The Raven Inn is the oldest surviving hostelry in the old village of Glazebury, once known as Bury Lane. The Inn owes its origins in 1562 to the Holcroft family, who in addition to being powerful manorial lords existing as far back as the 13th century, achieved notoriety through the marriage of their daughter Maria to Colonel Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer.

Thomas Blood served with Cromwell in Ireland and when he was stationed in south Lancashire the Wedding took place at nearby Newchurch Parish Church on the 21st June 1650. A turbulent life of political intrigue was marked by a failed attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, when Thomas was imprisoned in the White Tower before trial. Surprisingly he was pardoned and eventually became a favourite of King Charles II, dying at his Westminster home in 1680.

The old Inn sign showed the Holcroft Crest of a raven holding a sword and there is folklore of a secret passage leading from the Inn to Holcroft Hall some distance away on the mysterious land of Chat Moss.

On dark and still evenings you may still faintly hear the clip-clop of hooves and the clink of armour.

Now the location is a vintage restaurant serving classic food and is an ideal location in the Cheshire countryside for a wedding or any gathering of friends or family.

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    • Operating hours:
    • Closed Mondays | Food Served: Tuesday - Saturday - 12pm-2pm & 5pm-8.30pm | Sunday - 12pm-6.30pm
    • Address:
    • 341 Warrington Road, Glazebury, Cheshire , WA3 5LA
    • Telephone:
    • 01925 765936
    • Email:
    • theraveninn@aol.com