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 Thursday, 13 May 2021

Fabulous service food and ambiance, love this place, highly recommended

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Love the new menu, doing there best with the outside as they can’t help the weather, good atmosphere, doing there absolute best with current restrictions, looking forward to coming when 100% open again, thank you!

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Choosing to dine out through restrictions isn’t easy for customer or restaurant and I have seen a few reviews reflecting their issues. We booked quite last minute but had a choice to sit in the conservatory are or the new outdoor add on. It wasn’t an overly warm day although sunny so chose to sit on the conservatory to avoid the elements. It turned out to be the perfect spot. The warm sunshine heated the metal table reflecting the heat back and allowed us to enjoy the amazingly tasty treats delivered to us. Staff were very attentive and we never felt rushed. It’s definitely going to get our custom again!

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 May 2021

Never been here before but will defiantly return! Service was excellent as was the food.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 May 2021

The whole day was a great experience. Great food and excellent service. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 April 2021

Fab place ❤️

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Visited On Saturday, 01 May 2021

Had a wonderful time - service excellent, good food and extensive wine list. Shame I had an extra ingredient in my cheesecake - accidents do happen and at least I didn’t choke on it! Will definitely be back. Thank you Elizabeth &Tommy O’Brien

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Visited On Friday, 30 April 2021

Staff were welcoming and really attentive. 2 out of 4 meals were fabulous, 1 was good and 1 was not so great hence 4/5 stars. Despite being outside on a chilly April evening we were sufficiently warmed by the heaters.

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Visited On Friday, 30 April 2021

Awful service and lack of respect. Staff were rude and miserable. Wouldn’t go back again

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Visited On Thursday, 29 April 2021

Steaks were expensive, especially when charging £3.50 each for side dishes. Starters should ALL be served at the same time and not 30 minutes in between especially when it is a child.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Lovely meal and great service thanks

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Visited On Monday, 26 April 2021

We booked online also emailed to explain it was my mothers 74th birthday to which we had no reply on arriving we were seated in an area that was very cold being told that the other seats i a warmer area were booked we eventually got moved there were a lot of things on the menu not available spring rolls fish and chips this was early in the evening and disappointing all in all a very average dining experience

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Visited On Friday, 23 April 2021

Absolutely amazing service and quality of food drink and service was out of this world . Have already booked to come again !

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Visited On Friday, 23 April 2021

Amazing food, staff and service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Service a little erratic

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Visited On Thursday, 22 April 2021

Lovely food and setting! If I’m ever back in Ramsbottom it’ll be the place we go to!

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Visited On Thursday, 22 April 2021

Good marks were helped by the weather

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Visited On Thursday, 22 April 2021

Lovely food, much better than when I visited next year. Speedy service. Slightly high prices for food and booze but good quality so makes it worth it

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Visited On Thursday, 22 April 2021

Is there really any need for 80s disco music belting out ...

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Unfortunately we were disappointed this time. We have been before Covid and loved it. Food was not up to your usual standard and some was a little cold. You had also ran out of a few things we fancied of the menu and your new out door area could do with some heat and a few finishing touches to feel a little more welcoming. We will come back and see you when things get back to normal 🤞🏻

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Visited On Monday, 12 April 2021

I booked a table for my son’s 18th birthday but it was clear on arrival the staff were not expecting us and we had to wait ages to be seated. We had to ask for a round of drinks 3 or 4 times, and we also had to ask a similar number of times for the heater to be turned on. The tables were placed far too close together and none of the staff were wearing face masks. It was very uncomfortable ordering from staff stood right next to you when we’re meant to be social distancing. Had it not been my son’s birthday we wouldn’t have stayed. I always thought highly of Hearth of the Ram but this experience spoilt it, we received a large bill for an uncomfortable evening. I doubt I’ll be returning.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Service was very poor and we were waiting for our starters for a very long time and then had to ask about these 3 times before being told that the kitchen had messed up our order and did we just want our mains. No we wanted the starters we had been waiting for!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 April 2021

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the atmosphere was great and the staff were very polite and friendly. My only critics is that we were brought the bill without asking for it which felt like we being thrown out. Will return but hope lessons are learnt.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Thought we had booked the existing outdoor area to dine, but told that was fully booked (when there was ample space throughout our visit) and therefore was sat outside with no heaters even after I asked over the phone when booking. The food was served on cold plates therefore by the time the food had arrived it was already going cold. Part of the order was missed and service was poor with staff staying inside out of the cold. We are regulars at Hearth of the Ram but will not be visiting again. >£30 for a cold steak on a cold plate in a cold decking area which would be easy to pop a gas heater into. Suggestion: invest some of your healthy per plate/head income in some outdoor heaters to make your outdoor experience more pleasant. The decking seems semi permanent so it should be more pleasant. Our table bill would probably have covered the cost of a heater.

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Visited On Monday, 19 April 2021

Lovely food and nice staff. Service was slow and seemed like some of the staff were new (that’s acceptable) But we were in no rush so this didn’t really matter. Food was fantastic. We had the great British platter and were very impressed. My first pint of lager in over a year went down beautifully. We will be back soon

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