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 Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Massive thanks to all the team for our last meal out for some time on weds with special thanks to Elliot who created the meal for us. Fabulous. Fantastic cotes de boeuf at home this evening too - it worked really well - and we look forward to hearth at home over the months to come. The menu will work really well and we look forward to having starters and desserts as well, wine as well if you’re still selling. Really going to miss our ram chill outs. Look after yourselves and your families - it’ll be a heck of a party when this is all over!! Take care.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Hearth of the Ram consistently provides great food, very good service and an excellent choice of fine wines!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Lovely night with friends!

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Very friendly and welcoming. Delicious food😋

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

One of the best restaurants in Bury and definitely the best in Ramsbottom Would recommend without hesitation and what is especially great is their consideration of elderly clients

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

High quality food/presentation inclusive of midweek offers. Good wine choice, reasonably priced. Will certainly be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

A bit chilly in the conservatory area

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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Lovely meal and drinks

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Went for the burger and beer deal - very nice burger can’t fault it highly recommended

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Excellent fresh tasty food, wonderful, friendly service in beautiful relaxing surroundings, perfect for big family gatherings - will definitely be back, thank you, we had a great night

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Excellent food, friendly staff

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Little noisy at times

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

always welcoming and great food..

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Arrived and waited c20 minutes at the bar. Then shown to our table upstairs. There were at least 6 empty tables which begs the question why were we kept waiting - feels like a ploy to get us to spend more money at the bar. Obviously with so few people upstairs atmosphere was a little thin - but that improved. The waitress really wasn't that fussed. Occasionally plonked things down on the table with a cursory "how's your food?" Borrowed our wine menu for the next table - then came back to ask if we wanted to order drinks. Returned the drinks menu but didn't hand it to us - merely dumped it on the table. The food - when we finally got it - was nice. Although the prawn salad let the dish down - felt like a some nice prawns on top then some tiny frozen ones underneath. The steak was very fatty but that's probably just the cut. In all a nice meal - probably not as nice as I would have expected for £150 (inc wine). However, I do find it ridiculous to add a service charge for a table of 2. Especially when the service was poor. Oh - and this is probably just me - but for a special evening like valentine's day when people are dressed up and spending a lot of money I'd have expected the staff to be wearing something more appropriate than jeans.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Excellent restaurant !! .. great food .. lovely people .. sometimes the waiting time for your table can get a little to long .. but other than that i'ts great .. I highly recommend a visit .

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

We always like to visit the Hearth for a nice meal anytime during the year, but we decided to go for Valentine's Day this year and take advantage of their celebration menu they had on offer. Whilst we had a little issue with selection of starters (there was something on each of them that my wife didn't like), a quick message to the restaurant and all was sorted. We had a lovely table and the food was lovely, as ever! It appears that they were a couple of staff short on the evening but the staff that were in all rallied round and pulled off an excellent evening. The evening was relaxed and the time flew by, culminating in us being there for about 5 hours ❤️. The staff are all really friendly and Euan and Emmanuel are very welcoming. We always look forward to visiting and sure we'll be back in the not too distant future.

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Another wonderful evening for me and my wife. Thank you.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

Throughly enjoyed my evening the rarebit starter is super good highly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Brilliant night

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Our first visit and we weren't disappointed. Staff were attentive and knowledgable without being overbearing. Menu was varied and a little expensive but the food was excellent and I didn't begrudge paying. Will definitely be back

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Great food and atmosphere in the conservatory. Very capable of hosting a party of 14 including young children.

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Visited On Monday, 03 February 2020

Food, service and ambience were all wonderful! Wines were a bit pricey. Would certainly recommend, and have done already.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 February 2020

Great atmosphere and great food, fab little place for a nice evening.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 February 2020

Highly recommended

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Visited On Sunday, 02 February 2020

Good food, nice location friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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