The Merchants Inn



Leaves falling, dark nights, log fire, good hearty food and a BEER FESTIVAL! Great ales and traditional ciders, live music what more do you need!

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Christmas party?

Christmas menus are now available! Our buzzing bar is always filled with Christmas cheer and a festive atmosphere that’s just magical. With a huge real Christmas tree, lights, baubles and festive entertainment The Merchants Inn is THE place to hold your Christmas party, large or small, buffet or sit down meal, fizz, wine or beer we have it all. Phone now or just pop in the pub to check table availability and grab a menu or just down load it. Follow the link Christmas menu 2019 and to the booking form Christmas booking form 2019

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<h2>Vegan and gluten free menu</h2>

Vegan and gluten free menu

Check out our new Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten free menu options, whether it's the office Christmas party, a catch up with friends or a spontaneous after work beer, wine or gin and  tonic, your time with us is time well spent!

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<h2>Rugby World Cup programme of events</h2>

Rugby World Cup programme of events

Check out our substantial programme of events that includes Sunday Night at The Merchants showing classic films or Wednesday is Rugby night with great world cup matches from the past and, did you know that all England 2019 world cup matches will be repeated at 6pm on the day of the match

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These matches will be shown live on our big screen during the World Cup tournament in Japan. Click image to enlarge

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Open for all matches from 7am

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Coming up this week

Tomorrow 22/10


The Artichokes (9pm)Tomm and Hugh deliver a mighty acoustic rock experience, making more noise than you thought possible from just two people! Featuring Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keys and soaring Vocal harmony, look no further than The Artichokes to provide you with an injection of happiness

next Saturday 26/10

Live Sport

World Cup semi (9am)Who will it be?

next Sunday 27/10

Live Sport

World Cup Semi (9am)Who will it be?

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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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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,Friday is Gins and Fins 12-7pm, and our Sunday Lunch, 12-5pm is legendary, and we very busy between 12-5pm, so book in advance. Our motto is 'Local, Seasonal and Fresh' as everything is sourced as close as humanly possible and our chefs don't bring anything in prepared - everything is cooked  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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