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The Merchants Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AN, England
+44 1788 571119
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
5-7 Little Church Street, Rugby CV21 3AN, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a lovely pub- fairly new, so not a "spit and sawdust" affair, but well themed, and great selection of real ales. No loud music, so good to converse with friends, but we were treated to live piano music- fabulous!! Highly recommended.

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good breakfast, TV coverage & bar service, with tasty snacks any time of day. Over the last few years we have enjoyed 6 Nation matches & International matches on TV with brilliant atmosphere.

Thank Douglas K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old fashioned, homely, atmospheric. Good selection of real ales. Friendly staff.We sat in what I would describe as the library. Got so comfortable almost forgot to get up and go to dinner. We'd reserved a table elsewhere but we're getting well settled. Definitely return to...More

Thank DREW R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last minute decision. Always a good place to go. Good food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Since moving to Rugby its become my local inspite of being a 30 minute walk.

Thank G W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this amazing pub as part of our stag do pub crawl in Rugby - loved the selection of real ales and great lively atmosphere. We then moved onto the Black Swan (aka Dirty Duck) which was like a meat market with 6 deep at...More

Thank IWantAVilla
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Good grub, love of rugby, wild choice of ciders and a good beer selection. There are several strategically placed TVs to watch your sport and a wonderful choice behind the bar.

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Went to the merchants inn last night to celebrate my brothers 18th birthday. The ladies behind the bar are always wonderful and polite. I always have a good night there. My one dig last night was that they shut the smoking area 2 hours before...More

Thank Prewster123
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Just love The Merchants beer and cider festivals. Have been to a few now. Great friendly helpful staff. Always happy to help you with your choice. The food very good. It's a great place to meet friends, old and new.

Thank Dippy D
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely afternoon spent sampling their range of Gins , 119 I think but we didn’t manage them all ;) . Friendly staff , great pub atmosphere. Tapas wasn’t as nice as the pictures described, but we did lunch there and their Homemade Beef burgers with...More

Thank Claire C
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

What a great evening at the Merchants for the start of “Gin Week”. A lovely lemon sole meal, freshly prepared and very tasty, accompanied, of course, with a gorgeous gin from the 100 on selection this week. Lovely friendly, welcoming and efficient staff and a...More

Thank Sirenita123
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Bjorn d
29 April 2018|
Response from maccies16 | Reviewed this property |
I believe not ! Only guide dogs x
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
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Average prices
USD 20
Bar, British, Pub
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
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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
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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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