Best pub with wonderful pies. Ales are served well and the cozy space adds to the scene. Located on a narrow alley in this gorgeous downtown and full of locals, not tourists ( which we loved as tourists). Good staff, friendly patrons, great ales, it all adds up to a great English pub.
I was in Bath for two days and my friend told me about two places in the city, Bath Spa and The Raven. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed in his suggestion.
Once you walk in you feel instantly at home. The man behind the bar says hello and asks you what you're having. They have Bath Ales on tap and they are delicious. I tried the Raven and the Raven Ale and would recommend both. I ended up ordering some food and got the Raven Ale Pie with mash and Guinness gravy. I had to roll myself out of the pub when I was done but it was well worth it. Towards the end I felt like I was in a episode of Cheers with the regulars engaging in a lively debate about god knows what, I wish Norm was there.
If you're in Bath and want the local feel, this is the place for you.
In Bath, there are plenty of places that rank highly on Yelp, though it's tough to choose when there's not a huge quantity of reviews in any one place. On my recent adventure though, I popped in with my friend and we settled in an upstairs window seat for a lunch that stands distinctly in my mind among the towns I've visited and the foods I've eaten.
I had the Ploughman's lunch with a pint of the Raven's Gold, and found myself delighted by the pickles, cheeses and bread. It was hearty, flavorful and rich, yet light and not overfilling... it's hard to find a great cold lunch like that! I enjoyed the salad, and felt quite good about myself for trying something new and really loving it.
The staff was friendly, and our food came fast. They have lots of beers to choose from and have both the dining area upstairs and the pub downstairs. All around, it offers everything to be desired in a great pub, including a nice location in the heart of the town. Definitely my recommendation if you need a good pub lunch in the area (their various pies looked great too, from the looks of my friend's and the table next to us!).
The Raven was recommended to us as THE place to get a pie in Bath. So, up for a few pints and a meal on the cheap (because pies are meant to be cheap, right?), we were absolutely looking forward to our visit.
We walked into a tiny pub filled to the brim with regulars. When we asked about food we were told that there was a larger space upstairs where we might be more comfortable eating. Excellent. Pints in hand, we headed upstairs.
One of us tried The Raven's own brew, which was... fine, but I discovered that I'm not terribly keen on English real ale. The old addage of "warm and flat" comes to mind.
The pies that The Raven is apparently famous for aren't made there, but rather by an external company and bought in - at least that's the impression we got from the menu. Pies are served with chips or mash, and gravy of your choice. I wish the gravy was an add-on rather than built into what you're paying for as the pie I ordered (sweet potato, spinach and goats cheese) was far from improved by the gravy. Beyond this, I've had a sweet potato, spinach, goats cheese pie before and it was amazing. This pie was lacking in everything... seasoning, filling, everything. It's like you're meant to be fooled by the copious amounts of thick salty goo that is meant to pass for gravy, and machine-made mashed potatoes.
All of this paired with the hefty price tag or something like £9 a pie... we were unimpressed. We were seriously unimpressed. We filled our bellies, paid our due, and went in search of a pub where we could find nicer beer and nicer surroundings to try to help us forget the stodgy mediocre meal that sat in our bellies.
I visited this gem twice while in Bath. It is tucked in a side street of the city centre - easily accessible to all Bath sights. While there is additional seating upstairs, I only stayed in the main ground floor on my 2 visits. It's such a charming room, and I loved the bar area. It has such a distinct character - whoever designed it really cares about the pub.
On the beer board, they list the international beers they carry along with alcohol level (or is content?). That's very useful information.
On my first visit, I ordered one of the Raven cask ales -they are their own independent brewer and you get to taste to different, local ales - at the recommendation of the bartender (is that how you call them? I am having a massive ESL moment!) and the chicken pie. I wanted to eat and experience traditional British food. And it was not a good choice. Not because the food was not tasty, but because the weather was uncooperative for such a warm meal! Oh well. The bartender was very friendly.
On my second visit, I stopped by for a ploughman's lunch. I told the bartender I had never had it and I was very curious. He was even friendlier than the previous day's bartender. Once my order came, he kept checking in on me to make sure I was enjoying it. I liked that level of service - it was a very genuine sense of being interested in you. I ordered another cask ale - I am not a beer drinker, so any drink I ordered, I immediately forgot! But it tasted nice - I liked it! If one thing I can say I learned about beer in Britain, is that I like cask ale.
The Ploughman's lunch was ridiculously delicious and filling! Love it and miss it dearly!
Tucked away behind Bath's busy high street, The Raven is my favourite pub in the city centre. Because they're not tied into one particular brewery it means they're able to give you the very best in local ales, ciders as well as some delicious wines. The staff are extremely knowledgeable about the drinks they serve so don't hold back if you have any questions.
There are two levels; a small, intimate bar downstairs and a larger space above which is better suited for bigger groups of people. The atmosphere is always merry at The Raven, and they attract a mixed clientele from old men who fancy a quiet drink on their own, to groups of students celebrating finishing their dissertations.
The Raven also serves the legendary Pieminister pies, which makes it the perfect pub experience.
A begloved Mark Lamarr quiffed assassin was obsessively cleaning the pumps when I entered the Raven.
I needed to order 2 drinks to calm my nerves. Raven + Raven gold were both very good beers. Nice little pub really, shame I couldn't dwell a while.
Great pies. Small in size, but heavy and filling. I have never eaten one with gravy before but I tried it out here. I was not disappointed. Beers were great. Smooth and as expected, high in alcohol content. Nice decor and staff was very friendly. I would say 80% of the poeple eating a late lunch there were foreigners based on their accents. However, I imagine it depends on when you drop in. I didn't come away feeling like I was in England.
We always seem to wind up here after a trip to the Roman baths. Nice selection of local ales, some that are exclusively served at The Raven. I'm a big fan of the Raven ale, which is a tasty dark session beer.
The menu is filled with an extensive selection of meat pies and a few other miscellaneous dishes. The pies are good, perhaps not the best in town, but tasty enough. I've had the Raven's Ale pie and my wife tried the Heidi pie, both of which we enjoyed.
The Raven is a nothing out of this world - just a good, solid, traditional pub which a good range of drinks and cosy atmosphere. But then what's to complain about that? Situated in Bath's city centre it's easily accessible and offers a welcome break from the area's many chain cafes, bars and restaurants.
There always seems to be a sizeable, but relaxed crowd and the staff are more than happy to help if you're indecisive over your drinking choice. Warm in winter but still agreeable in summer, the Raven is an excellent spot for a pint.
Fantastic and extremely popular watering hole in the center of Bath, the kind of pub which makes me wonder why I don't live there.
A full selection of ales on tap, ciders, and sadly I didn't try the mead.
I would give it 5 stars for the character and atmosphere, if only they'd have served us snakebites!
Bath's intelligentsia seemingly flock to this glorious little pub. From students to thinking locals, The Raven provides a well stocked library as well as a good selection of beers, and has the atmosphere of a totally chilled student bar that grew up.
Tastefully decorated (half with paint and half with bookshelves and reading group notices) The Raven also serves up some interesting beers on tap and Mead of all things - yes, we tried it, yes, it's extremely sweet. The upstairs allows views of the centre of Bath and gives you some sophisticated perspective - expect to feel superior and contemplative.
We wish we'd had the chance to eat here as the pies looked incredible. Not sure if raven pie is on the menu but if it isn't - it should be!
Great little pub with tons of craft beers and delicious pie minister pies from Bristol (you can usually get them at Waitrose but these guys seem to have so many more flavours!) Only thing is that on a Saturday it gets very crowded and near impossible to find a seat - and some are very squished. Otherwise for everything else it can't be beat!
This pub has struck an excellent balance between the traditional and modern. A comfortable venue for an evening of slow sozzlement, it feels like an old local (which it is) but updated. Spearheading the real ale revival in Bath, the Raven also serves a vast range of pies with your choice of mash and gravy.
On weekends, getting a table can be a bit tricky but its well worth waiting. My tip: get in early and order a pie and a Raven Gold.
I have always noted the busyness of this Pub - particularly amongst the Bath rugby crowd on a Saturday. Thought I'd give it a go one Friday. Empty when I came in but then a briskish trade. Suits real ale drinkers - unfortunately because of my advancing years I went for my normal dry White wine. Mixed crowd of regulars ( oldish) plus more trendy student types. Did not try the food - however the pies are celebrated by other reviewers. I'm more of a salad person - pass the balsamic vineger. Did I mention the free wifi?
The Raven was a great find for us just by walking around town in the early evening. Their hot pies were fabulous! You get the choice of mashed potatoes or fries. The choices of the gravy are red wine or Guinness -- I prefer the red wine which wasn't as thick and went well with the mash. If you're pressed for time, I wouldn't recommend the hot pies. It took quite a white but worth every bite.
Lovely place. Good staff. Raven ale pie was solid. Thick crusted, doused in gravy and mash, with a layer of tender meat enclosed- nothing to nitpick about! Solid Raven Gold ale as well. Definitely fresh, can taste the English love for ale. The only thing that may have lost them a star was the time it took for the food to come out!!
Waiter had to run up and down the stairs to report that 40+ pies were on the order and kitchen was heavily backed up. Silver lining is the chef never took a shortcut and took whatever time he felt was needed to make it right. AND since I was running late to the bus, they wrapped it up for me in foil even though I'm certain they've NEVER had to doggy-bag a meat pie before (nor do they necessarily condone the concept). But they did it for me, so thank you Raven for a great meal!
This was my first time ever having authentic British pies, and it was awesome! The Raven was a pretty unique pub, and I couldn't help but think of Edgar Allan Poe every time I saw the sign...My friends and I came on a Friday for dinner, and the place was packed with locals. Luckily, we found seating upstairs which turned out to be a more open space for eating.
I'm usually not a big red meat fan but I ordered the classic Raven Ale pie served with mash and a Guinness & Red Onion gravy. The pie itself was very filling and I must have been starving at first because I managed to polish off most of the pie before I finally succumbed to food coma. I definitely recommend sharing a dish with someone if you want to stay awake to talk with company! The gravy was also savory & delicious. I couldn't taste the Guinness but it went well with the rest of the dish.
I didn't try any of the drinks but it seemed like there was a good selection, and my friends and I had a great time here. Definitely recommend!
Pub has a nice olde worlde feel to it. Understood before its reincarantion as the Raven it used to be a bikers pub called the Hatchett. Fabulous selection of real ales including some brewed by the establishment i.e. Raven Gold. Food is good esp the home made pies which there are 8 varities too with a choice of three gravies to accompany. Always call in for a visit whenever I am down in the city of Bath.
Awesome pub for those who simplicity and a great beer. I agree with other Qypers who state that its a thinkers pub. Had some great conversations with people who like me popped in because of its reputation.
Another one of Bath's drinking jewels. Catering to those who enjoy real ale and good conversation. This pub is located over two floors with plenty of small tables for smaller groups. It's quite small inside, which means that it can be quite cosy during busier times, but the atmosphere is always very pleasant.
Great pub. Good selection of good beers, some nice wines by the glass as well, and the bar staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The Raven is a great place to hang out and chat, play board games (ask at the upstairs bar), or use the reliable wifi. We came here both nights we were in town, and will come back whenever we get the chance.
This is definitely one of my top 5 pubs in Bath. Great selection of ales and ciders, lovely food. Pleasant staff and very agreeable locals. All in all, a top find!
Quite simply the best watering hole in Bath. Stunning beer, knowledgeable staff, stunning pies and a sense of genuine enjoyment. Brilliant and central to boot.
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