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Raven, Liverpool - pub details

Address: 72 Walton Vale, Liverpool, Merseyside, L9 2BU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9738) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Orrell Park (0.3 miles), Walton (0.4 miles), Rice Lane (0.5 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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> Current user rating: 5.9/10 (rated by 7 users)
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user reviews of Raven, Liverpool

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I paid an early Sunday morning visit to the Raven on a visit to some of the pubs in North Liverpool that I had yet to try. This is a Wetherspoons that serves alcohol from 9am on a Sunday with food served from 8am. I arrived a little too early for a drink, but didn't have too long to wait. A few other hardy souls were watching the clock tick to 9! The place is a typical open-plan Wetherspoons. But it feels dark inside. The barmaid was friendly. But she was good in dealing with a couple of young drinkers who had clearly been out all night. She continually refused to serve them any more alcohol. Ales were Hawkshead Bitter & Lakeland Gold, Jennings Bitter & Sneck Lifter, Peerless Red Rocks, Banks's Barley Brown's Tumble Off Pale Ale, Exmoor Gold & Coach House Cranberry. Not a Ruddles Best, Abbot or Doom Bar in sight. I'm not sure if this is a change in policy from 'spoons. But it certainly made for a more interesting ale selection. No real cider is available here. But they did have Orchard Pig Juggler as a mulled cider.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Dec 2016 21:00
I found a good range of beers on when I visited - Peerless and Blakemere - and although the place wasn't packed (Monday lunch) the service was fine and my snack arrived promptly as did my coffee and beer! Typical 'spoons converted-shop unit bar which is only a short walk from Orrell Park station which has a very good service into the city.
mcroyal - 5 Mar 2013 14:39
Not up to usual Wetherspoons beer standards - just 2 real ales on and the one we had was poor
oftenscore6 - 3 Nov 2010 21:34
Absolutely packed to the rafters when we visited on a sunday afternoon. Very slow service but still cheap drinks are always a bonus. 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 8 Jul 2006 12:31
Officially known as "The Raven" us locals call it Weatherspoons because...well it is one. I'll let you know from the start, I have major issues with these "Lets be family orientated whilst giving great customer service" type pub chains, I hate them with a passion.

The problem I find with these kind of pubs is the Corperate feel of them, where you know exactly what jargon and "offers of the day" will be said to you at every trip to the bar, after three times it can test the patience of a saint and I don't mean Simon Templar.

The Raven itself is a grubby, dark place which is a shame comsidering the size of it. The staff can be rather silly at time like the time I sat at a table which was placed with half of the table in the No-Smoking section and half in the smoking section. I had to put up with 10 minutes of nagging from a jumped up asst.manager who was adament I had to move just 4inches to the next seat to avoid being asked to leave, I had no option but to change seats with a friend...just 4inches away.

But this kind of behaviour isnt the only thing that lets the pub down, its also the atmosphere. Basically there is people talking to each other, but overall you dont get the sense that this is a place that people would call "the local" and in fact they dont, they should actually rename it "The Swift Half" because thats all people use the place for. The food service happens to one of the slowest I've ever encountered in a pub-grub place and I certainly wouldn't like question whether their 16ounce steaks are actually 16ounce.

Overall, poor pub with a wide aray of decent beers.
anonymous - 27 Jun 2006 02:03

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