The Merchants Inn
5 Little Church Street
Open all day
The Merchants Inn
The Merchant's Inn is where you will find great beer, great food and great times all in a traditional English pub setting.
They serve up to six guest ales plus three regular ales. They also have a selection of bottled continental ales.
Refurbished in 2002, the Merchant's has a reputation for serving only the very best traditional ales and foreign beers.
The pub is conveniently situated close to Rugby town centre and only 10 minutes walk from the railway station.
A real fire for winter and a small patio area for summer.
Food is served here 12-3 Monday to Friday and 12-5 at weekends.
The pub was originally owned by Northampton Brewery Company and called the The Coopers along with brewing operations and a cooperage. In 1921 the site was acquired by the Whittaker family who operated a wine merchant's and bottling facility for Guinness among others.
The building saw use as a public house again in the late eighties when the Whittaker Brothers opened the Royal Warwicks. The property was sold in the mid nineties to the Pineapple Pub Company and saw a decline in trade over the following 10 years during which time it was known as Le Cafe among others. The site was purchased in 2002 by Burlison Inns and after a facelift was reopened as The Merchant's Inn.
As you will learn from the website and by visiting the pub, they are passionate about beer. With up to 9 cask ales available at any time plus real ciders and perry's and draught and bottled Belgian beers, there is plenty to choose from.
This passion for beer is emphasised by the massive amount of breweriana displayed in the pub. Breweriana is essentially the collection of absolutely anything and everything related to breweries, both old and new. Items collected include beer labels, beer bottles, pump clips, beer mats, old advertising signs and cards, brewery billheads, jugs, glasses, playing cards, water jugs, even pub furniture including old pub mirrors. Most important though is the fact that the brewery name must be on the items collected. It is a sad fact that so many UK breweries have closed, and continue to close since the second world war. However, with the help of groups like The Brewery History Society, the collection of breweriana pays homage to what is really a national art - brewing.
They also have two annual beer festivals, live music (Tuesday nights are a must), and various other entertainment.
They also cater for private functions, be it a business lunch or presentation or a simple celebration. The back room in the Merchant's Inn - or the whole pub if you'd prefer - is flexible and atmospheric enough for anyone to enjoy.
Access for the disabled is possible from the rear entrance.
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Up to 6 guest ales.
Bottled Belgian beers.
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