: St Helens Star)

A former shop, this small, friendly establishment dispenses a selection of eight real ales, including at least one dark, all of which are sourced from micro/SIBA breweries.

Small seating areas are to the front and the rear, with pictures of old Newton on the walls. Free from background noise, this is somewhere to engage in conversation with like-minded people, and to make new friends. Closed Monday to Wednesday; over-18s only.

Mason Arms, Carr Mill Road, Billinge. 

This friendly, traditional and community based pub is on the edge of the open countryside run by the same family for 200 years and serves five changing beers sourced locally.

The venue is adorned with rugby memorabilia and all areas are dog and child friendly.

Outside is an extensive landscaped beer garden. 


Watch Maker, Eccleston Street, Prescot

St Helens Star: A Wetherspoon freehouse with a friendly welcome. Alongside the standard national ales there is a focus on local breweries, earning the pub LocAle accreditation. Prescot was one of the main centres for watchmaking during the 18th and 19th centuries, and the pub is decorated with elements of watchmaking memorabilia. It has a small outside area to the front of the building and often organises coach trips and other social activities.


Star Inn, Church Road, Rainford

St Helens Star: The Star InnThe Star Inn (Image: Google Street View)

Standing near the edge of Rainford village, the Star has a cosy, comfortable bar at the front of the building serving beers sourced from local breweries, with a large selection of wine and a range of spirits available. Meals are served every day except Monday and Tuesday in the restaurant to the rear.


Skew Bridge Alehouse, Dane Court, Rainhill

St Helens Star: Skew Bridge AlehouseSkew Bridge Alehouse (Image: Stock)

This micropub in the centre of Rainhill offers a selection of six high-quality cask ales, four real ciders and two craft lagers. Locally sourced ales are complemented by beers from all over the UK. A good range of gins and single malt whiskies are also stocked. With no TV or music to distract customers, conversation is very much encouraged. A wide selection of board games is available for use.


Cricketers Arms, Peter Street, St Helens

St Helens Star: Cricketers ArmsCricketers Arms (Image: St Helens Star)

A former CAMRA National Pub of the Year, this family-run community establishment has 13 handpulls, real ciders and a range of spirits. An outside bar increases the number of handpulls on the first weekend of the month (Apr-Oct). Freshly prepared stonebaked pizzas and cheese boards are available. In 2020 the on-site Howzat brewery started producing their own house beers for this pub and others within the local area.


George, George Street, St Helens

St Helens Star: The GeorgeThe George (Image: Google Street View)

A short walk from the main train and bus stations is this small, friendly town-centre local. It primarily serves beers from Wigan Brewhouse, with a range of international beers also available, as well as a selection of gins and other spirits. A small beer garden is to the rear of the pub. The pub is popular on St Helens RLFC match days.


Turk’s Head, Morley Street, St Helens

St Helens Star: The Turks HeadThe Turks Head (Image: Stock)

Recently voted as Merseyside's CAMRA pub of the Year, this attractive Tudor-style 1870s pub near the town centre. Real ales and ciders are on 14 handpulls, and there is a large whisky and gin bar. The upstairs Tower Lounge serves cocktails plus craft and continental beers, and hosts live music on Saturday evening. Quality home[1]made food is available every day. There is a large beer garden to the side and rear with an outside bar, and the adjacent Cowley Grill serves food from Wednesday to Sunday. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year.


BeerEngin, Greenes Road, Whiston

St Helens Star: BeerEnginBeerEngin (Image: Stock)

Set in a row of shops, this cosy, single-room microbar is a delight as soon as you walk in. It serves six real ales, plus craft beers, wines and a selection of unusual gins. A warm welcome is assured for all, including dogs. Check opening hours before visiting on bank holidays. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022


Howzat Brewery

St Helens Star: Cricketers landlord Andy Evans, outside Howzat at its launch in 2019Cricketers landlord Andy Evans, outside Howzat at its launch in 2019 (Image: St Helens Star)

A brewery in the grounds of the Cricketer’s Arms – a former CAMRA National Pub of the Year.

The Good Beer Guide can be bought here

Credit: CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)