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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
  • Outside Seating Area
  • 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, 21 April 2019

Great friendly atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

A beautiful Easter Sunday! Making memories with family, decent food and welcoming customer service. Even though prior to Easter Sunday, I had a bad experience with one waitress with a severely bad attitude and aggressive manner— I simply booked again for Easter because the quality of the food out weighed the negative. The manager was a delight and very attentive, even though it was extremely busy. Even when returning, the waitress was pleasent and didn’t resort to behaving how she did before. I think customer service doesn’t always come naturally to people, or sometimes people find it difficult to separate home life to working life. If you’ve had a bad experience due to customer service here, it’s always worth trying it out again! Remember, life is a learning curve! ... for everybody. My daughter was also given a kids menu which is quite unusual for an establishment which serves this style of food. It was lovely to see my six year old enjoy good food and be catered for.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

Good food and wine, service could have been better...and wine prices are still at the higher end.

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

Excellent food!

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Food and service were both excellent.Nice cosy atmosphere. Hope to return soon.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Each course more delicious than the previous Loved it

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Great food good service and excellent staff the only negative comments would be the price of the wine which was far too much when you can buy at a fraction of the cost charged

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Lovely meal in pleasant surroundings

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Excellent food friendly staff and good service

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

We really enjoyed the whole experience of dining here. The food is excellent, the service was friendly and professional and the atmosphere was intimate as we sat in the restaurant and not the conservatory. Will be going back .

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

A really enjoyable afternoon tea. Excellent service and my request for a gluten free alternative was not an issue at all. We will definitely visit again soon.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Amazing food and great value. Fantastic staff and a great atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Second time we have been on a special day, first New Year’s Day and then Mother’s day, both times food/drink has been excellent it’s the reason we keep going back! but the staff seem so busy it takes a very long time to get served it’s like they have to many people to deal with at once. We waited half an hour just for drinks order to be taken and that was after we had asked, we then had to wait quite a while for the rest of our meal. We ended up staying nearly four hours it took that long such a shame as everything else is great.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

For an organised function with pre-orders, I had expected the service to be a bit quicker. I also had expected a bit more planfulness, for example water on the tables and soft drinks available in the function area. Given there is a bar area there it could be put to use. I think there should have been one or two more waiting on staff as well as it was difficult to make some drinks orders / requests at times. Some of the guests said the lamb wasn’t cooked enough but most of the food was well received.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

I was quite disappointed with this visit. There was hardly any service, our waiter didn’t make us feel welcomed and even told us to sit at the wrong table at first. The drinks seemed to take ages to arrive. During the meal I had a really dry throat and I really wanted a glass of water, however I never got this because no one came to check on our table. My dry throat wasn’t helped with the chicken also being really dry. Really disappointed as the first time I had been here I had a great time and the food was phenomenal.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Food was delicious, just a shame my main was delayed 5 mins. Still it wouldn’t stop me from coming back..fantastic food and great atmosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Lovely meal.

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Our favourite restaurant in Ramsbottom that's regarding the food & customer service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Great place. Excellent service. Waitress was great helped us out with finding the right bus to get home. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

Fab service. Love the wine recommendations with the food. Lovely atmosphere with a fab eighties easy listening playlist!! Best espresso martinis around!!!

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

David who served us is a credit to your business, helpful, polite and couldn't do enough for us The food was exceptional and made our afternoon together a memorable occasion so thank you very much

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

I really enjoyed my visit and the food was delicious 😋 I will definitely be back

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Dessert was lovely but the Sunday roast was very bland with small portion of meat and pate was a strange consistency

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

200 year old Historic Pub, and our family group of 8 were placed in a 20th century extension which was extremely noisy and cramped. Comfort and service were inevitably pushed right back.The quiet area looked inviting and empty. Suggest you ask your customers where they may like to be seated. The atmosphere in this extension was very disappointing, and spoiled our evening birthday celebration.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

The staff were fantastic, very attentive and helpful. Check backs were spot on and the food was to die for.

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