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 Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Hand sanitisers on the table, great atmosphere everyone enjoying being out safely! Perfect

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Food was delicious, service could have been better

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Staff very welcoming and helpful. Nice touch with hand gel on the table. Food was very tasty. I had The hake, my partner had A pizza then lemon posset (divine) We both felt safe and will be coming again :))

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Visited On Sunday, 09 August 2020

We had Sunday tea at the Hearth for my daughters.birthday. They food was delicious, service friendly and the Covid measures were unobtrusive.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 August 2020

I emailed this yesterday with no Good morning, I am just emailing as we came to your restaurant yesterday evening and we are very disappointed. I didn’t want to write a negative review on your Facebook page as I know the impact this could have towards others customers. First of all the starters were very greasy and plain. We then waited nearly 45 for our mains and was just not happy at all. The fish and chips was very bland, as well as the burger. The kids pizza did not even taste like pizza was full of dough. Disappointed. Grace

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Visited On Sunday, 09 August 2020

Only one vegetarian option which wasn’t to my taste. Ordered a hot veg starter for a main which arrived cold. Garlic bread topping was also cold. More flies inside than around the outside bins. Probably won’t visit again and don’t recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 August 2020

Great service and meal as always....

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Visited On Sunday, 09 August 2020

Excellent service!! Always go above and beyond for my disabled mother and disabled friend. Thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

A lovely meal, thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Food was very nice, service was not very friendly the waitress serving us didn’t smile once. Would recommend for the food but not the service

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

First time back since Covid lockdown. So good to be back and felt totally safe and clean. Thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Disappointing change in menu. Service was incredibly slow. Unacceptable time between ordering and food arriving. Did not enjoy.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Excellent Sunday lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Comprehensive menu competitively priced. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

One of the best Sunday roasts in the North West. See you all again soon.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

The food was good, reasonably priced. The drinks were exhorbitant : £4.50 for a 330ml bottle of Birra Morretti. The service was poor, had to wait too long for giving the order and paying the bill. Overshadowing everything was the lack of covid 19 precautions. No social distancing, no staff face coverings, poor hygiene. The gents toilets were appalling. Guests hugging staff. Multiple households sitting at one table. Will not be going back whilst we have a pendemic, probably never!!

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Had the roast and it was abysmal at best. The veg that came out was over blanched and not even seasoned. Told our server which she said they'd speak with the chef but received no feedback or reason why such a bad plate of food was allowed to leave the pass. I mean look about the sugar snap pea. https://ibb.co/vZn4F7t The service was the only redeeming quality, our server was polite and attentive.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Nice waitress but the food was horrendous - Guacamole and salsa were clearly out of a supermarket tub and not made from fresh, the tortilla chips were from a packet. The chips that came with burger were burnt down to a crisp - had to request a new set. Burger came with lettuce and onion - no tomatoe, avocado, relish or chilli. Mcdonalds standards at a price tag!

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Visited On Friday, 31 July 2020

Thank you for giving me a chance to review my recent visit. First the plus side, lovely greeting from the gentleman at the door, big smile and came across as though nothing was to much for him to make our visit a good one. The steak. It was really tasty Now for the negative... the waitress’s has about as much charisma as a dead fly. The one who finally came to ask us if we wanted drinks seemed to be chewing gum !! Not sure if she was but wasn’t great at articulating the menu to us. She failed to explain there was a limited menu She had no idea about the steaks apart from sirloin or fillet for choice. There was no information forth with regards what they even came with and I had no idea of the price either. Only thing I new was that the extras where there on the menu. We ordered steaks and sides, both ordering the side salad. Wow, I’ve never ever seen a side salad priced at £3:50 that makes a Big Mac salad look so good. How can you offer up what can only be described as diced finely chopped iceberg lettuce and a very small amount of finely sliced chopped tomato as a side salad ? It was my girlfriends birthday and I was t going to create a scene and spoil what had been an amazing day so far. The service was just as lousy as the side salad. We had to ask on more then one occasion for more drinks, and then again some 10 minutes or more after our plates where taken had to ask for the desert menu. Yet others where getting served around us ???? I’d like to know what the price was for a gin and tonic too as pretty sure that when we retired to the bar for drinks after they were a different price. I still have no idea how much the steaks actually cost but the final bill was over the £100 mark. Now for that price I at least expect better service as I’m sure everyone else would too.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 July 2020

Delicious.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 July 2020

The menu was not a great selection and the food was bland and overpriced for what they were offering, it was more like a Brewers Fayre at best. The website menu is not the menu that is actually available and was told they just hadn't had time to update it. I wouldn't come back.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 July 2020

Underwhelming and overpriced.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 July 2020

Wonderful

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Visited On Saturday, 25 July 2020

Food was lovely, great service will definitely be back again!

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Visited On Friday, 24 July 2020

Great to be back at the Hearth of Ram. Friendly welcome and lovely food. It was fantastic to see a great atmosphere in the restaurant during these challenging times. I will be back again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 July 2020

The Saturday lunch menu was extremely basic, nothing at all special about it and would compare it to that of pub food. Disappointing experience all round.

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