The Ravensbourne Arms

Reader Andrew has put us - and the rest of you - to shame by taking matters in to his own hands and writing a review of the Ravensbourne Arms, an Antic pub on the Ladywell / Lewisham borders, which opened on Monday.

Here's his review, if you've been, please tell us what you think:

Having been keeping an eye on progress over the last few months I was looking forward to seeing what had been done and the improvements to create the so-called 'proper pub'!

With a very strong smell of paint and refurbishment, first the good news: arriving at 5.30 there was already a busy mix of people indoors and filling the outdoor tables on the street, enjoying the afternoon sun. Gone are the sport tv's and old man pub feel of the old coach and horses.

The back garden and kitchen are yet to be opened, but expected in the next few weeks. Signing up to the newsletter at ravensbourne@antic-ltd.com will keep you up-to-date with developments.

The general manager, Lorena, working behind the bar, had done a great job getting the pub opened on time. Having walked past 2 weeks ago it was full of workmen with electrical wire everywhere and looked nowhere near opening. There was a good amount of staff ensuring you got served pretty quickly and there were no opening night issues apparent as experienced with the Talbot.

£3.75 for a pint of Grolsh is on par with The Jolly Farmer across the road and prices at the Ladywell Tavern, however still bested by the Fox and Firkin at £3.15.

The Ravensboune Arms warrants a revisit when the kitchen and rear garden are opened and the redecoration smell has dissipated. The south side of the pub has been noticeably redecorated however it still looks and feels unfinished. Music Speakers are still under wrap, the furniture is obviously recycled and toilets have been refreshed as opposed to replaced with new facilities. The finish is not to the standard of the recently re-opened Crown pub in Blackheath which had a similar decor to the old coach and horses.

An effort has been to provide to provide a country pub style feel, however it appears to be still a work in progress. There are very strange mini deer head skulls and shields on the walls which don't seem to suit, along with an odd balustraded area that serves no purpose other than possibly to leave very young children in, if only it had some toys!

Overall the conclusion is an improvement on the coach and horses, however I don't think Ladywell Tavern, Jolly Farmers, Fox and Firkin or the Talbot need to worry too much yet. A good addition for a local pub crawl which has potential with continued investment and a decent finish.

22 comments:

Little Brockley said...

Grolsch, Andrew, grolsch.

Now and Then said...

Sounds interesting. Plans are already afoot for an intrepid scouting party from the Talbot to cross the river for a pint.

Anonymous said...

About the same prices it seems.

Now and Then said...

Will have to see what the ale works out at. Talbot's is £3.30 and I know, I know, that we must pay more to keep pubs open as MB pointed out elsewhere, the question is, How much more?

Anonymous said...

Didn't this pub used to be called the "George" or something? Anyway looks promising.

Anonymous said...

I quite like the fact that they've refurbished what was there instead of ripping the whole lot out, it's a very big pub. Going to be difficult to make a profit, unless the food is really good and they concentrate on that.

Tamsin said...

No - the George was further down the road (at the turning to George Lane). Demolished - I've photos of its back being ripped out - and turned into flats. The Ravensbourne Arms - altogether bigger and probably on the site of a former coaching inn - was called the Coach and Horses. It still has a pictorial plaque of a Coach and Horses on the side wall facing towards Lewisham.

Now and Then said...

I saw a fine parquet floor being given the kiss of life while walking past during renovations.

Anonymous said...

True about the prices N&T, but free houses like the Talbot can buy there beer and ales far cheaper than a tied house.

Anonymous said...

You can buy a 50L barrel of beer at Zero Degrees in Blackheath for £95,works out about £1.10 a pint.

Anonymous said...

Well obviously it's cheaper to drink at home But some people like drinking in pubs with other people, that's the point of a pub. Why go to a night club, stay at home and dance to a mp3 track.

Pete said...

I visited on Sunday; it's massive. Seems quite nice and I would expect it to get busier when they start dong food.

Anonymous said...

Went on Saturday for a couple and quite liked it. There seemed to be a mixture of people, a few who probably patronised the old coach and horses, a couple who looked like they normally go to the wetherspoons in lewi central and a few studenty and m.c types. Oh and then there was a mad old bloke who hadnt washed or got new clothes since probs 1982 who tried to sell me cigarette filters and had to be fetched by the bar staff as he had gone through a staff door at the back of the pub. Will be interesting to see if it manages to have the same ambience as jam circus or prince albert or if it will be totally different.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

I'm the new manager at The Ravensbourne and it's great to see a keen interest in the pub already.

Yes, we still have a long way to go. Our back garden is now open but still requires a lot of attention and unfortunately the kitchen looks to be a way away yet. But we are still worth a visit for the great range of beer and wine.

As for the ale question, our ales on average cost around £3.10 a pint but we also have Adnam's Lighthouse on all the time which goes for a bargain £2.80 a pint. Definitely worth a taste :)

I've only been at The Raven for a week and a half so still bedding in and would love to meet more of the locals so please pop in and introduce yourselves.

Any questions, the email is helpfully included in the above review (and fear not, once it[s here the food will be outstanding!).

Ali @ The Ravensbourne.

I Broccoli Brockley said...

We went here on Sunday. I liked it. It was a bit quiet, but they serve Michael Aspel cider, which is nice. And there's free dog biscuits, so Mel Gibson would be happy.

Going to try and go back on the Sabbath and see if there's more chance of getting into some mischief.

Brockley and New Cross Bags said...

Had a burger in here last night. I'd say it was one of the best burgers I've had this year. And that's saying something as it's December.

Anonymous said...

The Ravensbourne Arms gets a rave (sorry) review in today's Stylist magazine.

max said...

I can confirm that the food is excellent at the Ravensbourne.
I had the sausage roll of my life there a few days ago, and then had a second sausage roll of my life immediately after.

Mb said...

Strictly speaking the first roll was the best up to that point. The SECOND was the best ever.

Tried Le Querce yet? Be interested in your opinion.

Mb said...

...actually if they were both equally excellent then the statement was valid? Sigh....

max said...

MB, I too was surprised that I could have two identical once in a lifetime experiences within the same five minutes, but so it was.

And mind you, I never thought much of sausage rolls, I only ordered them because the kitchen was already closed but they were really fantastic.

max said...

MB, about the Querce, not yet, but I really want to, I normally avoid Italian restaurants because if I want good authentic Italian food I cook it myself and that happens pretty much every day, but since they're from Sardinia they are actually offering somthing quite different and from that article that was linked here some time ago the man obvioucly knows his stuff. Won't be long before I try it.

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