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 Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fabulous way to celebrate our daughters graduation 😍

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Visited On Sunday, 14 July 2019

Excellent food - relaxed, no hurry

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Lovely afternoon tea, only negative - the scones could have been bigger!

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Brilliant - we both had the same - beautiful scallops with black pudding croquettes and pea purée special; Moroccan spiced cod with gnocchi (John had spiced sautéed potatoes) which I’d seen tweeted out during the week which looked gorgeous and Lee very kindly said he’d do them for us when I asked if they were still on, a beautifully light white chocolate mousse with clementine sorbet for me and lovely light jelly and raspberry sorbet for John with the dessert wines, Albariño and faraghina (sp) with starter and mains, Wigan casino lovely as was the moorhouses, chefs and service hot, hot, hot as always. Lovely long chillaxed enjoyable Friday summer’s evening. Very special. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Great meal, service was excellent and brilliant value for money! Will defo return

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Great food. Great service. Will keep coming back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Lovely meal again at hearth of the ram...made special by a birthday desert...Thank you!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Amazing Food ,service and great wine and champagne .. We love everything about this place ..

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Lovely food welcoming atmosphere and tremendous value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Thank you so much for making our special day just perfect. Excellent food, wine & service. Also great value for money. We will be back on Friday for Fish Friday. Thank you again.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 July 2019

Great service from all of the staff. Drinks a little expensive especially the soft drinks

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 July 2019

We've been a few times before and we loved it so we thought of celebrating my 40th birthday here. Unfortunately the service was shocking as both ladies were alone in the pub serving a lot of customers. The food was good as usual but we were left with empty glasses for too long and had to get their attention to obtain a second drink which took too long. We left as we couldn't even think about dessert. There was no gesture of goodwill on the bill. We appreciate the effort of both members of staff with so many people but for a special occasion it left us quite disappointed when we were looking forward to celebrating as a family at the Hearth of Ram.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Fabulous place for afternoon tea for my 40th celebrations and wonderful service

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Me and my fiance brought our parents here for a lunch and everyone was full of compliments on the food and the service! Excellent all around and will definitely revisit!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Seriously, your lovely chef (whom we were fortunate enough to meet) made the most amazing vegan food we’ve ever had the pleasure to eat at a restaurant. Your new summer menu is incredible! My husband was waxing lyrical about our meals on Instagram so more of our friends will hopefully come down! :)

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Visited On Thursday, 27 June 2019

Lovely birthday lunch

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

We have eaten at The Hearth several times and the food is generally good. The Sunday lunch menu is nice.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

Fantastic dining as always with a lovely Sunday chillax. Real ale was spot on, I love anything with the word “bruschetta” in it, the tempura haddock was lovely, light and fresh, the sea bass was beautifully done (I’m rubbish with fish, hence tend to favour it with you guys), just the right amount of chorizo in the potato to enhance rather than overpower, John pretty well licked his pork plate clean, the key lime pie was lovely and light tho sorely tempted with the set lemon curd and the blackberry parfait, chocolate always a winner, lovely choice of wines and single malts. I don’t think I ever mention the coffee which is among our favs. Top service - always good to see Euan and Emanuel and round of applause with hats off and a bow to the guys and girls in the kitchens, Lee, Matty and all the team for always coming up trumps every time and especially in the summer heat. Thank you. We are so lucky.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

We had a fairly long wait from sitting down to our order being taken but the service was OK thereafter.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Truly enjoy every time - my favourite place

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Excellent food, great afternoon dinning.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Fantastic food and staff were very warm and happy to do anything to help

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Food ok but expected better for pricing. Starter small, 2 v thin discs of sourdough with parfait. Pie wasn’t a pie, only pastry lid & couldn’t taste stout in it. Cheese was good. Wine £11.25 a glass! Come on, bog standard Malbec should not cost that. We’re unlikely to return, far better food available locally at better price

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Good food, service and atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Service was all over the place. We got our drinks order after about 10 minutes, then waited 40 minutes for our food order. We had to ask for another drink when we had empty glasses rather than anybody asking if we wanted more drinks when we were running low. Someone tried to clear our plates away when we were half way through our meal. Dessert was dreadful but was taken off the bill which was the only plus of the service. A service charge was already added to our bill and we paid the service due to the removal of the dessert, however, didn’t leave any further tips due to poor service. Our main meals were nice but not nice enough to make me want to go back again.

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