Merchants Inn, The
Taps: 9 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
United Kingdom (England)
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Following on from John W's review, not much to add on location/pricing etc.
cost of a pint now £2.50-£2.70 depending on what beer you go for (stronger ABV = more £££)
If you want to make a quick exit to Rugby station (it's down hill on the way back) you could do it in bang on 15 minutes (brisk walk mind!) via an alleyway on to Church St then down Murray Road (maximum drinking time before your train home is important!)
Regular beers come from Oakham, Purity and B&T, a Tring brewery beer often also present. Always a good choice of beer ranges available from the cask, a pub not scared to stock a dark one, unlike others!
Normally 8 on at any one time, sometimes one from the cellar (usually a mild, porter or stout)
The pub is billed as 'over 21's only' and as such you don't get too many annoying youth's in here! It's a fairly mixed bunch of people from early 20's right up to 60's and beyond and a fairly even split between male and female drinkers when compared with many a real ale pub!
I've only once ever seen trouble in here (late on a Saturday night) and that was dealt with promptly and effectively.
They have big screen TV's but are a very Rugby (as in the sport) bias pub. They have refused to turn on the TV to show football in the past, despite it being quiet and no rugby being on, which was a bit of a bad mark in my book!
that aside, a very good pub. I've only had one bad pint here from memory (last one out of the barrell) and it was changed without fuss to a more expensive one at no extra cost.
any beer trip to Rugby should include at least a couple in the Merchants!
03-14-2010 16:53:15 | More by Ruds
United Kingdom (England)
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This half timbered old pub building is situated in the centre of Rugby, just behind the church and not far from the Information Office. If walking from the Rail Station, walk up Railway Terrace into the town centre, looking for the Church tower/steeple, and the pub is in a narrow street behind, and would take about 25 minutes to walk from Rugby Station. U shaped bar, with bar area and stools, small lounge area with leather sofas, additional small room with tables and bench seats, and larger room with about a dozen tables and chairs, and bench seats. The walls are covered in brewery memorabilia, including brewers and beers trade signs from long ago, many no longer existing, which make interesting viewing and bring back many memories! Nine hand pulls serving an ever changing range of guest beers, plus Leffe Blonde Czech Bud and Hoegaarden, plus the usual UK lagers and one cider too. Beer prices from around £2.40 a pint (at Jan 2007) for the UK Guest beers, the imported beers costing more. Good selection of Belgium bottled beers too, though a bit pricey at around £3 each.
A blackboard and signs above the bar list the beers currently available.
Good food menu with interesting and unusual choices of home cooked food, and though a little more costly than the usual pub grub worth the extra and we found it very good. Also a second menu on a blackboard of specials for the day.
Easy going atmosphere with mixed clientele, several office worker types having lunch mid-day as well as local drinkers. The fascinating surroundings of brews and beers signs of yesteryear on the wood panelled walls, and three cabinets displaying (full?) beer bottles from years gone by ( one dedicated to bottled beers celebrating the Royal Wedding in 1981!) make for a worthwhile trip to this pub anytime.
Beer Festivals held twice a year, in Spring and Autumn, more details of these, the beers, menu and history of the pub can be found on their web page at www.merchantsinn.co.uk
B'ham UK Jan 2007
01-05-2007 19:48:30 | More by JohnW
Merchants Inn, The in Rugby, United Kingdom (England)
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.