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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
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $ $
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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 Saturday, 14 October 2017

The food was nice, service was a little slow and we were left with our empty plates for a good ten mins. The table was rather small and uncomfortable for us but we are both very tall! and it was very busy so there is a limit to what they could have done for us. Overall we had a lovely evening and we would recommend "Hearth Of The Ram" to friends and family .

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Visited On Friday, 13 October 2017

Another delightful lunch! A great welcome, looked after throughout and delicious food!

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Visited On Sunday, 08 October 2017

Very slow service - our table was booked at 1.15pm, no main courses until 2.30pm. We had to chase them and got no explanation for the delay or apology. People who arrived after us were served much more quickly.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 October 2017

Outstanding from start to finish, great Gin selection pre meal followed by the best Sunday lunch I've ever had complimented by a fine bottle of Cairanne. Faultless!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Ordered a lovely bottle of wine and had to serve ourselves!! When staff came to the table they constantly interrupted our conversations....

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

Disappointing. Booked table for my partner and parents. More waiting staff needed. Drinks order was forgotten.Had to beckon staff to place order. Had the 8oz fillet steak. Cooked well, and great taste. However, only half a portobello mushroom was bizarre! and paying over £30 for steak and chips, I felt was stingy and very poor. Who decided to only give half a mushroom ? Overpriced. The risotto was a very small portion. It lacked seasoning and was very bland, The lamb was delicious. I’ve had Sunday dinner before which was very good however. Comfortable seating and pleasant atmosphere. Good selection of drinks. Staff were helpful and friendly however.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

We come here quite often and always have a lovlely meal, The staff are great and always knowledgeable when we have questions about the menu.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

The meal my wife had last Saturday was absolutely devine. The service was outstanding and great value considering the quality of the food.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

Service was slow, the waitress and waiter did not smile once! The food was dry and I was very disappointed

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Visited On Saturday, 23 September 2017

As always, lovely evening with delicious food. Atmosphere relaxed and friendly. Staff excellent. Thank you

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Visited On Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Always amazing food and service. Great local place

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Visited On Saturday, 23 September 2017

I am a huge fan of the Hearth however the last 2 times I have been the food has been only just warm which is disappointing...

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Visited On Sunday, 24 September 2017

Amazing place everything about was spot on. It wasn't just eating out. It was a dining experience

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Visited On Sunday, 24 September 2017

Although we couldn't fault the food, which was beautiful... our full party felt that the service was haphazard and confusing, our table wasn't set, drinks arrived sporadically, members of our party weren't even asked if they wanted to drink, we had several servers which added to the confusion... however the young lady serving at one of the bars was very efficient and pleasant as was a young lady server (blond hair) and like I said we couldn't fault the food so would consider trying again to see if we caught you on an off day 🤔

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Visited On Saturday, 23 September 2017

Excellent as always

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Visited On Sunday, 17 September 2017

We are a regular diners at the ram and find the food very consistent which is the mark of a great kitchen. If I was to give some constructive criticism I would say the service could be a little quicker. I would recommend the Sunday lunch the beef and lamb is always spot on.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 September 2017

The food was very very nice although I had the sea bream which I thought was a little on the small size for the money they charged. Service was good and the atmosphere was perfect.

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Visited On Monday, 11 September 2017

Fantastic service, very friendly and the food was delicious

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Visited On Sunday, 10 September 2017

The food was not as expected, particularly given how much my party spent. I had blade of beef which was very small. The vegetables consisted of 4 small pieces of broccoli and a shred of cabbage. My daughter, her father and my friend all had the beef dinner, which again was very small. We had to order more gravy etc. They all had cheesecake for dessert which they didn't enjoy. It was a deconstructed cheesecake which was not clear on the menu. I had the artisan cheeses which were dry and again, very small. For the price it cost us, it was all round disappointing.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 September 2017

The chocolate trifle desert was to die for 😍

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Visited On Sunday, 10 September 2017

One of the very best in the area. I'm a regular attendee and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 September 2017

Excellent meal as always!

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Visited On Friday, 08 September 2017

Love this place

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Visited On Thursday, 07 September 2017

Fantastic family meal out, always happy to dine here, they look after me, my friends and my family, whatever the occasion 😄

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Our party of four very much enjoyed their lunch

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