A pub based next to where William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran has once again been named as the nation's top rugby pub.

The Merchant's Inn in Rugby has won the Aberdeen Standard Investments Sevens Rugby Pub of the Year title for the second time.

It came out on top in a vote on social media ahead of the Sup & Chow, Cheltenham, Queenshead Hotel, Kelso and the Queen's Arms, Edinburgh.

Supporters praised the great atmosphere, friendly staff and winning selection of drinks.

James Reeve, manager of The Merchant's Inn, said: "It's absolutely amazing to win this award especially when we were up against such tough competition, including two pubs much closer to the home of Melrose Sevens than we are, so I am genuinely shocked but very happy."




Douglas Hardie, president of Melrose Rugby Club, said: "We're delighted that so many people took the time and effort to vote and we could sense the pride and passion that fans have for rugby and their local pubs from their feedback.

"It's been great hearing about all the best pubs to grab a pint and watch the game surrounded by fellow fans and what came across loud and clear is that all the contenders pull out all the stops for supporters of the game."

This is the second year the competition has been run by the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens in the lead up to the tournament, which takes place on Saturday April 13.