Why Save The Raven?
The Raven and the community: Prior to its sad demise in recent years, the Raven Inn has historically significantly contributed to the wellbeing of the local community. Its use as an Inn purveying food, beverage and shelter for hundreds of years provides an immense sense of community identity and spirit amongst the residents of the two local villages it serves.
It has been an employer to people in the local communities for the whole of its existence. It has played a pivotal role in the lives of many of the hundreds of families who live in the immediate vicinity and the many loyal regulars who visited the premises from further afield. In its very recent past the Inn has existed as a thriving, popular, well frequented social hub for the local community, acting as a meeting place and playing a crucial role especially for older and more vulnerable members of the community as a means of staying in touch with people and avoiding loneliness and depression, thus promoting better mental health.
The Inn has provided various opportunities for socialising, meeting people and enjoyment: Birthday parties and other family celebrations ; Ascot race days (people would dress up and place bets on races on TV) ; tasting evenings (wine, champagne etc) ; themed food nights ; MacMillan’s coffee mornings ; quiz nights ; reduced price O.A.P. lunches The Inn was also used by many local businesses to host conferences, business lunches, Christmas parties etc. The Inn has a large car park and is easily accessible to eldery and disabled members of the community. It lies on two bus routes with a stop within easy walking distance, which broadens the Inn’s potential customer base (see attached bus routes map).
The neighbouring villages of Culcheth and Glazebury have seen much development in recent years, with more to follow, thus providing even greater footfall for the Raven Inn, which is also well known within the wider community beyond the immediate villages it serves. Until recently it had a website and a Facebook page where events were advertised and it also enjoyed a healthy rating on sites such as Trip Advisor (see attached reviews).
The Raven Inn was a thriving local business which was highly valued and utilised by local residents and visitors from further afield until relatively recently. The current owners concentrated on operating as a restaurant in the last 18 months of their management and had changed their licence to reflect this. This meant they were unable to serve drinks to customers unless they were dining.