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Closed briefly and reopened as 'The Exchange', presumably because the building was a telephone exchange years ago.
Still pretty much as it was - loud dance music and volatile, young clientele.
One ale on last night - Doombar - which was fine.
wirraldrinker - 2 Aug 2015 21:06
Still open despite very few customers on my latest visit. Well done to the owners for struggling along. For some reason young people no longer seem to gather at this pub. Bombardier available so I had a pint but it didn't taste like Bombardier.
This is probably the largest pub in Heswall. I hope the owners find a way of filling it with customers.
wirraldrinker - 22 Jun 2015 17:00
Visited Chambers last night only to discover that all 3 hand pumps were out of action so didn't stay. I also heard a customer complaining that the lager he requested was also unavailable. A failing pub?
wirraldrinker - 23 Nov 2014 14:01
Largely unchanged layout from when it was the Ravenscroft except less tables.
The prices have changed though! Doombar and Bombardier at £3 a pint.
Almost full of mainly young blokes swilling lager and downing shots on Saturday night.
A rather poor duo were singing at the far end of the pub.

wirraldrinker - 27 Jul 2014 21:13
This pub has new owners and reopened as 'Chambers Bar & Grill' a few weeks ago. I haven't tried it yet.
wirraldrinker - 29 May 2014 10:56
Not sad to see that this ship of fools has sunk
founddrunkinyourgarden - 13 Jan 2014 16:22
My recent post suggesting that this pub was about to close because the Bramwell Pub Co. had gone into administration was removed.

However, today this pub closed!

Pity really as the Ravenscroft was very popular with young people at weekends.

wirraldrinker - 6 Jan 2014 14:28
The scene of a 'serious incident' on New Year's Eve according to Merseyside Police.

wirraldrinker - 4 Jan 2013 21:12
Less than half full last night (Saturday) but music as loud as ever - WHY?

Had an acceptable pint of Jennings 'Cocky Blonde' in a Bombardier glass.

wirraldrinker - 9 Sep 2012 20:51
I hadn't been in this pub for a while but last night a mate called to tell me that a 'Real Ale & Cider Festival' was being held. So three of us got there promptly.
I wasn't expecting anything special but was pleasantly surprised to discover three hand pumps serving Charles Wells 'Bombardier', Thornbridge 'Jaipur' and Castle Rock 'Harvest Pale'. The latter two were excellent and well kept and around £2:60 a pint.
Well done to Smith & Jones for staging the event. Judging by all the promotional litrature other Smith & Jones pubs must have been also staging the same event.
However, during the 90 minutes we were there we were the ONLY people partaking of the ale. The rest of the punters stuck to their usual cooking lager and shots. Such a shame. Apparently there were 10 ales available over three days and several barrels were at the end of the bar clad in insulating jackets awaiting their turn. I didn't see any ciders but 4 were supposed to be available.
Lets hope the lack of support at this particular pub doesn't stop Smith & Jones from holding future similar events.
wirraldrinker - 22 May 2011 21:55
The good - Thwaites Original, Bombardier and Brains FA all available on Saturday night.
The bad - service absolutely appalling. Barkids have no idea who is next and don't care.
The ugly - Police arrived to remove young idiots once again.

wirraldrinker - 21 Feb 2011 12:36
This is almost two different pubs depending upon when you visit.
I recently went in during a mid-week afternoon and the few customers were mainly old men taking advantage of cheap ale deals.
I've been in for a couple of pints on the last two Saturday nights and it is the usual bedlam - loud, young people some of whom are utterly obnoxious.
There has also been a duo or singer/guitarist playing or I should say backing tapes have been playing. Both acts were piss-poor.
On the plus side, there have been three ales available on each visit and they are much improved. The Thwaites 'Wainwright' was spot on.
wirraldrinker - 13 Dec 2010 11:57
Tried the Youngs Bitter instead of the Bombardier this weekend (see previous comments). However, the Youngs was warm!
Time to try the Jug and Dee View, especially with the World Cup looming and the sort of drinkers that will attract to the Ravenscroft.

wirraldrinker - 31 May 2010 15:11
The Bombardier has been warm on my last three weekend visits.
As this is often the only ale available I and my friends may have to give the place a miss in future.
Sort it out management.
wirraldrinker - 17 May 2010 09:35
AWFUL! most unwelcoming atmosphere, a crap pint and full of hooligans! this could be a very nice place, excellent location and a nice building but there needs to be some major changes! at least its cheap though - and you get what you pay for!
heswallnewbie - 22 Nov 2009 19:59
PollyP - strange that you should only review 4 pubs, all on 20th October and that they should be all Smith & Jones pubs in diverse parts of North West England.
I have no problem with brewer/pub employees reviewing pubs so long as they identify themselves as such.
We are not all as stupid as you.......

wirraldrinker - 27 Oct 2009 11:46
What a great idea of The Ravenscroft to start a community Business Mixer.

The food was great and I have booked my Christmas celebrations with them.

I also have admiration that The Ravenscroft are trying to raise £3000.00 for a local charity.

The new managers are dedicated and have a genuine attitude to making all feel welcome. Definatley be recommending it to my friends and family.
PollyP - 20 Oct 2009 12:39
If you are prepared to put up with the problems with this pub then they are currently selling guest ales for £1:75 a pint. Last night I had Jennings Cumberland Ale and it was pretty good.

wirraldrinker - 13 Sep 2009 18:44
Visited at 10:30 last night. Packed with kids.
Of the three hand pumps, two had the clips turned round so I asked for a pint of the only available one, Marstons Pedigree, only to be told by the serving boy that "We've run out of that."
I asked why the clip wasn't therefore turned round and received a blank stare.
I suppose that while it is full of kids drinking lager, pitchers, cider and shots the manager doesn't care about the ale. However, he should at least train the staff in the basics.

wirraldrinker - 19 Jul 2009 15:38
Large, pisspoor Wetherspoons-type establishment full of semi drunken children on a visit last Friday night. An insult to the memory of John Peel.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 11 Jul 2009 13:43
This pubs address is 3-5 The Mount not the Mouth!

The Ravenscroft is a Baracuda Group 'Smith & Jones' pub.
It is named after John Peel who's real name was John Robert Parker Ravenscroft and who was born in Heswall. Why didnít they just call it the John Peel? Although I'm sure John Peel would turn in his grave at the sort of music played in here.
Quite a large pub. Previously the building was a telephone exchange then a fitness centre. Has a small car park at one side of the building.
It serves reasonably priced corporate meals.
Although customers of all ages frequent this pub it mainly attracts under 30's and therefore shifts a lot of Eurofizz, cider and shots. It also sells John Smiths and although there are 3 hand pumps usually only one or two is in use. Greene King and Bombardier were on recently. These were ok but I've had the odd poor pint of other ales as I don't think they sell a great deal.
Very occasionally hosts live music. Lively and loud at weekends. Definitely the busiest pub in Heswall. Has a couple of tv screens, a quiz machine and a fruit machine. There is a doorman but he simply seems to be friends with the young people.
Service can be awful when it is busy. Staffed mainly by useless kids. Donít ask them any technical questions about the ale. Often have to ask for pint to be topped up.
Late in 2008 all the staff, including the manager, were dismissed. I donít know why. The kids who replaced them are poor in comparison.


wirraldrinker - 3 Jun 2009 10:41

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