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Hearth of the Ram

13, Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, United Kingdom, BL0 0AA
Critics Review 16/20
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7 Days a Week 12-11pm

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
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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
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, 14 October 2018

Have dined here a few times it has cosy atmosphere and I’m never disappointed

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Hearth of the Ram comes recommended to me by my Dad, who dines there regularly. I advised him that the food that we had didn't merit the praise that he gives to the restaurant. The crispy pork belly was chewy. The spiced lamb was tough and bland, and I've had much better yorkshire pudding (over-cooked / dry) and roast beef (dry) at other restaurants that charge a similar price. The main course was what I would expect to receive in a Toby carvery, or some other kind of chain restaurant. This needs improvement if the restaurant is to continue its success, in my view.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

The only negative comment would be the bar prices in that a gin and tonic and pint of cider came to £11.95. Food as always was exceptional.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Hearth of the Ram is one of my favour restaurants. Great food, service & atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Another amazing meal at Hearth of the Ram.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Really nice food Vegan menu was excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Fantastic meal, made a friends birthday special. Dessert was a little slow but due to the rest of great service it didn’t have too much of an impact. Thanks for a wonderful evening we will be back.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Very nice evening would recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

We had a lovely time for my sons 21st birthday

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Great food great service

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Absolutely lovely meal, amazing service and all round great experience. Always love this place but this time the food was awesome. It was the Sunday menu so it was greta value too.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Loved it, as always. Great food and great service. Our last visit was a Saturday night, plenty of staff on and a full restaurant. We felt the music could've been a little more upbeat or louder as it was pretty quiet on this occasion. Hardly anything to grumble about though, all in all a great night and we will be back again.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Fabulous food as always , always accommodating , friendly staff , excellent quality food , very good value in a trendy setting

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Wonderful food and great atmosphere. Waiters were very accommodating when I told them it was my boyfriend's birthday. However, we felt as though the service was slightly rushed and that we were being hurried out.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Excellent food and service . We will.be back

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Superb food, superb service,will definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Brought my cousin and his wife for lunch, wanted to impress them and you didn't let us down. Everything went really well, staff and food were amazing, couldn't fault it .

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Visited On Friday, 21 September 2018

We had a lovely meal here to celebrate our anniversary the food was excellent!

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Visited On Friday, 21 September 2018

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Visited On Monday, 17 September 2018

Been wishing to try pie night for a while now and it was fantastic - thank you! Beautiful pastry (nice to have the real thing rather than those hats that most places plonk on top), excellent choice, beautifully done, lovely meat and gravy (chicken and steak), spoon a very good idea, nice fresh veg and proper chips, top value, excellent front of house - friendly, attentive, professional and efficient service, very “sympa”, well kept real ale as always. John’s got his night out with the boys tonight in Bolton so no ram Friday this eve but look forward to seeing you all Sunday (ps - I did a review for last Saturday and new autumn menu but got an error message on sending so not sure if it reached you - 5 star across the board but let me know if you’d like more detail if you didn’t get it - the kitchen are flying! I nearly said on fire but you know what I mean). Thanks a mill as always.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Great place to eat, we keep going back!

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Visited On Sunday, 16 September 2018

Excellent food and service.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 September 2018

Food came out warm not hot, vegetables were really hard and overall the food tasted quite bland.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 September 2018

My first visit was out of this world. Food staff. This time however very disappointing. Staff surly food not great. Potatos hard not much meat on the plate. 20.95 a head sorry not worth the money. Such a shame as my first visit a few weeks back was the polar opposite. Wont be doing sunday lunch here again.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

Although we booked and were greeted, seated and left for quite a while without menus or a drink offer, we were then left feeling bewildered aind awkward by his colleague who asked us if we had booked and under which name..... he didn't attend our table again after this strange one-off sortie. Aside being seated right next to another couple in a near-empty restaurant, again awkward with two couples attempting in vain to relax and chat with respective partners, things then began to look up. The wine was decent, as was the food - albeit the menu a little limited in terms of variety and number of dishes for fish lovers/non-meat eaters. Our initial greeter and his female colleague who served us were pleasant and attentive. However this wasn't enough to sway us to book our Christmas day lunch for our family and friends... the main purpose of our visit was to determine this.

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