VIDEO: WHILE January is traditionally the quiet time of the year in the licensing industry business has remained brisk at the Raven Inn at Glazebury, Warrington, six months on from re-opening.
Thanks to keeping the premises which were under threat of demolition in the public spotlight, the historic pub saved by the local community, has just enjoyed a very successful January.
Spokesperson Peter Sturman said: “We are absolutely delighted. We knew we would be busy when we opened. But as we came into January every person with experience in the licensing trade said January, February and March would be difficult.
“I am delighted to say we have had a superb January although we are not getting too carried away!”
To mark the successful re-opening of the premises, which had closed and fallen into disrepair after being earmarked for a housing development, the Campaign for Real Ale group (CAMRA) presented a special “Highly Commended” award to the team and the hundreds of local people who campaigned to save the building – and turn it into a community pub.
Peter says keeping the campaign and the pub in the public spotlight via Warrington Worldwide and Culcheth Life magazine had been part of the success.
“It’s been fantastic working with Warrington Worldwide with a global network and with Culcheth Life locally.
“During the whole five-year campaign to save the pub, there was only one month we didn’t feature in Culcheth Life and that was because I forgot to get the copy in on time!”
Got home from Parliament tonight just in time to join @theraveninn_ on being presented their well deserved Highly Commended from @CAMRA_Official in the Pub Saving Award 2023! Wonderful to celebrate the achievement with the Committee, CAMRA & of course Dilly the dog 🍻 #PubsAPPG pic.twitter.com/1YQtDHluc1
— Charlotte Nichols (@charlotte2153) January 31, 2024