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Rugby Christmas blog - part I

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. In Rugby, you can ‘shop local’ in quality local shops, restaurants and bars at a more leisurely pace.  Here we take a #TheRugbyTown #Instatour to see what’s on offer for those Christmas shopping, those just browsing or for those who want to spend festive evenings soaking up the atmosphere in relaxed cafes and bars. We'll continue next week with a look at more, including events in the town.
Share your Rugby Christmas experiences with #TheRugbyTown.

The Merchant's Inn

Rugby’s most famous bar, the Merchant's Inn serves great beer and food. For those that don’t know, the pub is mad about real ale and rugby.  This year the Merchant's was voted the UK’s best bar to watch Rugby by Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens voters.  The Merchant's famed Christmas tree is now up. Come and enjoy with a mulled cider.

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Abraxas Cookshop

Wander through Rugby and you can’t help but be drawn in to the beautiful Abraxas Cookshop.  So much lovely home and kitchen ware...and so many things you never knew you needed.  With such a beautiful display, it’s no wonder Abraxas won this year’s Rugby Christmas Window Competition!

Bacco Lounge

The wonderfully laid back Bacco Lounge is ready to welcome the weary Christmas shopper with a lovely warm peppermint hot chocolate.  There’s a great food and drink across the menu, but this is a must have!

Izzy Loops

Muddy Stilettos 2018 winner Izzy Loops is the best place to be in Rugby if you an expert or dipping your toe into interior decoration.  Izzy conducts fantastic workshops too.  This wreath making workshop is one of many that are held regularly.

The Nest

Who indeed can resist this mouse on skis. The Nest is the place to go for those hard to find unusual gifts from local crafters.

Sass Rugby

Sass is a womenswear boutique full of style and sass. Handpicked collections, the most stylish of brands and some wonderful service too.  This window display is sure to have a present or two…

Gallachers Wine

Pop into Gallachers, Rugby’s independent wine merchant, for a glass of delicious homemade mulled wine as you browse the fine selection of wines and gift hampers in this lovely, cosy shop.

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The Toolshed Cafe

The Toolshed Café’s fantastic mince pies are the stuff of legend. Pre-order yours for Christmas now…

Rugby Visitor Centre

Have you seen this wonderful Rugby skyline Christmas bauble?  Handpainted, this is a great gift for those in Rugby or those who want to be reminded of time in our special town. Pick this up and more at the Rugby Visitor Centre.


Santa Claus is Coming to Rugby Town Centre

Finally, if you are in town with the kids, don’t forget to visit Santa in Yum Yum World….take a look at where he’ll be staying when he drops by… his first visit will be this Saturday. All children get a gift and donations will support Rugby Autism Network and the Sick Children Trust.

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