The following information has been obtained from various sources and is supplied with the best intention. Should you be able to provide more detailed information, Benny & Steph would love to hear from you.
Situated in Rawnsley, near Cannock in Staffordshire, the original Raglan House Public House was located within farmland, alongside which ran a railway line. (The building currently occupied is not the original pub building).
The pub became affectionately known to the locals as the Rag & Louse, presumably as many of the regulars were workmen who used the railway and would visit the pub in their oily clothes after work, and because of the sheep on the farm.
A brewery chain was purchasing many public houses in the area and purchased the property that the pub now occupies. This pub was named, as well as many others that the brewery purchased at that time, as The New Inn. However, although the pub now had a new name, it was still known to locals as “The Rag”, and to many it became known as “Maggie’s Rag” after the landlady of the time, Margaret.
As time passed, the land adjacent to The New Inn was purchased by a local gentleman Dick Fowler, (this included the car park next to The New Inn.) As such the brewery sold The New Inn to this Dick Fowler and the pub has stayed within his family for many years, being run by managers.
In April 2003 Michael and Stephanie Benniston , (Benny & Steph), and their daughter Emma, moved into the pub to run it. One of the first decisions made by Benny & Steph was to rename the pub to its original locally known name, The Rag.
Redecoration and extensive building work followed, and in March 2004, the new restaurant facilities were opened.
The restaurant has been a huge success and should you wish to visit, please use our online facility and book a table.