The Merchants Inn


The Rail Ale festival departs on Monday 20th May and terminates on Monday 27th May 2019. I can hear getting up steam now! The beer list will comprise of ales from breweries located between London to Glasgow on the West Coast mainline. We will have stops at London, Rugby, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, plenty of ale, first class entertainment and food! Visit us every day and get your ticket stamped and get a free pint and a festival T shirt. Tickets are only available on Monday. To explore the beer list please click here RAIL ALE FESTIVAL FINAL BEER LIST Ooops got to go now the signals have just changed to green. 

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Best pub to watch Rugby in!

We've done it again! we are officially the Best Pub in the UK to watch Rugby in for the second year running, as voted for by our customers in conjunction with The Melrose Sevens. The team here at The Merchants thank all our customers who took the time to vote for us. Cheers

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Coming up this week

Today 22/5

Special Event

RAIL ALE TRAIN (12pm)Spice Train, beer and curry night from 5pm Book now!

Tomorrow 23/5

Special Event

RAIL ALE TRAIN (12pm)The Soul Train, Northern Soul evening with Smarty on the turn table 9pm

Friday 24/5

Special Event

RAIL ALE TRAIN (12pm)Gin Express, First Class Gin Offers from 5pm

Saturday 25/5

Live Sport

Gallagher Premiership Semi Finals (2pm)Both matches live on our big screen

Special Event

RAIL ALE TRAIN (12pm)100 Beers and traditional ciders as well as great food

Sunday 26/5

Special Event

RAIL ALE TRAIN (12pm)100 Beers and traditional ciders as well our legendary Sunday lunch

next Monday 27/5


The Merchants Inn quiz night (8pm)With your quiz master Stevie B! £1 per person entry, max of 6 people per team, proceeds to The Friends of St Cross hospital rugby

Special Event

RAIL ALE TRAIN (12pm)Rail Strike, HS2 for 1 offers on the festival bar 4-8pm, Pub quiz from 8pm,

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The Merchants Inn

Voted the Best pub in Britain to watch the game of Rugby in by the world renown Melrose Seven's
2018 and 2019!
The Pub of Rugby and winner of The Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism Award for Best Pub 2015
Welcome to Merchants Inn, where you'll find great beer and food but also see we're a little mad about our Real Ale and Rugby.
Nestled on Little Church Street in the heart of Rugby, there's no better place to drink great real ales and watch top live rugby.

Real Ales

We stock 3 house beers, Nethergate Venture, Purity Mad Goose and Oakham Bishops Farewell and have a selection of 4 -6 guest ales rotating regularly and we were awarded The 'Puritan' Pub of the Year 2015 by The Purity Brewing Co.
During a regular week don't be surprised to see as many  as 25 different ales on tap.
For Real Ale lovers we also house one of the largest independent collections of brewery memorabilia in the country!
We also have a massive range (100+) of Belgian, German and American craft beers.

The Home of The Game

When visiting the home of Rugby you'll want to visit a pub that is the heart of the game, and that's The Merchants Inn. In fact you can actually see where the game was invented right from our front door. We have very good links with Rugby School, Wasps, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and The Matt Hampson Foundation.
The Merchants has a reputation for being the best place to watch live rugby. We have giant screens and an atmosphere that is second only to being there. We will be showng Aviva premiership and European cup games 


We serve lunch from 12-3 Monday to Thursday, 12-7pm Friday and our Sunday Lunch, 12-5pm is legendary, and we very busy between 12-5pm, so book in advance. Our motto is 'Local, Seasonal, Fresh' as everything is sourced as close as humanly possible and our chefs don't bring anything in prepared - everything is made fresh.

Events & Beer and Food Festivals (check out the events diary page)

We're always busy with something happening on a regular basis including live music EVERY TUESDAY and a quiz evening on the last Monday of every month. We host 2 beer festivals per year selling over 100 ales at each and  1 cider festival per year selling over 100 ciders plus  a German beer Festival in September. Did you know that we can now take card payements over the phone, JUST CALL 01788 571119 Click here to see our 2019 calendar of events //

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