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“drive on by!!”
Review of Raven Hotel

Raven Hotel
Ranked #44 of 53 Restaurants in Whitchurch
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Whitchurch,, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“drive on by!!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Forget it! Derelict surroundings, basic meal! I am supposed to write 50 characters cannot think of anything worth printing!!

Visited October 2012
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Wirral
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123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Excellent Value for Money, Friendly, Cosy, Local Pub!.”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a regular stopping place, with a location on the "Prees", A41 Roundabout. Journeying back from the Midlands, just had to call in again. Only had Coffee and Snack, which we both enjoyed, cooked fresh, and served with a smile, Friendly Locals and a well attended bar!, with ample parking.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank WirralMx5
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Chester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Satisfying”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

On the A41 at Prees Heath perfect place to eat well presented quite clean good value for money
Motorway M54 20 miles Whitchurch 2miles

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank mllville
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Local delight”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

we popped in as it is local to us and always looks busy. It is very cosy, but the food was superb and great value. Frienddly staff

Visited March 2013
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Thank lymetreel
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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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“Attractive pub let down by shabby interior but a good Sunday Carvery”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

A friend, my partner and I were heading back to Shrewsbury from Beeston Castle on a lovely autumn day and decided to stop at this pub after my friend reminded us that it was on the way home. The Raven Hotel stands in a rather unfortunate position against the A49 dual carriageway south of Whitchurch, Shropshire on what was presumably the old road before the bigger one was built.
The building itself is a black and white styled inn and looks pretty big from the outside but the car-park has seen better days and has some rather large potholes! We went inside and the bar is situated in a rather large room lacking in any kind of atmosphere with a distinct lack of direction as to where to sit or order food from. We looked around and on the left was another room which looked more like the restaurant and this was also where the carvery was situated. Now this is where things were a bit confusing as the order is to collect food first and then pay afterwards... but only cash at this till, which wasn't made very clear.
The food looked and smelt great though with 4 meats to choose from but the vegetables were a little over-cooked and the carrots were a bit black. It is not hard to cook carrots and they don't have to be killed off in boiling water. Tthe stuffing balls and yorkshire puds were very 'ready-made aunt bessie' but aside from that there was lots of choice to put on the plate.
The staff were friendly enough at the till when we told them we only had our debit cards and they directed us towards the bar in the other room but to leave our now plated up food by the cash desk!
So off to the bar to buy drinks and pay for the carvery on a debit card; again the staff being friendly enough but i presume they normally only get locals in who 'know the drill' as there was quite a lot of surprise aimed at us. I know parts of Shropshire are a bit behind the times but debit cards have been around for some time now so stop presuming that everyone buying food is going to be carrying round lots of cash with them.
Finally time for food and we took our meals to the table which was unfortunately very grubby with ripped table cloth, dirt on the place mats and ripped seat covers. The food was pretty good and the meat was cooked just right - Not overdone and full of flavour with a delicious gravy to compliment with just the right level of salt. I have to say the roast potatoes were lovely and the major let down was the overcooked vegetables and round stuffing balls.
We chose not to have a pudding as carvery meals can be extremely filling.. I'm a bit of a pile the plate high kind of person. But my belly was very satisfied and I left nice and full ready for the rest of the day.

On the whole I think the Raven really needs a refurbishment and furniture being replaced. The lack of any kind of directions to the carvery along with the lack of a menu or indeed card processing equipment AFTER plating up is not good enough. I really think that this pub is aimed at locals who know what to expect but this is a shame as the position on the busy A49/A41 beside a truck stop could be a potential money winner if the place was made more attractive.
The carvery was good but the interiors were shabby in the restaurant and other pubs do the 2 for £10 on sunday lunch within a much brighter and more welcoming atmosphere. The staff were nice enough though so that's not a knock at them. I probably wouldn't recommend families here but if your looking for a quick stop on a sunday then its good enough for a carvery.

  • Visited November 2012
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7 Thank Matthew M
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