The Merchants Inn

GIN FESTIVAL 11th June - 17th June 2018

Rugby's largest Gin festival with 140 plus gins, a full range of Fever Tree tonic's, garnishes galore, live music and great food. OMG could summer really be on it's way?

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<h1>GIN FESTIVAL 11th June - 17th June 2018</h1>

Classic Beer Festival

Check out the amazing programme of events for our Classic Beer Festival. Click on this link for our beer list
CLASSIC BEER FESTIVAL and for our food and beer pairing event on Wednesday 23th May  Classic beer festival food menu and our curry menu for Thursday 24th May from 5pm Curry night menu

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BREAKING NEWS! Britain's top Rugby pub

We are proud to announce that we have been judged the winner of Britain's best pub to watch Rugby in by the world famous Melrose Seven's. Our grateful thanks go to our customers that both nominated and voted for us. We were up against some very stiff competition!

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<h2>BREAKING NEWS!  Britain's top Rugby pub</h2>

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Coming up this week

Today 23/5

Special Event

Spring beer festival, Classic ales (12pm)100+ ales and traditional ciders


Food and Beer pairing (12pm)Our special menu will run all day. Book your table now!

Tomorrow 24/5

Live Sport

 England v Pakistan (12pm)First Test

Special Event

Spring beer festival, Classic ales (12pm)100+ ales and traditional ciders


Curry night (5pm)A selection of home made dishes, poppadoms, naan,rice and ale. £12 per person, table available to book now!

Friday 25/5

Live Sport

 England v Pakistan (12pm)First test day two

Special Event

Spring beer festival, Classic ales (12pm)100+ ales and traditional ciders


Whale sized fish and chips (12pm)Served all day in newspaper


Gin-credible offers! (12pm)Over 40 available, check out our gin menu!

Saturday 26/5

Live Sport

 England v Pakistan (12pm)First test day three


Premiership final (3pm)Great rugby, in our pub that has just been voted the best pub in Britain to watch rugby and with a phenomenal range of classic ales to choose from! It doesn't get better than that!


Pro 14 final (6:30pm)

Special Event

Spring beer festival, Classic ales (12pm)100+ ales and traditional ciders

Sunday 27/5

Live Sport

 England v Pakistan (12pm)First test day four


Monaco F1 Grand Prix (1pm)Sunday lunch, fantastic beers and fast cars. Love it!


The Merchants darts tornament (3pm)Book your place now

Special Event

Spring beer festival, Classic ales (12pm)100+ ales and traditional ciders

next Monday 28/5

Live Sport

 England v Pakistan (12pm)First test day five

Special Event

Traditional pubs games day (12pm)Indoor and outdoor games. Come and have a go


Spring beer festival, Classic ales (12pm)Over 100 ales and traditional ciders


Bank Holiday Merchants quiz evening (8pm)Is your brain in peak condition? Test it with our quiz!

next Tuesday 29/5


Kent Duchane and Lead Bessie (9pm)Do we need to say any more?

The Merchants Inn

Voted the Best pub in Britain to watch the game of Rugby in by the world renown Melrose Seven's
March 2018
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 4 house beers and have a selection of 4 -6 guest ales rotating regularly and we were recently 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 Friday but our Sunday Lunch is legendary, and is very busy between 12-5 every week 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

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