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“Excellent food, hotel in need of a facelift”

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The Raven Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Much Wenlock
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed here as part of a Travelzoo deal. £140 for 7 course tasting menu and B&B. We thought we more than got our monies worth, the food was excellent. We've rated this a 4 because we thought the food deserved a 5 but the venue itself would only rate a 3 for us.

The venue
We feel the interior really let the experience down. The main fault we have is that they really need to invest in the bar, eating areas and the rooms. The place needs to be brought up to the same standard as the food. A lick of light colored paint and replacement of most of the furniture would not go a miss. It's frumpy and actually smelled like an old style B&B/caravan. That said, it was clean and we're still glad we went.

The food
The food is the best thing about this place. The taster menu, this was really well done, we've had plenty of taster menu's and this one was definitely up there with some of our Michelin experiences. I've got to admire the chef's initiative and flavour combinations. The breakfast was also one of the best cooked breakfasts we've had, good quality sausage and all well cooked and not greasy. There was cereal and juice available in the eating area. Alongside a menu of items such as haddock, English breakfast, porridge or yogurt. An improvement they could make is having mixed fruit, yogurt, pastries etc available in the main dining area.

The service
Everybody working there were very friendly, helpful and efficient. Though there was a glass accidentally smashed during the evening meal which still hadn't been fully cleared up at breakfast.

The room
We stayed in room No2 (four poster bed). We paid an extra £10 for this "better room". The room was clean, but still frumpy. They could give it a face lift and change the mattress, which was too hard and possibly a cheap buy. Sheets and fleece throw were all very clean, which is a must for us. The tv had a great quality picture. The shower was too low and bath probably needed replacing. Nice touches like G&S toiletries, tea, coffee and biscuits. Unfortunately the room is on the front of the building and being a light sleeper meant I was woken several times during the evening either by cars or people leaving pubs. I wish I'd have asked for a quiet room, something to remember in the future.

Overall I'd highly recommend this place, if you don't mind frumpy. It's worth it for the food. Though I think the owner is missing a trick in not bringing the place in line with the food, it's got so much more potential and think it's a real shame.

Room Tip: Room 2 in the main hotel is on the main road so if you're a light sleeper I'd discourage.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We stayed for a two night break with dinner included. We were in a large double in the Forge (room 2). Good size room and bathroom with pretty views from the dual aspect windows over the roof tops and gardens. The room was comfortable and clean although a little plain. It wouldn't take much to upgrade the room to fabulous - perhaps a new fancy throw and cushions. The bathroom had smart tiling on the walls but again was let down by damaged grouting below the window area that needed repair. Saying that, the hotel is very nice with lovely traditional bar and restaurant. I would imagine the courtyard would be a lovely spot for a pre dinner drink in the summer. The food in the restaurant was outstanding. We chose from the a la carte menu and on both evenings had an outstanding meal. Taste and presentation were fabulous. Breakfasts were equally good and tasty. One slight disappointment was that we were seated in the bar area on the second night, with just one other couple. It may have been nicer if the tables had of been laid with table cloths as in the restaurant, but the food didn't disappoint. Much Wenlock is a lovely unspoilt village with a great pub, lovely tea rooms and a great place to wander. We would definitely visit again and would have no hesitation in choosing the Raven.

Room Tip: Room 2 in the Forge has pretty views
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 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, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 March 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 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, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Dick51
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 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, travelled as a couple
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Address: 30 Barrow Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6EN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Much Wenlock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Much Wenlock
Price Range: £108 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Raven Hotel & Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Raven Hotel is a former 17th century coaching inn where we delight in offering our guests a friendly service, truly tasty food, fine wine, local ale and individually styled, comfortable accommodation. Our 2 star AA Rosette rating for food means that we have a loyal local following as well as playing host to business and leisure guests who return time after time to enjoy modern British cooking. Surrounded by stunning walks and beautiful countryside, Much Wenlock has much to offer visitors, with historic streets, local market towns and the World Heritage site of Ironbridge only 10 minutes away. Visit, stay over, dine, relax and ENJOY! ... more   less 
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