7 Days a Week 12-11pm
- 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
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.’
It was really a nice meal, but the courses just got a little bit less good each time. So the starters were amazing, the mains good and the desserts just okay. The ice cream with the desserts seemed like it had crystallised a bit with icy strips in the middle. The recommended wine pairings were very nice. Would definitely come back
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here on Friday. Great food and amazing front of house service. Thank you for a great time!
We have been visiting here a few times a year for the last four years or so but this visit was one of the best! Whilst the food has always been fantastic the culinary delights we experienced last night were superb! We later found out that the head chef (Lee) is relatively new to the establishment and he has definitely got things heading in the right direction. We had a good chat with him and he even went and brought out an additional dip that he was experimenting with for us to try! What a friendly guy this is and spoke to you as though he had known you for ages. The staff were all very nice and we believe that there were a few 'new starters' in that evening but they all seemed to be coping well. We love the atmosphere here and this marked step up in the food makes the visit even more worthwhile. Great selection of food, wine, spirits and soft drinks so everyone should be able to find something to suit their requirements. Looking forward to going back for Pie Monday which is a great introduction and if the pies are as good as the food we have just eaten then we will have to block Monday's out of diary for the foreseeable future! Keep up the good work Euan, Lee, Natalie and the rest of the team!
We were a group of 6 ladies having a long lunch. We had to ask for the 2-1 cocktails menu. We order at least 3 rounds of cocktails but found they took forever to be made, we would have spent a lot more if service was quicker. 3 girls also disappointed the pie wasn’t actually a pie, more of a stew with a pastry top
Delayed serving our meal but had a complimentary drink. Fab service!
Great vegan food & we'll be back, hubby equally loved his none vegan food!
Really great quality food, nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it.
I would prefer more comfortable seats bearing in mind the price paid for food and drink though the food is so good this aspect does not stop us returning time and again!
First time visit - will definitely book again
As always a great meal with great service....
We’ve not been to the restaurant for a few years and I was disappointed to see so many flies around the tables, we had to shoo several away from our food. One of the doors was open so maybe keeping them closed would help?
I had seen very good reviews for food and hence booked for lunch for my husband's birthday. the scotch egg was nice. However, roast beef was mediocre and the Yorkshire puddings were over cooked/burnt. This really was disappointing as my husband is a Foodie and an amazing cook himself. He ordered Crème Brulee and again the top had the smell of butane. Finally, as it was his birthday, I was told that he would be offered Prosecco and ice cream. He was offered ice cream but was not offered any Prosecco. So, overall, disappointed.
Very nice meal. Service excellent. Visited long time ago good to see the prices have reduced in general to a more reasonable level. Cocktails very nice. Interesting to talk to the barman or Mixologist about the ingredients.
Unfortunately this was the second time that we have visited and been disappointed with our meal. On this occassion the duck was tough and over cooked when it should have been pink. My daughters lamb chops were also hard to cut through and only produced a mouthful of meat after cutting away the fat. I did complain but when the bill arrived no mention of my complaint was made. We had to call over another member of staff to resolve the matter and he knocked one of the ducks of thd bill. Nice restaurant but food needs to be inproved
The menu was fantastic, your staff looks like they’d rather be somewhere else and the ambience was a bit flat... but the menu really is excellent!
Seven of us drank and dined. The food was very good, lovely steaks, and the service was top notch. We all really enjoyed our meal. Already recommended to two friends. We will return.
Friendly welcome, great update to a popular a la carte menu, knowledgeable bar and restaurant staff and a really pleasant atmosphere.
Excellent food and service - would recommend a visit
Thank you for making my son’s graduation meal extra special. Couldn’t have been better.
I appreciate it’s summer (usual for England). However, the flies were a big bearer.
A lovely evening with great food, the staff were very attentive but not in your face.
Excellent food and service
Fantastic food, service and an amazing gesture, thank you Alan
The chef took time out to ask if we enjoyed one of the specials we ordered.....which we did. Excellent food eveytime. Can't fault it.
great choice for the Vegi and Vegan in the party particularly having Vegan desert means I will defiantly return and recommend to friends X