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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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Rugby, England, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Visited for the titanic evening. Great entertainment, great service and good food. Will definitely be back next year for this evening. On a side note... Dogs allowed and kids until 5, brilliant!!

Thank SimonM87
Rugby, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Love this place, there's always a great atmosphere - especially if there's a Rugby match on - you'd be advised to book your table/keg of beer in advance because it's absolutely rammed on match days where they're shown on a projector screen in the large room at the back of the pub. For a quieter daytime drink go on a... More 

Thank TheRahmanator
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

What a lovely atmosphere in the Merchants, however to price of wine was staggering, I thought they had made a mistake. Don't think we will be returning in the near future. Other pubs in Rugby half the price

Thank 313Jane26
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97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Nice old pub. Average fish and chips. Burger was ok. Large portions. Average pub prices. Carpets need a good clean. Pay and display parking.

Thank Tvlx3
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309 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

The Merchants is a sizeable pub with a large dining area and several quiet corners where you can hide away if you want to. There is a large TV screen in the main bar, where rugby is shown at every opportunity. The pub is dog friendly, which is a big plus for a town centre venue. We had lunch here... More 

Thank John S
Coventry, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

My Wife got booted off a table ,when I went to the bar to order drinks and food, which was apparently reserved for regulars even though no sign was on the table and there was no indication that anyone was sitting there. The staff look after the locals but no care given for anyone else. Shame that they missed out... More 

Thank sw251
scott1706, General Manager at The Merchants Inn, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm gutted to hear of your experience at The Merchants. I hope you can tell from previous reviews that this is quite out of the ordinary. Would it be possible for you to email me directly with some precise details of what happened and I will investigate immediately. Please use: marketing@merchantinn.plus.com What I would suggest, from the date... More 

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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Old style pub with an amazing selection of real ales. Owners also appear to be into their Belgian beers with a wide selection of bottled available with a 'menu' complete with tasting notes. 1/3 pint sample selection is superb if you want to work your way through the draft selection. Be warned there is a lot of choice on draught... More 

Thank waringontour
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Best rugby pub! Always great, staff are always on the ball considering how busy they are, you never wait for a drink! Great atmosphere!!

Thank SCBage
Rugby, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Read paper not noisy, half full Sunday, friendly atmosphere plenty of different drinks to try on offer

Thank crabby2015
Coventry, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

My friend. Visited me from london. We decided to eat at the inn after reading great comments on google. The food was a utter disgrace. I can only be happy i had vegetarian if not i would have been in hospital. The food was not as described. It was uncooked. The sauce was nothing more than watered down dolmio. The... More 

Thank lisajones136789

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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
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?