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The Merchants Inn

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AN, England
+44 1788 571119
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic selection of beer all served with a smile. The pub is a great place for a wide selection of beer

Thank Christopher M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love a crisp white wine and usually struggle to find a decent bottle but the merchant never fails me. It's local so we've been there a good few times. Obviously the beer selection is great, with many ales available. The atmosphere is more of a rugby crowd than a footie crowd and it feels relaxed and comfortable. Overall, definitely... More 

Thank Amie H
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Merchants is one of the best pubs I've ever visited It's a real pub with an endless range of beers Real ale , Belgian beers like Leffe on tap You have to go there

Thank MarkMosley
Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely pub. A great atmosphere, packed and the bar staff are lovely. They do a good bar snack range too.

Thank ShelleyLynn G
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Having read the reviews about this place is decided to visit. Inside is a lovely pub with great selection of ales, ciders and beers. Can't wait to come back to watch live sports here. England v Wales next weekend in 6 nations rugby.

Thank Darren S
Rugby, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Visited this pub with friends on a Saturday lunchtime, the pub had only just opened so not at all busy. We ordered our drinks and sat down.....Our friends started their drinks and did not look happy....after another taste they agreed that there was something amiss and took them back to the bar. The person serving was totally unhelpful, in fact... More 

1 Thank EJSLA
scott1706, Manager at The Merchants Inn, responded to this review

Hello, I'm sad to hear of your experience at The Merchants. We pride ourselves on the quality of beer we serve so this is a major concern we take seriously. I have investigated your complaint and the beer you had was top quality with no other issues/objections before or after you left. None the less, our staff were wrong in... More 

Rugby, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Hi I went with the Family on Boxing Day 2017.A lovely place for a drink etc.They have lots of themes through the year,Real ale etc. The staff are so friendly and very quick. I would just like to say thanks to all the staff,who found my Grandsons winter coat,which was left there on boxing day.I popped in later in the... More 

Thank Rogerbar1
Leyburn, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I rarely eat at the Merchants but I love the atmosphere particularly when they have live music. The choice of 'proper' beer is always excellent and I look forward to every visit.

Thank 1sammi
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

The Merchants has never ceased to amaze me. How they can change the back room from showing a Rugby match to putting on the best Christmas dinner I've had in years is truly amazing. Well done to the team! I'll be back

Thank Robert S
Rugby, United Kingdom
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396 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Lots of pubs in Rugby, it's a great place for a pub crawl. Just make sure you end up in the Merchants. If you start off there, you'll not leave because it has the widest selection of craft beers, ciders, wines, etc etc, great staff & a buzzing atmosphere. Live music on Tuesday nights & a few beer, cider &... More 

1 Thank Christine W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?