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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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All reviews homemade chips rag pudding roast beef dinner pie chilli cake chicken salad the pub sunday dinner excellent food home cooked food cooked to perfection generous portions piping hot lovely atmosphere be visiting again
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic place to dine. Lovely food, friendly staff and a relaxing atmosphere. What more could you ask for? There is also a beautiful seating area outside for sunny days. We have been several times and we will definitely be back again

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 May 2024

We’ve been quite a few times and it’s always been consistently good, the foods fab, great service and a lovely atmosphere. The Sunday lunch is particularly fab. I would highly recommend 👍

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 April 2024

Didnt eat here and quickly walked out, rude greeting when we both arrived for lunch and they said are full, yet the place was empty with reservation signs on. We could have ate and gone. Glad we found somewhere else

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

Our Friends have moved to Darwen recently and when we went to see them Easter Sunday they suggested going out for Sunday Lunch They booked a table for 2.30pm which was a good thing because when we arrived the place was heaving we were shown...to out table and given the Menus 3 people ordered the Roast Beef Sunday Lunch and i had the homemade Rag Pudding with PROPER Chips(best chips i have had in a long time) washed down with 2 pints of Bitter and a Millonaires Sundae ☺ Very Very Nice Best Sunday Lunch out i have had for a long timeMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024 via mobile

Great to see a ‘proper pub’ thriving. Visited for afternoon food and drinks with friends. Very friendly service, fantastic and plentiful food at reasonable prices. Lots of evening entertainment on offer over the month. Great atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 March 2024 via mobile

THE best food and atmosphere you’ll ever find. 100% effort has been put in to this pub with fantastic food. The best roast dinner I’ve had. Never had a bad meal

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 March 2024

First time going and wow it was amazing - fantastic home cooked food, fantastic atmosphere and the service was up there with the best. Nic, who served us all night was amazing such a lovely young confident man. Keep up the good work team Ranken....Amanda :-)More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

The food at the Ranken Arms is delicious. Lovely. Pretty well priced. The staff are great, attentive and efficient. The pub itself is pretty nice (apart from the fake fire tv - but no big deal). It’s great. Go there. Eat. Overall excellent. Yet we...get sat next to a family of disturbingly loud chavs. I mean I can’t hold the place to account for that. But it ruins the meal. We ate o main courses and left in a hurry. Go. Eat enjoy. Just take your Bose headphones to drown out the T*ts-and-Teeth Darwen chav mums, the steroid abusing dads with slim fit joggers half way up their shins, and their feral children with names like Sasha and Arianna being screamed endlessly as they had the run of the place - but only when mums looked up from their mobiles. The only thing that kept the kids under control were the tablets with various cartoons at full volume. I ended with sympathy for the dads as the banshees screeched with an as yet unrecorded ferocity and I didn’t blame the ginger curly top for locking himself in a cubicle in an otherwise empty toilet. Found it strange he didn’t wash his hands, but he was VERY excited to see people afterwards. But the food is lovely. Wish I could give it 5 stars.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024

Food excellent, but service very slow, not enough staff as pub was packed. Ordered 2 lattes we sat there and we sat there eventually had to ask about them, they'd forgotten. When we eventually got them they were only warm not nice.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Ranken Arms, Owner at Ranken Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2024

Hi Linda, Did you comment on this when paying for your bill? Seems unfortunate that you’ve let human error ruin your view of our pub when you rated the food, value and atmosphere 5 stars Everyone forgets things, even hospitality staff. We hope you decide...More

Reviewed 8 March 2024

Fantastic staters mains and puds tried a few different meals and always lovely food take away puds are the best all reasonable

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 3 March 2024 via mobile

Great service, friendly staff & excellent food. Will be going again, it was one of the best roast beef Sunday dinner that I have had in a while

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024 via mobile

Quite possibly the best steak and ale pie I have ever had. The steak was tender and falling apart in a rich and tasty gravy. I have eaten here several times and it's always been great food and a relaxing atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

I had the warm chicken and stuffing sandwich with chips. Sandwich came gravy on it. Oh my word ! Out of this world tasty. The chips at the Ranken are probably the best I’ve ever eaten 🤩 Love this place for food / atmosphere x...Gill AMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

We were greeted with a warm welcome from the landlady (Wendy), who showed us to our table. The hom cooked food is absolutely delicious, and we would highly recomend the cheese and onion pie, as well as the roast beef dinner. Access to the front...of the pub is via a couple of steps, but wheelchair access is available at the rear of the pub. My wife is bind, but she had no problem with the couple of steps to enter the pub, and there are disabled toilets inside.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

The Ranken is a place we eat on a regular basis and is our ‘go to’ for food locally. The staff are always warm, welcoming and attentive and the food is superb. I would whole heartedly recommend the Ranken Arms to anyone looking for an...excellent meal in a pub with a great atmosphere and great vibe.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Don't know about this, when we went it was a male chef, but the food was great!!!!
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Ranken Arms is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4