A pub that is based yards from where William Webb Ellis picked up a ball and ran has been named the top rugby pub in Britain.

The Merchants Inn, in Rugby, won an online vote to pick up the award run by Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens.

It beat off competition from four other top pubs associated with the oval-ball game: The Athletic Arms in Edinburgh, The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, The Palmeira, Hove and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells in the Scottish Borders.

The competition was held ahead of this year's Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens which takes place on Saturday, April 14.

James Reeve, manager of the Merchants Inn said: "We're overwhelmed to win this award and it means a great deal to us, particularly being up against some of the best rugby bars around. We see ourselves as the pub of rugby as we are less than 200 yards from where the game was invented and it's great to know that our customers think so highly of what we offer here."

Rugby fans were asked to suggest their favourite British bars and clubs to watch rugby in, and from the suggestions given, a shortlist of five was drawn up, with voting conducted on a poll shared on the Melrose Sevens social media platforms.

The Merchants Inn gained 42.7 per cent of the vote, with the Cabbage Patch runners up, securing 35.6 per cent of the vote.