Hearth of the Ram

13, Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, United Kingdom, BL0 0AA
Critics Review 16/20
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Food 7 Days a Week 12-9pm, Bar open till Late

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Children's Menu available
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Free WiFi
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Private Dining
  • Free Parking
  • Event Space
  • Easy Access
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Bar
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About Hearth of the Ram

Description brought to you by Manchester Confidential:

Extraordinary pub food cooked by a local favourite.

Confident cooking in a historic, 200 year old pub on the cusp of the countryside. Comfort and service are pushed to the fore while fine, French techniques meet local flavours on a seductive menu. Start with salted cod cheeks and crab mousse in a lemongrass broth or a fresh pea panna cotta with a breaded duck egg. Mains suit an occasion, particularly the likes of black cod, black garlic confit, crayfish dumpling and lemon veloute or Highland venison loin with Pommes Anna and liquorice sauce. Even hybrids like ‘Scotched’ arancini with goats cheese and homemade pesto work. Desserts could include spicy chocolate fondant with carmelised white chocolate or banana doughnuts with rum and raisin ice cream. Chef ‘Naz’ used to head up the kitchen at Ramsons (now closed) which won Good Food Guide readers’ restaurant of the year in 2008. He was one of the leading lights in the regeneration of Ramsbottom as foodie destination. And what a destination it is. Confidential reviewer, Neil Sowerby, writes: ‘The Hearth sits on the bend of Peel Brow before it attempts to go vertical in its ascent to the M66. Once it was a wayside inn hospitably called The Good Samaritan.’ Its now owned by a Scottish couple Euan and Dena Watkins with 20 years’ experience in the trade. Sowerby describes the Hearth’s wine list as ‘small but spot on’ while ‘whisky stands out – from single malts to Pappy Van Winkles 20-year-old bourbon.’

Cuisine: British, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly, Afternoon Tea, Child Friendly, Cocktails, Dessert, Fine Dining, Fish, Gastro Pub, Locally Sourced, Seafood, Set Menu, Steak, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine Bar
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Manchester Confidential's Neil Sowerby
16/20
My ravishing starter consisted of two seared partridge breasts and a confit leg, earthy lentils and pancetta and pear caviar. It’s a conceit involving pear juice set with agar dropped in oil to form caviar-like pearls.
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Visited On Sunday, 17 November 2019

This was unfortunately not a very good experience for us and we will not be returning. I had booked a table for 6pm, when we got there, we were told the table wasn’t ready and so waited in the bar area for around 20 minutes. Whilst we were waiting, we ordered drinks, the lager was quite clearly off. It took the bar staff around 10 minutes to clarify this and get us some replacement drinks. Once we sat down, although we had already been given the menus, it took staff at least 15 minutes for them to take our order once we had been seated. Once the staff had taken our order, they returned a few minutes later saying they had no lamb of which 3 of us had chosen. This was really disappointing, particularly as it wasn’t late in the evening and would expect them to still have a full menu at 6:30. Once the starters arrived, one of them was incorrect and so one of our party ate their starter after everyone else finished. During this time we had also ordered some drinks which took a really long time to arrive and we had to remind the staff to check where they were up to. The saving grace was the food itself which was actually really tasty. It’s a shame the service was really not up to scratch, we had never been here before and was celebrating my Dads 60th birthday and it was not the special meal we were hoping it would be. The service was in short, abysmal however I will say there was one waitress who did make an effort with our party, she was very polite and chatty, she also made sure we got some coffees taken off the bill due to the mishap with the starter. If she hadn’t have done that, we would have complained.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 November 2019

Service was a bit slow had to wait for drinks at our table and ask twice for something that said it was busy and the staff were extremely apologetic once it was brought to their attention . We also liked that nobody rushed us we were able to sit relax and enjoy our food the atmosphere was lovely.We have recommended you to all our friends, we’ve not stopped talking about how fab the food was and we will 100% be coming back. Thank you :-)

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

First visit here and was not disappointed Lovely atmosphere friendly staff and food off the pub classics was excellent.will definitely be returning

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Visited On Friday, 15 November 2019

Fish & Chips Friday, got to be done

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

Enjoyed the sausage and mash, very generous portions, too full for anything else. Excellent service,friendly, polite and helpful staff. Will visit again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Unusually quiet for a Saturday night but food was excellent as always.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Such a gorgeous intimate atmosphere with a delicious vegan menu!

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Visited On Sunday, 03 November 2019

Pigeon starter was a real treat, as was the pheasant main - both beautifully done. Real ale (Silver Tally, I think) and the Timothy Taylors both lovely, gorgeous wines - Fleurie and Are You Game - and it was defo a rice pudding day. Top kitchen and top front of house teams, at their very best ever. It’s always a treat for us, so lucky to have you guys so close by. Cheers! 👍👍👍

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Visited On Monday, 04 November 2019

It was a brilliant Monday night treat for my dad and you even gave him a birthday treat :)

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Visited On Sunday, 03 November 2019

The staff noticed I was cold and immediately turned the heating on. Great customer service coupled with great food as always.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Hearth of the Ram. This was our first time trying following a suggestion from a colleague. Really glad we tried. The setting was lovely, the service welcoming and attentive and the food was beautifully cooked and presented. We will certainly be back again. The only reason I knocked down the value for money was due to having to order and pay for an accompanying portion of chips to go with a fillet steak. Would have expected some form of potato/veg side as standard. Otherwise it was perfect and didn't spoil our enjoyment of some delicious food. See you again some time.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 October 2019

Excellent food and service as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Went the extra mile, great service we will be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 27 October 2019

Delicious food, first visit and will defo return!

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Visited On Sunday, 27 October 2019

Lovely warm welcome, lovely atmosphere, gorgeous food. Fresh raspberry in my Prosecco, it’s the small things .

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

Great day again at the Hearth of The Ram, for Stuart’s special birthday

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Visited On Sunday, 20 October 2019

My husband and I had a wonderful experience on Sunday.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Excellent night as always. See you next time!

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Lovely food

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Another enjoyable night with great food and wine

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Went for my daughters birthday. Staff attentive, atmosphere lovely and food amazing as always. Fab menu choice and a brilliant burger offer !!! Definitwly recommended.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

We enjoy the dining experience because it offers good food, well cooked in a good friendly comfortable atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

Really great place very busy and we where not rushed which is so unusual nowadays. Lovely food and good price as the ingredients are high quality.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

My husband's meal was amazing my main and dessert were not cooked well I complained and the Lady from Paris was lovely and made my experience a more positive one . The staff are lovely the duck and brownie not up to usual standard sorry

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Food service and atmosphere was excellent. Staff were lovely and friendly would definitely go back. Couldn't fault the whole evening.

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