Rugby The insiders' guide
PUBLISHED: 11:06 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:05 20 February 2013
For a former sleepy market town, Rugby has some admirable claims to fame.
For a former sleepy market town, Rugby has some admirable claims to fame. The birthplace of the game of rugby football, its also home to one of Englands oldest and most prestigious public schools and it was in Rugby that the first British jet engine was designed by Frank Whittle in the 1930s. So what does modern day Rugby have to offer? We found out from the people who live there.
Is Rugby born and bred.
Ive seen Rugby change a lot over the years. I think its retained its market town feel as thats its heritage, but its become more pedestrian friendly and the range of shops is slightly better than when I was younger.
For a bite to eat Id recommend Summersault on the High Street, which is an independently owned restaurant and coffee house. The owners have done a wonderful job with the building and restored it back to its original 1920s style (www.summersault.ltd.uk).
Id also go to La Casa Loco, another independently owned Mexican restaurant. Its been going for at least 15 years and has a really good reputation.
Its nice to look up the High Street with Rugby School at the end of it and get a sense of the towns history.
Id like to see more independent businesses in the town and I think thats something the council should look at in terms of giving grants to local people who want to start up businesses. It makes the town more attractive.
A hidden gem: Caldecott Park is a bit of a little gem right on the doorstep of the town and is always beautifully kept
Has lived in Rugby for eight years.
There is generally a pleasant atmosphere in Rugby and people in the shops are very friendly. Its a typical small market town and you tend to
get to know people and feel at home here.
Id recommend Vanilla Lifestyle to grab a coffee and it has some lovely things in the gift shop.
There are some nice places to eat if you look. Vermillion (a brasserie-style restaurant in a warehouse conversion www.vermillion restaurant.co.uk) is lovely, and the Mediterranean restaurant La Margherita is very nice as well (www.lamargherita restaurant.com).
Rugby is constantly striving to improve itself and make it a more pleasant experience to shop here. I think things are picking up for businesses in the town and empty units are being slowly filled by interesting new shops.
The town is very welcoming of different cultures and has become a lot more cosmopolitan with Polish delis opening up and things like that and there is a good sense of community.
Has lived in Rugby all of her life.
Shopping in Rugby has got a bit better but we could do with more of the High Street chains.
I have been for meals at the Mexican restaurant La Casa Loco and thats very nice (www.lacasaloco.co.uk)
I just like it in Rugby because you know everybody. My partner is from Sheffield and doesnt like it for that reason, but I think its nice. The worst thing is that theres not much to do. The nightlife is good if youre younger, but theres not a lot for the older age group or my age group.
Has lived in Rugby for 20 years.
The shopping here is alright. For your local type of shops its quite good compared to other towns. I have a lot of visitors from other
areas of the country and they say
its nice to see more independent type shops, although there are fewer now. From a personal viewpoint, the lack of good quality mens clothes shops is the worst thing about the town. I struggle to find decent clothes.
For an Indian meal we think the Romna is the best and have been going there for 20 years. (www.romnarugby.co.uk). There is a good range of restaurants here, with Indians, Thai, pizza and the Mexican, La Casa Loco, which is always packed.
Rugby is a safe place to be. People here come from all over and mix really well.
Has lived in Rugby since 1993.
Rugby has got potential, after all, rugby football was invented here and that could be promoted more. The council should ask the local people how they think that should be done.
When I first came here I thought the shopping was brilliant but over the last four or five years it has declined. I think there are opportunities there for individual businesses but the problem is the rents and rates are too high.
For a good meal I go to The Bear at Bilton and the food there is always wonderful. (www.charleswells.co.uk/home/pub-guide/pub/bear)
Has lived in Rugby for all of his 38 years.
The best thing about Rugby is its accessibility and cleanliness and they do keep it looking nice.
I think shopping has potential here but is being spoiled by too many low grade shops and it needs less charity shops because that spoils the image of the town. The rents need to be lowered to attract businesses into the town. I go out of town for mens clothes because there is only Burton and Next for men here.
Rugby is a good place to bring up children because its nice and quiet and theres no hectic traffic. There are quite a few parks like Caldecott Park that are well-maintained where we like to go for a walk, and theres also Draycote Water just a few miles out of the town.
Lives just outside Rugby.
Rugby has got a lot of character with the old buildings and the public school, it is quite historic and thats the best thing about it.
I like the pedestrianised shopping area around the Clock Tower and High Street and Sheep Street and the shopping here is quite good generally.
Its best kept secret is the school and its historical features. The Rugby Museum is very good and worth a visit.
I think the town has a good balance and caters well for all age ranges.
Evelyn and Jack Carter
Live in Daventry and regularly visit their daughter, Julia, who has lived in Rugby for 15 years.
The town is best known for Rugby School.
What puzzles us about Rugby is that the council has allowed buildings to be built that have no place in a town like this. If you look at the historic fascias and architecture of the buildings above the shop fronts, you can see what the town used to look like and they should have maintained that.
There are some individual shops along Regent Street but the pedestrianised town centre is a bit of a mess because of the downturn in the economy. There are too many charity shops and the impression that gives isnt good.