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The Blue Lias Inn, Rugby

Stockton Road
Postal town: Rugby
CV47 8LD
Phone: 01926812249
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Nick Davies left this review about The Blue Lias Inn

In through the car-park side, sanitiser, sign the book, perspex screen protecting the bar staff, Abbot or Abbot so we had eurofizz, more sanitiser, then out to the canal side. And they sell Quavers, a rare find these days.

Then a lovely hour watching a family of swans potter around and some boaters making a pig's ear of mooring.

Covid regs observance is exemplary. I wish the same could be said of the beer selection. Still worth seven points for the location. And for selling Quavers.

April 2017 notes

Unchanged in decades, and well described by BF below. You half expect some fishing nets hanging up, and hops vines strung around, and Friends Of Guvnor couples fresh back from Benidorm sitting at the bar with a pile of change and packs of Silk Cut and Dunhill lighters, Granada in the car park. Once you've got over all that you realize that only real reason for coming is the lovely canalside location, seats right by a long stretch of water, ducks to throw crisps to and a kids' play area decently far so as not to disturb the peace.

It a pity you can't count on a decent pint. There is indeed still Landlord sometimes, but when we called the other day just Tribute, which was so-so, and Doombar, which I didn't bother with.

A couple of local brews on the bar, and there are enough to choose from around here, whould make this a choice destination on a sunny afternoon.

On 25th August 2020 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about Blue Lias Inn

Top review below!

Large canalside pub.

All a bit dark and oppressive in-side. Gorgeous day and the fire was blazing.

Outside is a huge patio area and the place to be on a nice afternoon.

Surprised at the choice of ales on - four on my visit. Went for a decent pint of TT Landlord.

Some photos at my walking blog -

On 24th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Blue Lias Inn

CAMRA compile an inventory of historic pub interiors and in some ways the Blue Lias should be on that list due to a classic 1970's makeover which hasn't been swept aside like so many other to be replaced by gastroisation.The interior is eccentric to say the least,with bricks set at crazy angles,each table having it's own alcove with lace covered windows,sloping eves and internal guttering !!.The locals gather around a small bar with keg taps close to the entrance through some french windows ,while the rest of the interior runs along the canalside offering boating views.The alcove effect means there are several different sections ,while the bar supporting the handpumps is in this rear section and is surrounded by the crazy brickwork.The most attractive exterior part of the pub is from the canalside,while if entering from the carpark ,you can see a large extension which houses a sizeable function room and is garishly lit in neon giving the impression of a cheap American motel.There is also a caravan park at the rear which may bring in a few punters.
Food is served from a very trad pub grub menu ,with all mains priced strangely at £9.25 while the muzak maintained the 70's theme.
The pub name comes from the local limestone clay used in production of cement ,in which brontosaurus fossils were found but was this a good enough reason to have a Brontosaurus on the pub sign ? Another quirky feature.
Of the six handpumps,5 were reversed (all national brands)on my Friday evening visit the only option being GK Abbott ,clear but an awful brew (£1.75 the half) but in many ways this just continues the 70's theme.
Outside is a substantial beer garden on the canalside with room for visiting boats to tie up.
It's a weird place,once a lot of pubs looked like this internally so if you can stomach a poor half of real ale,wander around and remember the days when you were wearing cheesecloth shirts and flares.

On 3rd April 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Nick Davies
Leamington Spa, 7.37 miles, 2 hr 22 min walk (show)
Warwick, 9.66 miles, 3 hr 6 min walk (show)
Rugby, 10.24 miles, 3 hr 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blue Lias Inn, Stockton
25th Aug 2020, 09:41
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies
25th Aug 2020, 09:40
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 02 April 2016 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
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