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The Merchants Inn


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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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!
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub
Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place for a drink and a snack or meal.We go every week for a drink and to meet friends. Beer changes all the time so the one you liked last time you were here might not be there!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank SheilaMac66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in on a recommendation and they were having a ‘rail ale train festival’, which was based on beers from breweries on certain railway lines. What a great idea! Tucked away along a cul de sac near to the town centre, good looking traditional type...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called on at lunchtime just for a drink and a bite. Good selection of beers and other drinks. We had the nonions to eat. Good pub.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great venue.. never lets us down & what an array of simply brilliant real ales available. The service is always friendly & knowledable & the beers are always top drawer.. we wished we lived closer !!

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank martin d
Reviewed April 14, 2019

Great atmosphere, great beers and spirit selection, the food is fantastic. There are plenty of cosy little places to meet up with people and be private on the other hand it’s a fantastic place to be in a big crowd for the rugby internationals. Service...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Carnie2808
Reviewed April 9, 2019 via mobile

Another great beer festival. So much choice. The burgers were delicious. Love the quirky names on the menu.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Popped in yesterday for pub lunch as was in the area with my partner. We had fish and chips, and the Bergamasco burger, was really nice. Friendly staff and atmosphere. Would visit again.

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank sophiek658
Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

We went along to the Beerexit Belgian meal night and it was wonderful. Great staff, lovely service, a wonderful choice of European beers ... and delicious food. Lots of Mussels as a starter, Belgian Meatballs (that I'd never had before !!) and a BIG Chocolate...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Britrunner
Reviewed April 1, 2019

The pub has a wide variety of beers on draft. The crowd was a real mix of ages but there was more of a trend towards older rather than younger people. There was a live band and smoking garden. Atmosphere was really good.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Liam C
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Good place. Decent food. Good portion. Affordable price. Good environment. Good location. Good parking.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Bjorn d
April 29, 2018|
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Response from Rod19499 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the pub is dog friendly.
Mick W
December 4, 2016|
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Response from CherryLou72 | Reviewed this property |
Dunno. Don't think so.
Alex G
May 6, 2015|
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Response from scott1706 | Property representative |
Hi Alex, yes we are child and Uncle-friendly, thanks for checking though! What time and for how many people would you like a reservation for? If you'd rather give us a call the number is 01788 571119. Thanks!
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