Live music and real ale at Rugby’s micropub
Tired of the big name breweries and pubco’s? We’ve found a corner of Rugby that offers a completely unique experience when is comes to drinking out. We visit independent micropub The Rugby Tap, where small is definitely beautiful.
Recently named CAMRA Pub of the Year, it’s an intimate venue, and possibly the smallest in Rugby. Ushered through the regulars seated on benches each side of the pub, we made our way past an ensemble of musicians playing guitars, double bass and violin, to the back of the pub. Unusually, we were greeted by our barman for the night, not propping up the bar, but holding a tray and wearing an apron. He serves real ale straight from the barrel as well as generous offering of wines, soft drinks and coffees. The focus of the beers is sourcing brews from within a 30 miles radius of Rugby. However they also offer international beers such as the Brooklyn Brewery from the USA, and Vedette from Belgium.
On the first Thursday of the month they host jam sessions providing a platform for local performers. Tonight it’s the turn of musicians Crow’s Feet, who play acoustic covers with the crowds support. There’s a great atmosphere as everyone sings along; anyone can bring an instrument and join in. What’s strikingly different to other pubs, is this one offers table service. Just catch the eye of owner Colin Arthur and he’ll happily pour your drink and bring it over along with your change.
If you want to see more, join them every first Thursday of the month after 7pm. Or there is also an adjoining shop, open 10am-6pm, where you can buy local ale, bottled and from the cask alongside whisky’s, gin, vodkas and wine. One of our favourite whisky is Tobermory, a 10 year old single malt, available in 70cl bottles priced very reasonably at £35.99. For connoisseurs, there’s the Laphroaig 18 year old single malt, at £84.99 for 70cl. It is produced in limited quantities and matured for 18 years for greater depth, taste and texture.