Raven (Free) | Bath, Somerset
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Raven (Free)
Exceptional based on 13 ratings
Type: Bar

6-7 Queen Street
Bath, Somerset England BA1 1HE [ print map ]
01225 425045

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Hours: 11:30-23:00 Mon-Thu, 11:30-00:00 Fri & Sat, 12:00-22:30 Sun


Mayor: JorgeLee (3) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: ?



The two permanent house beers - Raven & Raven Gold - are brewed by Blindmans and are exclusive & unique ro the pub. In addition, there are 4 or so changing guest beers. Hosts occasional small beer festivals.

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Beer Available At Raven (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Glastonbury Equinox , Teignworthy Bristolís Ale , Cromarty Hop Your Cherry 40, Tiny Rebel Zool 77, Art Brew Hip Hop Riwaka , Celt Experience / Samosa Co íPapadam Cyclopsí , New Bristol Oolala , Blindmans Raven 44, Blindmans Ravenís Gold 44
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13 reviews for Raven (Free)
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  74%
 Selection  70%
 Food  80%
 Value  76%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  80%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (452) Banbury, England | April 9, 2014
The best pub in Bath for me, maybe doesnít have the range of The Royal Oak, but it has the atmosphere and ambiance of a city centre pub. Always seems to be busy, the pies are fantastic, the upstairs is cosy and the beer is in good nick. The one downside would be its tie to Blindmans Brewery reducing its range, otherwise great stuff.
Apr í14. I have to say it was just as good here as before, although they did have a beer festival running to complement their normal range, the beers were spread through both downstairs bar and upstairs. An atmospheric pub and still my vote as best in Bath.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Fin  (535) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 26, 2014
I nipped in here for a swift half on my own as dogs were not allowed in. The pub is fairly centrally located in Bath just a very short distance from the Salamander and also quite close to the Old Green Tree and not that far from The Griffin. The bar area is narrow as you enter with about 4-5 choices of beer on handpump. I have to say I canít quite see why this is the top rated pub in Bath, ok its fine, its atmospheric but the beer choice was hardly that interesting and the barman a little too formal and looking like he didnít want to be there. I had an Art Brew Hip Hop Riwaka which was in very good nick and tasted fine. I never really explored the pub so cannot go into too much detail, it was warm, pleasant and clientele fine, just not sure why it is so highly rated.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty  (220) Uppsala, Sweden | January 6, 2014
A cosy pub with a decent range of beers including two house beers from Blindmans (one dark and one light). The pub can get a bit crowded, but donít let that put you off.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee  (125) , England | August 27, 2013
Visited at the end of a long walk with Gowri, and again for lunch next day Nice characterful pub, about six ales on cask, mostly quite local, and some cider. Fantastic pies, friendly people. Good place.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (574) London, England | March 4, 2013
Solid little boozer in central Bath. Popped in here for a quick half while the missus browsed in a few shops nearby. Great ambiance, friendly bartender. The selection is fairly simple but the house golden ale was tasty. Prices are fair. They have free wifi here (password: ilovepies), which was a nice plus. In terms of overall experience the Raven is certainly one of the top pubs in Bath.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (605) The íSham, England | February 16, 2013
Visited post lunch on an day trip to Bath, Easter week 2012. Snug little back street boozer around 5 or so minutes walk from the centre. House beers by Blindmans plus a few guests from west country micros - 5 sticks in total. Atmosphere was very good for 2.30/3pm and the place was fair busy with late lunchers. Service was good and I was offered a taster of both Blindmand prior to purchase (not that I wasnít going to have both anyway!). This place is famous for its pies - I got serious food envy when I saw someone else have one served to their table!
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine  (705) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 1, 2010| Updated September 5, 2010
There are lots of things I like about the Raven. The crowd is solid--has a genuine community arts/earthy boho vibe. They have storytelling sessions, a book exchange, and special drinking sessions for the deaf. Music tends to be tasteful. I find it one of the more comfortable places to drink in Bath, with the tendency to stay a long time as long as the beer is in good condition. Unfortunately beer condition is not 100% reliable but they do rotate casks and also have a board that tells you what beers are coming next. That is very helpful. They have their own little beer festivals. There is a whole separate bar area upstairs. Unfortunately the servers tend to be standoffish to non-locals, but it can be forgiven in such a tourist town.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes  (630) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 30, 2010
Fun place, with a more airy atmosphere than some of the smaller places in Bath. Pies are good, and the beer range is sizeable and changing. Overall, I like the place. They have a few festivals over the course of the year, too.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl  (138) New York, New York | June 2, 2010
Hardly drank the beer here, but a local couple brought us here for the food, which was absolutely delicious. Best meat pies Iíve ever had, without a doubt. Yum.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
kassner  (79) Wexford, Pennsylvania | May 1, 2009
Enjoyed this pub second to Old green tree. This one was more lively, say crowded, just as friendly and we did have food here. I love the wooden spoons and in a crowd it helps. Broad selection of ales.

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