Rugby pub celebrates being named "Pub of the Year" - The Rugby Observer

Rugby pub celebrates being named "Pub of the Year"

Rugby Editorial 13th Nov, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A RUGBY pub has been named one of the country’s best by a national brewing company.

The Merchants Inn was deemed ‘Puritan’ Pub of the Year by the Purity Brewing Co as part of the company’s tenth birthday celebrations.

The brewing company has been honouring pubs that uphold the brewery’s “Pure Quality” standard in the storage and serving of its craft beers.

The ‘Puritan’ Pub of the Year title acknowledges the commitment to delivering the best pint of its beers possible to the consumer, and Purity has named The Merchants Inn as its first winner.

The Merchants, known as The Pub of Rugby, is ran by Gary Burlison, Scott Whyment and their team, who have become famed for the way in which they keep and serve their Purity beer.

Paul Halsey, Purity MD, said: “We are delighted to announce The Merchants Inn as our first Puritan Pub of the Year. Gary and Scott are fantastic operators and never fail to take great care of the beer that we carefully craft here at the brewery. Their outlook on business and their work ethic is exceptional, and they are repaid over and over by their loyal staff and customers.

“All of us at Purity are delighted to raise a glass to them and we look forward to celebrating with more of our loyal advocates as we name more pubs as ‘Puritan’ pubs over the coming years.”

After picking up the award, co-operator Scott said: “We are delighted to have been named as the inaugural ‘Puritan Pub of the Year’. To be recognised by the brewery for the way we serve our beer and keep our cellar is testament to the hard work of The Merchants Inn team and something that we will all look forward to celebrating together. The quality of the beer is exceptional and we are proud of our high standards and the quality of our service. Cheers.”

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