This pub and restaurant, nestling in Ramsbottom, has scooped up awards and accolades since opening in April 2012, deservedly so, as the food and setting is fabulous. Owned by a couple with two young children themselves, Euan and Dena greet you with open arms as you request their kids’ menu and a highchair. We visited in winter with grandparents and were delighted to be seated on a large table next to a roaring fire.
Ollie (with his adult-sized appetite) and Grandpa both wanted starters, but the rest of us opted to go straight to main courses to ensure we had room for dessert. Our mouths were watering though, as Ollie cut into his scotch egg, served imaginatively in an egg box and Grandpa munched through a bowl of whitebait. My main was worth waiting for: seared Goosnargh Duck with an orange and ginger sauce, potato fondant, buttered kale and carrots. The others all had their hearts set on roast beef, including my seven-year-old who was provided with a smaller, still good-sized portion. For dessert, my children saw only the trio of chocolate, complete with a fondant! Granny chose a cool tangy trio of lemon, while I plumped for traditional treacle tart served with Earl Grey ice cream and lemon sorbet. All well received.
In the warmer months bi-folding doors onto the terrace provide the opportunity to dine alfresco, making this a year round choice. With the East Lancs Railway across the road, great shops to potter round, and pleasant walks nearby, you can make a day of it.
As this is a popular restaurant we recommend booking ahead.Food: Daily 12pm till late Hearth of the Ram, Restaurant and Bar, 13 Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0AA Tel: 01706 828681 thehearthoftheram.com