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The Merchants Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AN, England
+44 1788 571119
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“sandwiches” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AN, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My pub of choice when visiting rugby. Lots of great beers in a haphazardly designed interior. Lovely.

Thank thereal_mrmoosehead
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t often write reviews at the lower end of the scale in terms of scoring, but, after some careful consideration think it’s appropriate. The Merchants is a good pub, but could be so much more. There are plenty of bottled beer menus scattered around...More

Thank Sean L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lucky to have this pub as a local. Always delivered consistently good food and drink. Relaxed atmosphere. Great nights spent here for various events, including beer festivals, gin festivals, early morning rugby with high quality breakfast, Sunday dinners tasty, homemade and large portions. Went to...More

Thank Kat34
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Known for it's real ales, ciders & great atmosphere (can highly recommend as a drinking pub), I've only eaten here twice & doubt I'll risk it again. The first time I had fish & chips that looked over cooked (both the fish batter & chips...More

Thank XXXChrisXXX
scott1706, Manager at The Merchants Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Chris I'm sad to hear of your experience at The Merchants. Our food service is an important part of the pub so this is a major concern we take seriously. I have looked into the case of the dark batter on your fish &...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a large pub, sometimes has rugby on the big screen, lots of different people including the sort of people we like to hang out with. A nice place to go with decent people in it

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I love this pub, it’s got a fantastic variety of beers, has a great atmosphere and is always vibrant. I love the different seating areas all around the place and with live music and decent food, what’s not to like.

Thank 1sammi
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Never disappoints, very good selection of beers, staff friendly & knowledgeable.. wish all pubs were this good ! :-)

Thank martin d
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Having spent some time walking through Rugby searching for a dog-friendly pub where we could have lunch, at the sixth attempt we were directed to The Merchants Inn. We were welcomed with a smile and allowed to sit anywhere we wished. The dog was made...More

Thank 591JeremyBell
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

The Merchants', as the locals call it, is a fine old pub with an excellent selection of real ales on tap from the cellar, and a good range of lagers and stout. The food at lunch is good pub food, reasonably priced, the service is...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A large pub full of character in the centre of Rugby. Several seating areas, some primarily for meals (which I didn't have). Fine and unusual choice of real ales. TV screens showing rugby (what else?). Popular, with good service. Remarkable display of old brewery signs.

Thank Tom P
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Mick W
4 December 2016|
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Response from CherryLou72 | Reviewed this property |
Dunno. Don't think so.
Alex G
6 May 2015|
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Response from scott1706 | Property representative |
Hi Alex, yes we are child and Uncle-friendly, thanks for checking though! What time and for how many people would you like a reservation for? If you'd rather give us a call the number is 01788 571119. Thanks!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Warwickshire  >  Rugby
  • Phone Number: +44 1788 571119
  • E-mail
Good old-fashioned British Pub serving the best traditional ales & ciders, continental beers, and delicious food. A must for any Rugby fan, this place is a mecca for locals looking to watch live matches. A fascinating pub with great locals, stacks of history, fantastic beer & food served by wonderful staff. What more could you ask for? - Oh and it's a stones-throw from where the game was invented!
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