The Rams Head Inn

4.4
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445 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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
What 445 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.3
Ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlisonF
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my mum for Sunday lunch and the whole experience was superb. The safe systems in place are fantastic and made us feel at ease and safe. The menu is amazing and the service is outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly and attentive staff. I would highly recommend the Ram’s Head for any occasion and will definitely be back. Great place.

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Ateam
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious lobster Thermidor was to die for

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StephenR
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Social distancing nicely done. Felt perfectly safe. Food was great. Pork and black pudding starter followed by a full lobster with some fries. Wife enjoyed tempura prawns and half a lobster. Too full for pudding. Pint of Landlord and a glass of wine.

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willy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Another superb dining experience with very high quality service throughout.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. They’ve really set up well for social distancing

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Ricardo
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly, efficient and timely service with well thought through COVID-19 precautions.
Good food and as usual, a great well kept Timothy Taylor's Landlord bitter.

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Morgant
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Fantastic food and service couldn’t fault the efforts of the staff in trying to abide by the social distancing and other measures which have been put in place hopefully once the pandemic is over and restrictions lifted the place will get to it’s bustling form glory

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Kimh
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

When we first Arrived at the tans head we were told to carry on walking though and someone would show us to our table. As I arrived at the bar I stopped due to there already being two people at the bar. Then I can only describe it as being told off because I was stood near the bar and only two people at a time were allowed there. I was no where near the counter and I told him we had a table booked and at which point I was then allowed through. I felt so humiliated being told off like that. The beef roast dinner was disgusting. My beef was pink and the whole thing tasted like hot water. I had one piece of very very hard broccoli and a lot of sweet corn and carrots. Why would they decide to put that on a roast dinner! The Yorkshire pudding tasted like it had been made the night before it was horrible I won’t be going back and it’s not value for money at all. They don’t do kids drinks but have a children’s menu which is odd. £2.50 for a glass of Diet Coke and £3.00 for a bottle of apple juice because we wouldn’t buy our child anything else. I won’t be recommending thing to anyone

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Reall good service and food . Menu limited at the moment due to COVID 19 however the quality was outstanding as usual . Worth a visit for a lovely meal

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TonyWarry
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service very good we were a little early in the day so it was quiet but great views from our table.

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DawnM
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff on the ball. Excellent food and beer. Spot on. Not cheap but when I go out for a treat I prefer to pay for quality

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ANGELAB
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely typical country pub. Roaring fire & Sunday lunch, what more could you ask!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Poor service waited an hour between courses and was told eventually told the fish pie took 45 minutes to cook
As a birthday experience it was poor probably won’t return

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CarolT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Views from the restaurant are magnificent. Had the fish pie and it wasn’t short of fish. Lots of lovely big prawns and tasty cheese topping. Great for midweek lunch. Had a browse around the shop and picked up some wine to take home.

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CatherineA
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience2

Food was not nice roast potatoes dry couldn’t eat, Yorkshire puddings dry unable to eat, roast pork disappointing and bread and butter pudding horrendous dry

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AndrewJ
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening with my partner. Gorgeous food and a good wine list. The staff were spot on. Will be there again very soon

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GlenDevon
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We went on a very windy and wet winter evening. Most sensible people hadn't ventured out so it was very quiet. Nearly private dining so perhaps a little too quiet. Nevertheless with lovely log fires burning it has wonderful character. The food was delicious and the service was friendly. Will definately be returning but not on such a stormy night!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about it was great! Great service, great food and great setting

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MichelleR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed a week day supper at The Rams Head. The service was friendly and the food was good quality and well cooked. We will certainly be back soon for more of the same!

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SteveB470
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spot on as usual. John is a good host and very chatty. Great spot in the Summer for the Location.

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visit for my wife & I.Superb views & scenery.Lovely old fashioned country pub & even better food & service.Already planning our return.P.S georgous roaring log fires

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NeilW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food well cooked and presented, friendly staff and good choice on the menu. I did however think the general prices were too high by a considerable margin.

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MattH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb meal by the fire. Super friendly staff. Delicious gastro food and tasty non-alcoholic beer on tap. Helped with the driving. Would recommend 100%

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HelenW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect service, perfect meal. One of my favourite places.

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MichelleR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate at the Rams Head on a cold December evening and were met with a really warm welcome.

The food was really nicely cooked, tender meat and good veg accompaniments. Proper chips just had to be ordered and were crispy on the outside and fluffy in. Perfect meal and was lovely sat by the wood burner too. Really good service and an enjoyable evening was had by us both.

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Jannie
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
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.

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DH04
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
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

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Raynaldo
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.

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trevorp
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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LianaL
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was beautifully presented - all fresh produce - very friendly staff - very attentative - looked after us - real ales - such a nice welcoming atmosphere- would highly recommend

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MartinH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

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

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HeatherO
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.

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StephenS
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.

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SheilaH
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

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MichaelS
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.

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gedp
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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

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MoyaC
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.

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DEBORAHH
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.

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EAtki
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.

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CLP75
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..

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