The Raven, Ravenscourt Park

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
By day, the Raven is a jolly nice old pub - a low-level, rambling sort of place, with a number of small rooms laid-out in a semi-openplan way, furnished with wooden seats and tables (plus the occasional settee) and there's a little yard out the back crammed with more tables and chairs for the smokers. The beer choice is decent, including a few real ales, and the food is simple modern British pub grub. The service is friendly and it all adds up to a pleasant place to enjoy a pint or two over a long lunch - especially with two courses for 10 early in the week. But, as darkness falls, the sleepy daytime atmosphere dissipates and the pub becomes far more boisterous, as the bright young things from hereabouts gather and the (often live) music is cranked up to industrial levels - especially at the weekend. So, if you pardon the mixed-metaphors, here we have a Jekyll and Hyde sort of pub with a bit of a Marmite flavour. If you like the relaxed daytime atmosphere you probably won't appreciate the freneticism of a Friday night and, if you like things lively, you might find daylight hours somewhat enervating. It's an interesting mix that works - as long as you know when to go.
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26 Nov 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Raven is a really nice pub. A friendly atmosphere, evident even on quiet weekday afternoons, decent pub food and a good choice of beers, makes this a better than average pub. However, what makes this a 4 rating for me is the excellent condition of the beers. I have not had a poor pint in 5 or 6 visits, and last Saturday evening, the Timothy Taylor Landlord was exceptional, and even the Fosters Lager got very unusual praise from my friend.

There was a jazz band on Saturday (possibly every Saturday?), and while its not my favourite type of music, they sounded okay to me. More importantly to me, the volume was well below the "industrial levels" mentioned above, so close conversation was still possible.

The only negative, I wish the place was nearer to my home.

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375 Goldhawk Road, Chiswick, London, W6 0SA
020 8748 6977
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