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The Hearth of the Ram


Extraordinary pub food reinventing classic local flavours. Enjoy confident cooking in a historic, 200 year old pub on the cusp of the countryside. Marketing is a little like the Drunken Duck; comfort and service are pushed to the fore while fine, French techniques meet local flavours on a seductive menu. Start locally with sticky pork belly from Bowland and apple gratin or a parfait of Goosnargh duck liver served with a zesty marmalade gel. Mains suit an occasion, particularly the likes of the barramundi, served with a tempura oyster or trio of lamb with sherry jus. Hybrids such as grilled monkfish and aloo gobi work while dessert could include a spicy pineapple carpaccio, mint pomegranate and mango sorbet or a panna cotta with Irn Bru. Well, the owners are Scottish afterall: Euan and Dena Watkins, with more than 20 years’ experience in the trade. The wine list is small but spot on, and whisky stands out.

13 Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0AA, UK
Tel: 01706 828681 Our review Read 16/20