The large fireplace provides the hearth, whilst Ramsbottom provides the ram in this lovely venue in a gorgeous location.
The space itself has a ground level dining area and bar, antique furniture and leather banquettes, perfect in winter by the open log fire, making it feel nice and cosy, whilst there's a vaulted ceiling in the upstairs level which gives a bright airiness to the place. Outside is a beer garden cum dining terrace which can become an indoor extension of the main space via a nifty electronic conopy.
The selection of craft beers and wine is impressive and the menu, a modern take on British cuisine, delights the tastebuds. Steak, pheasant, lamb, seabass, changing vegetarian options, plus a great value Sunday lunch menu at two courses for £20.95 or three for £25.95 make at a favoured local destination come Sunday afternoon. Each course feels carefully considered, beautifully prepared and perfectly cooked.
Plus, the sticky toffee pudding is one of the best, ever.
Worth travelling for if you're not local? Certainly, without a doubt. The service is friendly and staff knowledge of the food is excellent. Portion size is just right - you won't feel hungry and you'll be the right side of stuffed.
There's enough choice within the wines at £25 or under to ensure that your meal remains affordable, but if you want something to match the quality of the food, expect a more hefty bill to pay at the end. Why sell yourself short?
|Venue name:||Hearth of the Ram|
|Opening hours:||Mon - Thu noon - midnight, Fri - Sun noon - 2.30am|