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NOTE: This information may be out-of-date in an ever-changing beer town.


Burton Albion, Pirelli Stadium, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE13 0BH.


Since Latics last played the Brewers, they have moved to a new £6.5m purpose-built stadium, located just across the roundabout from the old Eton Park ground. All the stands are covered, but only the Main Stand is seated with space for 400 away fans. The bulk of the away fans, just over 1400, are housed on the shallow, covered Coors East Stand Terrace behind the goal.

There is a bar for away fans, with TV screens showing Sky Sports News and then live coverage of the match itself. The bar is open until 15 minutes after the second half has started.




Disabled persons’ facilities:

There are 70 spaces reserved for disabled supporters and the whole ground is wheelchair accessible. Disabled supporters are admitted to the ground free of charge with the carer paying full price. There are disabled parking spaces.


Disabled supporters are advised to contact the club in advance to ensure that specific arrangements are in place to meet their needs. The club will also advise of the best entrance to the ground.


How to get there:


By Road:


From Oldham via the scenic route through the Peak District:

From my experience of up to 60 trips per year over the last 40 years, this is the best route rather than risk delays and boredom on the M6. It's great scenery, 20 miles shorter, only taking about 10 minutes longer, and minimises the risk of hold-ups, like the ones experienced by supporters trying to get to Coventry on 14th April:

M60 to Junction 24 Denton Island. M67 to Mottram. A57 to Glossop (NOTE: This road is extremely busy at peak periods – alternative route missing Glossop is via Mottram, Broadbottom, Charlesworth and over the moor before turning right onto A624). A624 Hayfield - Chapel-en-le-Frith. A6 Buxton. A53 signposted Ashbourne. A515 Ashbourne signposted Lichfield. A50 dual carriageway. A511. At traffic lights by Sunar Gow restaurant turn right on A511. At roundabout take first exit. At second roundabout take second exit. At third roundabout take second exit. Shortly after passing the Coach House pub (see below) on the left, at fourth roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A5121. At next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Princess Way for Stadium. Approx 76 miles = 1 Hour 55 minutes.




From the West (M6):

Exit M6 at Junction 15 and follow A50 towards Stoke and Uttoxeter. Exit A50 onto A511. At traffic lights turn right by Sunar Gow restaurant on A511. Then follow above directions


From the North (M1):

Leave the M1 at junction 28 and join the A38 towards Derby. Continue on the A38 through Derby towards Burton. Leave the A38 at the Burton North exit and follow the A5121 towards Burton. Go straight across a roundabout and you will then pass a McDonald’s and a Lookers used car site on your right. Just before the next roundabout you will see the stadium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Princess Way. A short distance along Princess Way, on the right is the entrance to the Club Car Park.


From the South (M1):

EITHER Leave the M1, exit at Junction 22 (signposted Coalville, Ashby, Burton) and stay on the A511 You stay on this road for approximately 17 miles, by-passing Coalville and going through Ashby-De-La-Zouch, then Woodville and Midway (WARNING: This area is littered with speed cameras - so beware!). When you enter Burton, get into the right hand lane at the bottom of Ashby Road (A511) going straight over the traffic lights and across the Trent Bridge. Staying in the right hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street. Straight on again at the next lights in the right-hand lane, then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge. You will come to a roundabout. Go straight across into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.

OR Leave the M1 at Junction 24 and follow the signs for the A50 (Stoke and Uttoxeter). Keep on this road, heading west until you reach the Toyota Island and the junction with the A38. Head south on the A38 (Burton and Birmingham) until you reach the first Burton turn off. Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road. Go straight across a roundabout and you will then pass a McDonald’s on your right. Just before the next roundabout you will see the stadium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Princess Way. A short distance along Princess Way, on the right is the entrance to the Club Car Park.


From A38 South (Lichfield, Birmingham)

Take the second exit for Burton (North). Take this exit (A5121) and proceed along Derby Road. Go straight across a roundabout and you will then pass a McDonald’s on your right. Just before the next roundabout you will see the stadium on your right. Turn right at the roundabout into Princess Way. A short distance along Princess Way, on the right is the entrance to the Club Car Park.


From M42 Jct. 11 (West Mids) & M5 (South West) - A444

Leave the M 42 at its last exit Junction 11 and go onto the A444 signposted Burton. Stay on the A444 all the way to Burton, going through Overseal and Castle Gresley on the way. On entering Burton, go past the Black Horse and Copper Hearth pubs, straight across the mini-roundabout and you will come to a roundabout with St Peter’s Bridge in front of you. Turn right at the roundabout into Stapenhill Road (A444), which runs parallel to the River Trent, and then turn left at the traffic lights onto the Trent Bridge. Get into the right-hand lane, go straight on through both sets of lights at the end of the Bridge, into Horninglow Street. Straight on again at the next lights in the right-hand lane, then turn right at the traffic lights underneath the Brewery fly-over, into Hawkins Lane. Go through the industrial estate, straight across the mini-roundabout and over the Railway Bridge. Once over the Railway Bridge, you will come to a roundabout. Go straight across into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground is 300 yards on your right.


Car Parking:

Car parking is available at the stadium for 400 vehicles, but much of it is reserved for Members. Alternative car parking is available at the Rykneld Trading Estate, across the road from the stadium by the roundabout leading to Princess Way. Otherwise it’s street parking.


By Train:

If anyone is staying overnight, it may be worthwhile to look into traveling from Manchester to Tutbury & Hatton Station and then getting a taxi for about £12 to Burton. This may prove to be the cheaper option, but that Station is not suitable for the return journey after a night match. There is no taxi rank at the station but telephone numbers for Taxis/Private Hire Vehicles around Tutbury and Hatton are listed here: http://www.yell.com/s/taxis+and+private+hire+vehicles-hatton-derby.html


Burton-on-Trent railway station is about a mile and a half from the stadium. As you come out of the station, turn left, cross over and go down the street a short distance. Turn right into Derby Street and from there it is a straight road, becoming Derby Road, up to the stadium. It should take about 25 minutes to walk. Otherwise there is a taxi rank at the station.


By Bus from Burton-on-Trent Railway Station

The Trent Barton V1 and V2 bus service runs every half an hour from directly outside the railway station to the Pirelli Stadium. For further details and timetables click on the link: http://www.trentbarton.co.uk


Where to drink:

Alcohol is sold inside the stadium (see above).


NOTE: If the match is on a Tuesday*, some of the pubs on the way to the stadium may only open from 5:00pm or later, but The Roebuck and The Old Cottage Tavern are open all day. Some of the pubs may be wary of away fans, so it’s probably best not to wear colours.


* A Saturday fixture may be moved to a Friday or Monday and a Tuesday fixture may be moved to Wednesday if Derby County are also at home on the Tuesday, because The Brewers share The Rams’ stewards.


The Coach House, 273 Horninglow Road (referred to above in the directions from Oldham) serves local ales and craft beers.



If time permits a trip into the town centre, there are plenty of pubs open all day.

The Locomotive Sports Bar in Station Street (next to Thai Massage) is run by ex-Burton Albion Legend Aaron Webster, who was famously ‘arrested’ at Boundary Park in the midst of the Craig Dudley goal celebration. He is now the elite team manager of the football and education programme, organised for school leavers by Burton Albion Community Trust.

Opening hours:

Monday – Wednesday 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Thursday – Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00am



J.D. Wetherspoon’s Lord Burton is on High Street.


The rear door leads out into a beer garden and if you leave by the back gate you are in the Memorial Gardens, which lead to the River Trent with walks towards the Library and Meadowside Leisure Centre, and the Andressey Bridge takes you onto the Washlands, which are criss-crossed by picturesque walks.



Coming out of the front of the Lord Burton and turning left brings you to the end of the High Street, which continues into Lichfield Street, where The Dog is located. Refurbished in 2015 to a high standard and excellent choice of real ales, identified by colour, and serves bar snacks.

Opening hours:

Daily 12pm to 11pm.



Walking back towards the opposite (A511) end of the High Street, after passing the Lord Burton, on the opposite side of the road is The Crossing Ale House & Kitchen gastropub, with a beer garden, big menu and seven regional and national cask conditioned ales always on the bar.


Continuing towards the A511 there is the Fuggle & Nugget micro-pub at 81 High Street.


At the traffic lights at the end of High Street, turn right for the Burton Bridge Inn, with its own microbrewery, located opposite the Three Queens Hotel in Bridge Street.

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday

12pm to 2:30pm, 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday

12:00pm to 11:00pm


12:00pm to 3:00pm 7:00pm t0 11:00pm




Blog - The Beer Trotter: http://beer-trotter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/on-trail-of-pale-ale-in-burton-on-trent.html


Southend United fans’ suggested pub crawl:



If arriving at Burton railway station, then turn right for the Roebuck, 101 Station Street, DE14 1BT, which has a good selection of beers plus Sky Sports.

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 12 midnight

Friday & Saturday 12 noon - 1:00am

Sunday 12 noon - 11:00pm



A few yards down Station Street from the Roebuck is the Last Heretic micropub, with its name referring to the last person in England to be burned at the stake for heresy, who just happened to be a Burton innkeeper.

Opening hours:

Monday 5.00pm - 10.00pm

Tues - Thurs 4.00pm - 10.30pm

Friday 4.00pm - 11.00pm

Sat 12.00pm - 11.00pm

Sun 1.00pm - 10.00pm



Continue heading down the right-hand side of Station Street to the Devonshire Arms on the corner of Milton Street. It has a large range of Burton Bridge beers, guest ales and an extensive food menu. Also has a range of continental bottled beers as well as traditional fruit wines.

Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday 12:00 noon - 11:00pm

Sunday 6:00pm - 11:00pm


Turn right into Milton Street, cross over and you will see a slightly-hidden narrow entry to the Cooper’s Tavern, 43 Cross Street, DE14 1EG.




If the entry from Milton Street is closed, walk up Station Street and turn right into Cross Street.


This gem of a pub is pretty unique, with an interior unchanged since the 19th Century. A small bar and lounge with beers poured straight from the barrel in the cosy back bar. A very friendly local with good value food. Described by a Grimsby Town fan as: “pub paradise; alehouse Arcadia; all your pub dreams come true; the greatest licensed premises in the known galaxy. It makes Orwell’s Moon Under Water look like Friday night at Wetherspoon’s in Dunstable”.

Opening hours:

Monday 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 3:00pm – 11:00pm

Thursday 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm

Sunday 12:00pm -11:00pm




Retracing your route back to the railway station, continue past it and cross over, turning right into Derby Street, which eventually becomes Derby Road and leads direct to the Pirelli Stadium.


As you enter Derby Street from the railway station, behind the wall on the right is the Grain Warehouse Yard, where the Travelodge is situated. Opposite the Travelodge is the Middle Earth Tavern, a micrppub located in an small former office building in the Yard and run by the Middle Earth Brewing Company.

Mon Closed
Tues Closed
Wed 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thurs 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm



Along Derby Street turn left at the traffic lights onto Byrkley Street for a short distance, then cross over at next traffic lights into the continuation of Byrkley Street and the Old Cottage Tavern is on the left at 36 Byrkley Street, DE14 2EG. It's the tap for the Old Cottage Brewery, with guest ales, good value food, two bars, snug, compact back restaurant and traditional pub games.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm




Back along Byrkley Street onto Derby Street for a short distance and on your left is the Alfred, 51 Derby Street, DE14 2LD, which serves Burton Bridge beers, plus at least one guest ale, and has an extensive food menu.

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 11:30pm

Sunday 12:00pm - 11:00pm


Continue along Derby Street, cross over at the roundabout into Derby Road, and on your left at No. 17 is the Derby Inn (about 800m from the stadium). It's a Victorian, two-roomed local, which has changed little since the 1950s, and is very popular with home fans. It serves three real ales from the Wentwell Brewery, one of which is usually a dark beer. Food is limited to fresh-filled cobs and pork pies with mustard or home-made pickle. https://www.facebook.com/DerbyInn

Opening hours:

Monday – Wednesday 5.00pm - 11:00pm

Thursday 12.00pm - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday 12:00 noon - 12 midnight



Here’s a suggested pub crawl featuring the best of the above pubs and fitting in with Tuesday/Wednesday opening times:

2:00pm The Roebuck, 101 Station Street

3:00pm The Coopers, 43 Cross Street

4:00pm The Devonshire, Station Street

5:15pm The Old Cottage Tavern, 36 Byrkley Street

6:00pm The Alfred, 51 Derby street

7:00pm Taxi to Stadium.


on Saturday or Good Friday 2016:

12:00pm The Coopers, 43 Cross Street

12:45pm The Devonshire, Station Street

1:45pm The Alfred, 51 Derby Street

2:30pm Taxi to Stadium.


After the match, if you want to walk towards the town centre, cross over by the roundabout diagonally to Hawkins Lane. As you go over the railway, the Fish Hut (fish and chips) is on the right and the Great Northern pub is in the adjoining Wetmore Road on the left. From there continue up Wetmore Road from the Great Northern until you come to Wharf Road on the right (or if you are continuing up Hawkins Lane from the Fish Hut, Wharf Road is on your left). Turn into it and then turn left into the first road (Glensyl Way with no name plate) (or turn from Wharf Road into the last road on the right if coming from Hawkins Lane), where you’ll find the Tower Brewery a short distance tucked away on the right. Formerly an office, this small cosy bar is off to the side of the main brewery and features copious Burton brewing memorabilia. There is overspill seating, with tables, in the brewery itself, which also incorporates a stage (with lighting and PA system) and a viewing balcony. It’s only open on Fridays from 4:00pm to midnight - so that's why the match was moved from Saturday!!.


For those staying two nights in Burton, there is a special event on Easter Saturday night at the Tower Brewery - noasis (Oasis tribute band) playing live plus Born to Boogie disco. SOLD OUT!



After the match, if you're returning to check-in at the Travelodge opposite the Station, walk back along Derby Road towards the Station, and there is the Derby Inn on the right. Continue across the roundabout into Derby Street where there is the Derby Turn Fryer Fish & Chip shop - NOW CLOSED DOWN. Then you come to the Alfred on the right and then on the left is the entrance to the former railway yard, where the Travelodge and the Middle Earth Brew Company's micro-tavern are located.



Returning to Wetmore Road, continue towards the town centre. As you reach the traffic lights turn left for the Burton Bridge Inn, Bridge Street (referred to above).


Pubs near Stadium:


Walking along Derby Road, at the roundabout in front of the Pirelli stadium turn right and walk for two minutes over the railway to the Great Northern, on the left in Wetmore Road, DE14 1QS. Burton Bridge beers and a guest ale are served, along with the usual keg beers associated with the town. The pub has a big screen showing Sky Sports.

Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Friday 5:30pm - Midnight
Saturday 12:00pm - Midnight


Returning to the roundabout and heading past the stadium along the busy A5121 Derby Road (going in the opposite direction to Burton town centre) on the left you come to the Beech pub between the Pirelli factory and McDonald’s. This is a Marston’s local with a bar at the front, a smaller lounge at the rear and a beer garden.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00am - Midnight


Continuing along Derby Road going away from the stadium and turning left at the used car business, you come to The Mill House, part of a national chain of family bar/restaurants and situated by the canal between Stretton Church and Derby Road. It‘s a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium and is very handy for people approaching from the A38 - just turn right at the island by Ian Shipton Cars. The food is good, but not cheap, and beers include Bass, Marston’s and Theakston‘s. Children welcome with both indoor and outdoor play areas.

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm 



Where to eat:


Halfway between the Burton Central Travelodge and the stadium is the Derby Turn fish & chip shop with eat-in facilities at 141-142 Derby Street.


Inside the stadium, in addition to the usual selection of food, there are faggots & mushy peas and chip butties in crusty bread. Not forgetting this is the home of Bovril.




Further on past the Beech pub (mentioned above) on the same side of the road is a McDonald’s outlet and a Subway.





Behind the Great Northern pub, on the opposite side of Hawkins Lane is The Fish Hut, 'Burton's home of seaside fish & chips', to eat in or take away.



The Middleway Retail & Leisure Park is located between Guild Street, Station Street and Worthington Way which includes a KFC, Frankie & Benny's, Bella Italia and Nando's.


Cash Machine:

The nearest cash machine to the stadium is at Midlands Co-op on Eton Park (the site of the Brewers’ former ground), just off Princess Way.


Diagramatic street layout sketch showing where to drink and eat:




During the afternoon, when some of the best pubs may be closed, you could try to squeeze in:

EITHER the Marston's Visitor Centre and a brewery tour where you can sample some of the produce. For details call 01283 507391.



OR the National Brewery Centre (NBC), which tells the story of brewing in the town, through the ages and the changing technology over the years, with beer samples included. It has a Brewery Tap Bar & Restaurant, which you can visit without paying to tour the NBC, and has unique 'Beer Bites' - small plates of nibbles ideal to enjoy with your drink - a Burton twist on Tapas in the home of brewing! There are also things to keep other members of the family amused like horses for the kids to fuss over and an outdoor play area.



Just off the A38 is the Barton Marina with its Waterfront pub - NOTE: Children under age 5 are not allowed.



Further along the A38 is the Branston Water Park.



If you’re looking for a history fix, there is Tutbury Castle.



The F.A.'s National Football Centre at St. George's Park, Rangemore is a jewel in the local crown, and is where Daniel Taylor scored the winning goal as Latics Reserves beat Burton Albion Reserves 2-1 on 11th December 2012. There is a bar with meals and a restaurant, plus lots of England football memorabilia.






If you're looking for a gift for that special person in your life, Burton also has its own male and female perfumes, which are claimed to draw elements representing Marmite, Branston Pickle, the River Trent, the leather from Albion stars’ football boots and the National Forest.



The area boasts no less than two of the country’s leading theme parks with Drayton Manor near Tamworth and Alton Towers, for both adults and kids alike.



With all these pubs to visit and so many things to do, it’s worthwhile staying overnight – some suggestions:


Burton Central Travelodge (opposite Burton-on-Trent railway station): http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/556/Burton-Upon-Trent-Central-hotel?gclid=CL6x_sy78cQCFYnLtAodK3oATQ

WARNING: If parking at the Travelodge, make sure you use the area of the car park in front of the building, where the charge is £3 for 24 hours, based on your time of arrival. The remainder of the car park has a different charging tariff with the day ending/starting again at 2:30am, which is likely to lead to you incurring a penalty charge if you are not alert enough to put more money in the machine before the Enforcers pounce early the following morning.


The Roebuck pub: http://www.roe-buck-inn.co.uk/


Premier Inn: http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/BURCEN/burton-on-trent-central


Holiday Inn Express: http://www.exhiburton.co.uk/


Three Queens Hotel: http://www.threequeenshotel.co.uk/


Grail Court Hotel: http://www.grailcourthotel.com/


Other accommodation is available if you want to search for it.

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News of Latics supporters' intended visit has reached Marston's, who are creating 1,250 new jobs to cope with the extra demand.


Meanwhile The Brewers are preparing for the step-up to the dizzy heights of League One by arranging a pre-season friendly at home against Benfica.

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Those finding time in Burton to visit St George's Park may be interested to know whether it was worthwhile to prepare for the 2014-15 season by having a training camp there.







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