Six Nations Rugby
There is nowhere quite like the pub to enjoy the atmosphere of a major sporting occasion like the Six Nations Rugby. Whether it’s feelings of agony or ecstasy, the pub gives you a shoulder to cry on and a drink to celebrate or commiserate the action.
This Six Nations is going to be especially exciting, after the enthralling Rugby World Cup campaign played out in Japan over the autumn of last year. England came up short in the final against a rampant South Africa side, shattering fans’ dreams of lifting the Webb Ellis trophy once again. While Wales also had an impressive campaign, Scotland and Ireland perhaps didn’t live up to their lofty expectations before the tournament started.
As current Six Nations champions, Wales will be the scalp everybody is after and they kick off this year’s tournament at home to Italy on Saturday 1st February. Ireland start their campaign at home against Scotland on Saturday 1st February and England travel to Paris to face France on Sunday 2nd February.
Over the course of the opening weekend, the pub will give you a chance to dig out your inner pundit with your mates, analysing all the action and taking part in debates long after the final whistle – with a pint of cold, crisp lager or a creamy Guinness.
The other reason not to miss out on the Six Nations at your local pub is the amount of great deals publicans put on during the tournament. Whether it’s extended happy hours, discounted beers or even free drink vouchers, many pubs will be putting on something special to bring in the fans.
So, what are you waiting for? Make sure you’re supporting your local while cheering on your team during this year’s Six Nations tournament.
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Some Of Our Favourite Rugby Pubs
Take a look at out top picks from around England & Wales to watch the Six Nations rugby. A great atmosphere and a good view to be had here.
The Garden Shed has not only a projector but four HD TVs to choose from. A superb surround sound system creates a cracking atmosphere. Outside there is a refurbished heated decking area. For the summer months a 75inch 4K TV will be in the beer garden, for the Euros. A diverse crowd and food deals make a visit a must.
Following a £250k refurbishment in 2019, there’s a lot more space in the Crown. There are three large screens for your viewing pleasure. Also a popular live music venue with some famous names playing here over the years. A great menu which includes some Portuguese options, afterall the hosts hail from there. Enjoy your visit.
The Empress has quickly established itself as the go to pub in Harrogate for sporting events, it features several 65 inch TV screens. They are supported by a full state of the art audio background sound system creating a stadium feel for sporting events. Also a great feature is an external all weather TV area to the rear of the pub in a private walled area with decking and benches for 40 people. Excellent food and strong selection of cask and premium beers/lagers. Recently refurbished to a high standard make it one of best places to watch sport not only in Harrogate but in Yorkshire.
A big screen projector shows all the rugby and football action. Not just for sport the Ship & Shovel has regular live entertainment, a great decked area outside. The usual suspects on the bar of Foster, Doombar and Guinness with extra choice of Birra Moretti, Coors Light, Pravha and Offshore Pilsner. Check out our Facebook page for events.
Of course a big screen is a must for a sports pub. The Sir Joseph Paxton also entertains us with midweek quizzes and ‘meat draws’ as well as regular live entertainment. Plenty of parking as well as a beer garden in the summer. If you’re hungry there a traditional pub food menu available. Carling, Coors Light and Doombar on the bar with Otter beer, Staropramen and Kronenbourg adding to the range available.
The Feathers is great sports pub located on the high street of Budleigh Salterton. Multiple big screens and one located of the back bar so viewing is easy and comfortable. The public bar is popular with the locals and always has a fantastic atmosphere. The food is top-notch and there are always offers during live sports before the match or after, and you can pre order food for half time. A wide range of drinks is available which suits all ages - so pop in?
Situated on Bryn-y-Mor Road, The Westbourne is a stone’s throw from the famous St Helens rugby and cricket ground where Swansea RFC are based. A rugby pub by nature, it generates a fantastic atmosphere on match days with six big screens showing all the action. It serves food until 3pm, with vegan and gluten free options available, and even runs 50p off the price of a Guinness during all Wales matches.
The Crabmill in Bromsgrove is recently refurbished and shows all Sky Sports and BT Sports action. Its video wall makes it the area’s premium live sport venue, coupled with its fantastic selection of beers, gins and vodkas you’ll be sure to have a great time watching the action unfold.
The Greenacres in Oldham is the biggest sports venue in the area, with a ‘TV wall’ made up of five separate screens and two big screen projectors. During big matches, the pub chooses a beer and takes 50p off the price and even dishes out ‘buy 5 pints, get 1 free’ loyalty cards. It shows all live sport throughout the year, including football, rugby, horse racing, snooker and darts.
The Black Horse in Wakefield has three large screens for showing live sport and regularly runs special offers, such as pizza and a pint for £10. The pub will be running MatchPint’s ‘Guinness Score Predictor’ game, giving you the chance to win prizes if you guess the correct score in the app.
With eight HD TVs and a large outdoor screen, the Gloucester in Weymouth is the perfect spot to catch the latest live sports action. The pub is big on food and offers a special sports menu during match days, for you to select platters and dishes to share with your mates. The Gloucester implements a zoning policy during busy sporting periods, splitting the pub up and showing different events in each section. The publican even pays for heavyweight boxing bouts and lays on evening meals or breakfast depending on the time of day the fight is on.
The Famous King George is a busy sports pub, with four wall-mounted TVs showing all the top action. It gets particularly busy during the football season, when Manchester City and Manchester United have matches on. They are big on drinks deals, hosting raffles giving customers the chance to win tequila shots during match days! Something unique The Famous King George offers is a dish on the menu dedicated to the opposition during live England games – something that can get very interesting!
There are a number of screens around this traditional Yorkshire pub that generates a fantastic atmosphere during sporting events. With a selection of fine cask ales and delicious home cooked food, The Golden Fleece is perfect for families and friends to get together to watch the action unfold. The pub is known for its brilliant pies, with fillings changing regularly.
Located in Thornbury there is a big rugby following in this pub especially due to the fact the Publican’s sons play for the local rugby team. The pub’s large screens are perfect to enjoy the game and if you go during England games, you’ll be able to indulge in a free burger and enter a free prize draw to win a 20 pint bar tab. Why not stay after the game on a Sunday and join in the Joker game at 6pm. This pub’s got it all, a great atmosphere, drink offers, free food, prize draws and entertainment, what more do you want.?
So much sport in The Directors Box pub. Nine mega-screens mean there’s a perfect view of the action from every seat. The team are primed to keep the drinks and food flowing so you enjoy sport in the pub uninterrupted. Real ales, continental lagers, fruity ciders and exotic gins…Burgers, platters and the biggest nachos in town. Pre-book it gets busy because this pub is an exciting venue purpose-made for big match viewing with your mates.
The Sportsman pub is sport crazy from Rugby & Football to F1 & Horseracing. Multiple screens and both Sky & BT. As well as showing sports in the TV we also have high quality pool tables and darts boards available. Pub food and a pizza menu available & children welcome in the annexe area.