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“Very comfortable, with a warm and welcoming bar area”

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The Raven Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Much Wenlock
Certificate of Excellence
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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“Very comfortable, with a warm and welcoming bar area”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

The hotel is in an excellent location in the centre of Much Wenlock, so very good for a stroll around ....... well, it would have been had it not been raining hard! The hotel has a feel of quality about it and my bedroom (in the Forge annex) was large (possibly because it was the disabled room), very comfortable, appointed to a high standard and with a strong and free wifi signal. There was also a large corner bath in what was also a large bathroom.

The hotel bar is very welcoming and comfortable; moreover, it served draft Peroni. Top tip is to pre-book a table for an evening meal, whether it is from the dinner or bar meal menu. I decided on the latter, but having not booked - I didn't think that there was a need to for a 'bar meal' - there was a wait of an hour even for a bar meal, because of the demand on tables and the kitchen. I decided not to wait until what would have been after 9pm and went elsewhere, so cannot comment on the food. It is also rather odd that you can only book b&b on the Hotel's website, yet there is a dinner, b&b rate on a sheet at reception.

I did eat breakfast, which was a rather disjointed experience, although the freshly cooked breakfast was very good. Tables in the restaurant area were obviously in short supply, so the area near the bar had been pressed into action. There were some boxes of cereal and fruit juice on a nearby table, but the staff never mentioned that there was fruit, croissants, etc, in the restaurant area. I only spotted that when I went looking for staff on check out. So the dining experience, or lack of, rather took the edge off my stay, which was a pity as the hotel has a lot going for it, but was obviously not quite coping with being so busy.

I booked directly using the hotel website and obtained what I considered was a competitive and reasonable rate for a hotel of this quality.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

We set off for our first visit to Shropshire and Much Wenlock and what a lovely surprise we had.We were quite early to book in but we were welcomed and shown to our lovely room at The Raven,the staff were lovely and couldn,t do enough for us.We had booked our evening meal for 7.30pm and we were shown into the lounge and and given a taster with our drinks and then taken into the restaurant.Our meal was the 7 course taster meal and my goodness it was superb, we loved every bit of it and so did all the other guests that we spoke to.After a good nights sleep breakfast was very good to.Lovely stay and hope to return soon.The Raven and Much Wenlock was wonderful.

Room Tip: Only saw ours on the first floor and it was lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cannock
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

We went to The Raven Hotel for one night to celebrate a special occasion, we'd read the reviews which said the food was good & it certainly lived up to expectations in that regard. We'd read a lot about the taster menu but we weren't offered that, we heard others ordering it but they were told its content was a surprise & the waiter wouldn't tell them what was on it. Call me fussy but I like to know what I'm about to eat so we wouldn't have gone with that anyway. But no worries, my venison was superb as was the wife's duck. Starters were brilliant & deserts were great too. The wine list is very reasonably priced & had plenty of choice.

The atmosphere in the restaurant, & in the bar before, was very pleasant, not too crowded, not too noisy, the staff were very good indeed. All the public areas of the hotel were smart too.

The room was a bit of a disappointment, we stayed in the Gallery room which is a large room just across the courtyard from the main building. The large bed was on a mezzanine level above the main room. It was just a bit tired, stained walls, tatty furniture, none of it comfortable, good cobwebs, etc. The bathroom badly needs a refit too.

But we went for the food which was great & we had a couple of hours wandering around Much Wenlock which was great too, so good time was had by all.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I spent a couple days at The Raven for our wedding anniversary, we had a warm welcome and shown to a lovely room across the courtyard. The room was gorgeously decorated, comfortable, spacious and clean. The restaurant was tastefully decorated and had a lovely ambience. We ate on both nights and the food was amazing, the menu well thought out, in season and beautifully presented. The taster menu if somewhat large was fantastic. We could not fault the staff, pleasant, knowledgable and attentive, but left us alone when required. Lovely hotel in a lovely town, would definately go back,

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bromborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We have spent New Year's Eve at The Raven for the past 10 years or so. Always good time, good service and helpful staff. However, the menu has been pretty much the same and to be quite honest was getting a bit tired. That is until this year, there is a new chef and he has worked wonders. The menu this year was a total change superb in every way. Just to make sure that it was not a one off, we arranged an overnight stay recently and tried the bar meal menu, a little expensive, but not that much, then again you get what you pay for, this was not bar food, it was far better. The worrying thing was that we knew that we had to face the normal excellent breakfast in the morning, however, no need to worry we managed to do it justice! I have to continue to recommend The Raven, nothing is too much trouble for Kirk and his staff. The only concern now is that they may go for a Michelin star and price us out of going. We will be going back again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We spent a lovely night in a room with a four-poster bed, lots of character. We also enjoyed the seven-course taster menu for dinner; a great selection of different types of food, all very tasty, relaxed and with great friendly service.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is the first review I've ever made on TripAdvisor. We had such a great time at The Raven that we felt compelled to write.
I purchased a two night stay with a seven course meal via a Living Social voucher. The service on arrival and throughout couldn't have been friendlier or more professional. The room (Room 4) was very clean and quite big with a nice view over Much Wenlock. The meal itself was fantastic with not a single weak course. The Full English Breakfast & kippers the next day were also excellent.
A highly recommended hotel in a lovely part of the world.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Raven Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 30 Barrow Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6EN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Much Wenlock
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Much Wenlock
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Raven Hotel & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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