The Rams Head Inn

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Gastro Pub

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Located high up on Saddleworth Moor above Manchester, Rochdale and Oldham, the Rams Head Inn at Denshaw enjoys panoramic views out over the surrounding countryside. It’s just five minutes from Jn 22 of the M62 and the inn is a real treasure, more than 450 years old and packed with memorabilia as well as stoves & log fires in every room. This multi-award-winning venue was one of the original gastropubs and specializes in farm-assured steaks, burgers, seasonal game and fresh fish and seafood dishes complemented with excellent real Ales, wine and champagne list. The Pantry @ The Rams Head offers a range of deli products for sale including farm-fresh meat, game and seafood plus bread, cakes and pork pies baked daily on the premises. Plus the inviting Coffee Shop is open for All Day Breakfast, Fresh Ground Coffee, Light Bites & Paninis
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J
Wales
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Lovely location and building. Service can be brusque. Shame the first thing you are told is that bread rolls are £1! It would be better not to offer, really embarrassing for the staff. Fish pie was very sloppy and unpleasant.

DH
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall food & service good however the vegetables on two of our meals were cold & undercooked, the time between courses was very short and the whole meal felt rushed, the whole meal for four people two courses was under an hour - we would have had sweets but felt we had to leave the table

On a plus side the staff were friendly and the pub has a lovely atmosphere, this was our second visit, question mark over a third

R
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We were seated without an issue. The Rams Head is a lovely, old building. The service was quick and the food was very good. We will return.

t
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Sunday lunch we've had in ages.
Outstanding.
Will definitely be going back for more.

MH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Beef was very chewy on the roast dinner.
Black pudding scotch egg not very pleasant

HO
Denmark
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great value and fantastic food. Were made to feel very welcome. Wood stoves, good views. Perfect place just off the m62 to meet for our family meal.

SS
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very welcoming. The staff were very friendly and chatty. We were escorted to our table on time, the service was first class and the food was outstanding.

SH
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food was second to none the service great staff friendly all in an excellent night

MS
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent value for money.

The food was outstanding, having had a main course, dessert and coffee at lunchtime we didn’t need any more food that day.

Would really recommend this restaurant/pub/farm shop/coffee shop.

g
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, service and ambience . Best Sunday lunch in the area

MC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was great. The staff were friendly, the log burner was on and toastie warm and more importantly the food was first class as well as the beer (Timothy Taylor's Landlord). We would certainly recommend this pub and we will definitely be back.

DE
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, excellent service. A little costly but for a special occasion it was worth it. Will definitely go again and will highly recommend it. One of the nicest steaks I have had locally for quite a while.

EA
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, fresh home cooked food in a cosy and atmospheric pub/restaurant surrounded by most amazing views.

CL
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I was expecting really good things having read other diners reviews, but actually came away feeling a little disappointed.

Friendly, but predominantly very young and inexperienced staff, it felt as if they were reading from a ‘how to serve a customer script’, which they didn’t deviate from or inject much personality into their ‘very brief and slightly timid’ customer interaction. Having worked in the food industry, personality goes a long way and makes sales !
Having waited a while for our order to be taken and giving the waitress my request for my starter (Thai crab cakes), I was then told “sorry, we’ve run out” - *for staff development, perhaps it might be a good idea to go through the menu when seating the customer and explaining your specials, what the soup/pie of the day is, what you do/don’t have etc. at the very start?
So, onto the food.....

Starters: Cream of Vegetable Soup (hard to ruin) & Pigeon Breast on Mash (!?) which was actually very good - both very tasty.
Mains: 2 x Roast Beef Sunday Lunches - hmm, well the Yorkshire’s were lovely, but the beef wasn't that nice (quite chewy & stringy - we ended up taking it home for our dog) and the vegetables seemed overcooked (broccoli/red cabbage/carrots & swede cubes), roast potatoes were a little ’dry’ and small boat of gravy that was probably enough for one person - I’ve eaten much better !!
Dessert: 2 x Apple Pie & Custard - Custard was nice, the pie was ok, although I’m not sure if heated up in the microwave, as it was warm in parts and not others !!? Again, I’ve eaten better.
Overall, it was ok but don’t feel the food would have been worth the full prices (glad we had the sunday set menu, which made it slightly cheaper so less disappointing).
I can’t take away from the lovely scenery and what is overall a nice pub, but we felt the food didn’t really wasn’t that amazing.
Again, it’s always down to personal choice but I don’t think we’ll be in a rush to re-visit any time soon..

K
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recommended and did not fail to impress would definitely visit again

O
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We were recommended this by a local when we asked for a special place for a special anniversary. Gastro pub they said and it is definitely a step up from pie and peas. Our initial welcome was a bit business like(maybe due to the stress of an accident on the M62 causing bookings to arrive late). The room was warm and welcoming unless you are anti hunting. I had an excellent pigeon starter on a base of bubble and squeak(vegetables still with texture) and game jus. For main my oh chose gammon roast which was fairly standard pub fare he felt. Mine was a tasty vegetarian Wellington . We were going with the Sunday menu of two courses for £17ish. My oh had lemon meringue which was fine(NB no chocolate in the pudding selection).
Things were whisked off our table the minute that we had finished them.
There was an excellent server called Amy who never forgot our requests.
In summary probably not sufficiently special for our occasion . However it is just that step up from standard pub fare and we might come again if we were in the area.

R
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely food. Nice background music. Lovely views. tables were comfortable & quite spaced out

PG
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

What a dull and desperate place this is! The meal was absolutely awful. I asked about one main and they said they had been serving it for 30 years. I should have known then I was going to literally get a dish served straight from the 70's and which had no taste and was awful. My husbands and daughters meal too was a flourless and were like something out of a Fanny Craddock experiment. All this after waiting over 45 minutes for it. Sat at a table with a speaker over it, playing classic rock again straight out of the 80's which the waiter made loud dull references to each track as it played, as if once he had been on percussion on it. Please if you have been on a day out like ourselves and you see an inn on the desolate moors and want some warm, good food and amazing ambiance. Keep on driving !!!!

JC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, good ambiance and nice food but quite expensive.

IP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice food in a relaxed atmosphere.

A clear approach to allergens which was appreciated as our daughter has a nut and sesame allergy.

E
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Been driving past the ‘Famous’ Ram’s Head on the way to work and came out of my way to have Sunday roast dinner with my young daughter. Our table wasn’t set on arrival and our waitress was obviously new (which is fine and I understand she needs to learn) she took our order but was prompted by the kitchen to come back out on several occasions to ask how I wanted my beef and if we wanted extra bread which was not complimentary?! I only knew this as I had spotted it on the menu, not because I was forewarned. I imagine people have taken it thinking it was complimentary and been charged for it?!

Starter was delicious - my daughter didn’t have one. Then Sunday roast was served and piled high with so much veg that when I removed it from my daughters plate it looked pitiful. However, she wasn’t able to finish it as for a child it was too much meat - she had the roast ham. I had the roast beef and it was very gristly and parts were inedible. I did tell the waitress but to no avail. My daughter wanted chocolate sponge and custard for dessert and when it came it looked disgusting, the sauce was congealed and the cream tasted bitter. At this point we had been moved in to another as a lady in had taken ill and was sick on the floor, nobody’s fault but it did add to the disappointment of what was meant to be a lovely treat and then, to top it all off - they charged £14.95 for my daughters roast dinner and £5.95 for her dessert?? I asked them to correct this and I was told I didn’t stipulate it was for a child?? Erm.....I thought that was evident seeing as though she is a 10 year old child?? Plus, £5.95 for dessert? Top class restaurants don’t charge that much for a dessert never mind a very low quality one for a child. They reduced the price of her dinner, however I had to pay full price for dessert that she couldn’t eat! Very disappointed and won’t ever return.

TT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great views. Good service- a the staff were very friendly. Delicious food. Will definitely visit again

RC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had gorgeous starters, vegetable soup, chicken dumplings and best of all the pate. We all opted for the Sunday roast, one beef, one lamb and one ham. The beef and lamb were excellent but the ham would have made a nice sandwich. It was only let down by the lack of information about the vegetable options which meant two portions of boiled cabbage and courgette were uneaten, also the Yorkshire puddings were a little overcooked, although they were fresh and handmade.

AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious steaks , £29 for2 on a Thursday. Really enjoyed our food, steak was tender and nicely cooked and the red wine sauce accompaniment was perfectly balanced and had a tasty rich flavour. My steak arrived a little undercooked for medium but it was quickly fixed and I got a fresh plate and fresh sauce with it. Very pleasant evening, we will be back for pie night very soon.

W
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very poor and unwelcoming service Beef was full of fat. They gave us some onion bread prior to serving soup and added £4.00 to the bill for it. Would not go again

SM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Booked through open table which was quick and easy to navigate. Seated straight away and quick to take orders.
We opted for the set Sunday lunch which was plentiful and hot.
The waitress came round with mini loaves(which we thought were included in the price.) Be aware - although cute cost £1 each.
Bar prices are also reasonable
Would recommend and will return in the future.

NI
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food, good atmosphere, with a wide range of beer and wine. Will definately go back.

AH
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Had the sunday dinner and it was superb. We will be back

MP
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

poor quality main course,a£2.50 reheated pie with almost no filling.Tiny portion of chips,and little choice of veg. Starter a slice of Tesco value pate. Wife asked for a 10 oz sirloin and was served a stringy 8 oz ribeye,most of which she left.
Calls itself an Inn with only one ale on tap
Poor value.Wont be going there again

JB
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday Lunch at the Rams Head for my sister's Birthday on Sunday 19th May. Have been here many times for both special occasions and for an evening meal out and the restaurant and staff never disappoint. Excellent food and attentive service with excellent food every time. Highly recommended.

SH
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here quite a few times and the food and service is always excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak was cooked to perfection. Meal overall was excellent, definitely on my list for a return visit.

s
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The menu is very limited - only one vegetarian starter and main course, nothing vegan. Very much traditional pub food and not very exciting. We were seated in a soul-less room which seemed to be the main thoroughfare to the kitchen so felt like a corridor. The music was very odd and did nothing to add to the atmosphere. Service fine generally but very slow. We gave up on desserts as we had been waiting too long for our table to be cleared. If you're looking for basic and filling then this place is fine but certainly not interesting or special.

B
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

After hearing great things about the Rams Head our experience was a little disappointing. The food was average, house white wine lovely though. Yorkshire pud rather dark, lamb unartistically piled on, veg very nice but not the best, gravy unappetising looking . Service was friendly, helpful and accommodating. No ambiance to speak of as the place was deserted at 6pm on admittedly a beautiful Easter Sunday. Literally only us. The mystery is why it was deserted as when you book, you don't know the weather will be beautiful, and as you have to enter your credit card at booking on Open Table and are told that cancelling within 48 hours of your slot will incur £10 a head charge, does that mean no-one books? And if so, why the cancellation charge If you do?

CB
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attended for Sunday lunch at this lovely traditional inn style restaurant with shop - wonderful food and good value for money. I will definitely be returning to try the al la carte menu one evening.

JK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the service good. Always enjoy having a meal there, will call again.

JC
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

Myself and 5 others dined at the beautiful restaurant for a friend birthday and we very much looking forward to the experience. I ordered surf and turf and the steak very well done to be challenged by the server that it will come out really small, which I understood. he seemed to criticize the way I wanted to eat my steak, my friend wanted hers blue and he immediately commented on that's the way it should be eaten, I felt as if I had to change my preference. the steak (sirloin) came out it was very fatty and not a quality steak as expected for the price, i was flabbergasted to see id paid a £.75 for TWO PRAWNS !! and the chips were burned. the child's goujons were to hard for her to eat as they were over cooked, her mum had to take out the contents of the goujon to give to her as she is 18 months old and couldn't eat the batter it was too hard. My friends steak was luke warm. The server saw I hadn't eaten my dinner and asked if it was ok, I told him nope I didn't enjoy it as the steak was very poor quality with loads of fat and he didn't even apologies or order any alternative, we didn't want to argue, as we felt this maybe the case if we had complained, we just left and vowed never to go back, the whole experience was awful, such a shame for the beautiful pub and location. The cost of the meals was £131 so not cheap

HA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely food and exceptional service always makes this an excellent night out. On top of this there are the wonderful views of the countryside and the pantry where you can buy fresh local produce. I will gladly recommend that it to everyone.

KS
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very enjoyable dinner with the family, the staff were fantastic we all all left very happy customers.

M
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Excellent value for money!!