The Rams Head Inn
The Rams Head Inn

The Rams Head Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ramsheaddenshaw.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01457874802
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Rams Head Food Service: Monday: CLOSED (Unless Stated)
    Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00PM - 7:00PM
    Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00PM - 8.30PM *(2.30PM - 5.30PM Lounge Menu Only)*
    Friday: 12:00PM - 9:00PM *(2.30PM - 5.30PM Lounge Menu Only)*
    Saturday: 12:00PM - 10:30PM
    Sunday: 12:00PM - 08:30PM

    The Pantry Opening Times:
    Breakfast: Monday: CLOSED (Unless Stated)
    Bank Holiday Mondays: 11:00AM - 5:30PM
    Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00AM - 8:00PM *(NO FOOD AFTER 5:30PM)*
    Sunday: 11:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, Burgers, French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available
  • Special Events: Themed evenings

    Wine Tastings

    Gourmet evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Saddleworth
  • Public Transit: Bus Stop in bottom of Denshaw Village
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Private car park, helicopter landing pad.
A word from The Rams Head Inn
Located high up on Saddleworth Moor above 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 stove & 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 an excellent 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. The produce is now available through their online shop or you can visit the inviting Cafe
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The Rams Head Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since 2 June 2014
Average Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.7
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (26)special occasions (23)fit for foodies (22)business meals (15)afternoon tea (15)romance (13)outstanding value (8)group bookings (7)brunch (6)child friendly (5)outdoor eating (4)disabled access (4)good vegetarian options (2)Show More
  • Excellent as always
    Supercat
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My friend and I visited the Rams Head for our regular Tuesday evening meet up and took the children along. We enjoyed great service and the food was excellent as usual. The staff were great with the children too and would definitely take them back - probably for Sunday lunch to avoid a late night though. We'll be back soon!
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    afternoon tea, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    dinotgo
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Pie of the day was minced beef and onion. Very fatty and strong tasting meat Desert menu limited due to previous day being busy. I choose treacle and orange tart. Very dry and warmed in microwave resulting in chewy pastry. A charge of £1.50 was added for a scoop of ice cream to accompany the applied pie which was ready priced at £4.95
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  • Disappointed
    Mmmm
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    I felt the whole experience was poor my beef was tuff to say the least I did comment on this at the time and was told the chef was sorry'!!!,, I spoke to the waiter away from the table re our elderly parents who had been ill to request child size portions I did this so as not to embarrass them in front of other diners however this didn't happen it seemed to create more fuss because the waiter couldn't override the computer not good enough.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • enchanting place
    rupertbear
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Weve been coming on and of for many years and the quality is always yhe same which is a good thing
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    afternoon tea, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • SUNDAY LUNCH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    We had visited the Rams Head before and returned to try the Sunday Lunch. We had expected it to be the vibrant country pub we remembered and were disappointed to find it less than half full and devoid of any atmosphere. The starters were reasonable, although there could have been more toast with the pate. However, the beef on the main course had to be sent back as it was tough (the replacement was not much better) and the pork was very dry. The deserts were nice but did not compensate for the main course. Having been so impressed when we had previously visited, we felt that there was little effort being made to keep up the standard and it is unlikely that we will be returning as there are so many good deals to be had elsewhere
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  • Fathers Day Meal
    Daughterstreat
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    We visited the Rams Head last year for Fathers Day and it was fantastic. This year was a little disappointing. The starters were good, myself and my sister had Roast Beef which was tough, the Yorkshire puddings were particularly not nice, very dry. We finished with lemon meringue pie and the lemon part was crumbly, not as nice as normal. I did have to send a cappuccino back as it was like water, but the waitress replaced this no issues and thought it could be the machine. The venue is superb, the staff are very friendly, the ambience is good and I cannot fault this part at all. This has not put me off visiting but I will probably complain to the management next time, I didn't want to upset dad on Fathers Day
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    afternoon tea, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Supercat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I ate at the Rams Head with a friend this week. I had black pudding and bacon salad whilst my friend chose the queenie scallops. We both really enjoyed our starters which arrived quite promptly. We both then had the haddock & prawn Thai green curry. I'd not normally order this unless in a Thai restaurant, however knowing that the quality of ingredients and competency of cookery at the Rams is always excellent I went for it. I was not disappointed as the curry plus the sticky coconut rice was excellent. Service was very good and friendly as always and we finished with a nice pot of tea and chocolate truffles, being too full to consider a dessert! Overall, our experience was great and I would (& do) recommend the Rams to friends/family.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eating
    Marg
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We have eaten here many times and are always welcomed as old friends. What can I say? Great food as always I had the pork pie and peas = delicious - my friend had the haddock and enjoyed that too I hope it won't be too long before we're able to visit again.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • 3rd & last visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    My wife and I found our meals disappointing and the waitieses did not appear cheerful at all. Overall, a bit of a let down, given our positive mood based on ealrier visits. All the more disappointing s the cost of the experience. - you expect more when you pay more.
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  • Great food in a lovely setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Super food, great menu and options beautifully executed. Not just ordinary pub grub, the Rams Head delivers a very enjoyable experience. Only negative on this occasion was a lengthy wait between starters and main course.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    We went to the Rams Head Inn on a Friday evening to celebrate my mother in laws birthday. The menu had plenty of choice and with the added bonus of a specials selection as well you could not go wrong. We all had a different choice from the menu and each dish was well presented and tasted superb, the haddock gratin was especially nice with a sizeable piece of haddock included, it was all really good value for money. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the food selection, the presentation and taste of the food and the constant attention from the staff serving.
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    outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MarieandTod
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    The chef and staff were up the with the very best if not the best,,I can only compare the food to that of the one and only Michael Caines (Michelin Star Quality).I had the pigeon breast with black pudding for starter and it melted in my mouth.We both had steak for main course with the same outcome,,even the apple pie was the best I have tasted.Me and the wife would like to thank all the staff for a meal we will never forget.See you very soon,,yum yum o)
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTING
    jeanniejeannie
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Chicken dumplings starter was chicken deep fried in batter, main course burger was on hard bread bap, drinks (shorts) expensive and waitress unfriendly.
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  • Sunday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Lovely restaurant in beautiful surroundings. Very comfortable inside. Pleasant and helpful staff. Although we only had Sunday lunch the food was lovely with generous portions and the sweets were very nice with a good selection. We will definitely be booking again.
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    romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anon
    Dined on 27/4/2014
    A very disappointing visit. We arrived a little early for our booking and went to the bar for a drink. The bar was full of dozens of dirty glasses. Whilst the food was just about ok i felt it was overpriced for what it was and i know we could have eaten better elsewhere. We didn't stay for desserts or coffee. There are many places that offer this kind of food and i would not recommend the Rams Head and would not go there again. It didn't seem particularly busy and the food did arrive quickly so maybe this was just an 'off day'.
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  • Good pub meal.
    Raych
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    Vast choice in menu. Food is of a good standard and presentation of the meals is very nice. The pub is cosy and welcoming. Only let down was the gravy.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RelaxingPlace To Eat
    rupertbear
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We have eaten here on and off for many years but every time we are never disappointed even there sunday lunch is brilliant and the wine list is excellent.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • Mothers Day disappointment
    Jillyfull
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    My family took me her for Mother's Day. We were very disappointed at the very basic food presented. The prawn cocktail, in particular was shockingly basic. The steaks were cooked to perfection but lacked interesting accompaniments and portion sizes were economical. As far as the fixed price menu goes, quite frankly I have had much more interesting, better presented and generous pub food. I appreciate the restaurant was busy but we had to shout for a waiter every time we wanted anything and they weren't around much. A few more staff would have been helpful. Overall very disappointed. The standards here have always been quite high every other visit but they let themselves down badly on Mother's Day and We won't be rushing back as a result.
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    brunch, afternoon tea
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  • Great meal, but too much hassle
    janvan
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Took mum, hubby and sis for a mother's day Sunday Lunch. Food, as usual was great and pretty good value. However after arriving on time for a 1.30pm booking we felt constantly under pressure to order and at the end of each course there was a gap of app 10 seconds before the plates were cleared and then the next course arrived fairly quickly. We were asked if we wanted coffee at the same time as the desert order was taken and then twice more whilst eating desert, despite having said at the first request that we would decide after the course. This all rather spoiled a beautiful meal and as there were few people around when we left, seemed totally unnecessary.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent meal as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Excellent meal as always. Have been to the Rams Head before and am never disappointed.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • par excellence
    dipyabreadin
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    outstanding meal, all 3 courses were superb especially the steaks all cooked exactly as ordered, mine melted in the mouth and the service given was exemplary. Even though we were the last party in the restaurant at no time did we feel under pressure to leave. Will certainly return.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and cosy
    natasha54
    Dined on 16/2/2014
    Lovely meal, service excellent, location and atmosphere great. Wine a little overpriced is only criticism.
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    470mobile
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been to he Rams head on quite a few occasions. Always met by welcoming staff,good food and thoroughly good ambience. The setting on the moors is excellent too. Price is reasonable in my opinion.
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  • A superb venue
    ploddy
    Dined on 30/12/2013
    Took Mum for lunch over Christmas and she thoroughly enjoyed it. The ambience, with the log fires especially, is lovely and the staff are outstanding. We had great interaction with them and it enhanced the experience. the food is excellent and very good value for money. We chose the set lunch menu - good range of choices. The a la carte looks terrific and we'll use it next time. Lousy weather on the day did not deter us or our fellow guests as the place was full.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Nice location but average food
    Niceplacebur
    Dined on 28/12/2013
    For the price they charge the Rams Head really need to up their game. They offer a good choice and the bread is excellent . However Man cannot live by bread alone. The Salmon Wellington contained Avery small portion of salmon I could not taste any venison in the pork and Venison burger It was also hard to find much fish in the fish cakes. Everyone thought the veg tasted as if it had been hanging around for days!
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  • Always excellent
    2eat
    Dined on 24/12/2013
    Superb meal on Christmas Eve. Everything excellent.
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    business meals, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • FESTIVE MEAL
    ALOL
    Dined on 24/12/2013
    Had a nice 3 course festive meal on Christmas Eve. Booked on line no trouble with options for different times. Meal was very good for the starter and Christmas pudding but the vegetables for the main course needed a tad longer for cooking, especially the brussels sprouts. Beer was very good as usual. Couldn't fault the attention from the staff. Would recommend and there is a farm shop to pick up delicious extras eg eggs, bacon, butter, game, puddings, etc, and reasonably priced too. Will go again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Pre Christmas lunch
    Saddleworthresident
    Dined on 21/12/2013
    Excellent pre Christmas lunch in the bar. Food excellent and service great. Good atmosphere - thoroughly enjoyable and, as the weather was good, views to die for.
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    business meals, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Log fires and no smiles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 14/12/2013
    This is a fantastic country pub on the moors with stunning views. Interesting menu with lots of locally sourced produce. We had a table next to the log fire. The only thing that let down the enjoyment were the glum staff. We were not made to feel welcome and probably won't return which is a shame.
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  • My family has been visiting
    2eat
    Dined on 13/12/2013
    My family has been visiting the Ram's Head since it first opened. They have never failed to provide excellent food and service. It is our restaurant of choice for all special occasions and for every other occasion we can think of! The staff are excellent, attentive and unfailingly polite and friendly.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and quality of fexcellent!
    Supercat
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We visited the Rams Head this week and was very happy with the good and service we received. We both had 3 courses (steak for main) and the bill was just over £25 each including drinks! Excellent value and quality of food. We received a really warm welcome and the service was attentive and friendly. The inn was cosy too with fires lit throughout. Even though it was a Tuesday, there were quite a few diners in and so there was a good atmosphere. We'll be back soon! Thanks!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pub restaurant, festive
    GastroSim
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Great pub restaurant, festive menu and guest ales were all excellent. Great farm shop attached
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The location is a draw, the
    Rixi
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    The location is a draw, the atmosphere is perfect (although I was a little sad that the real fire in the first room had been replaced by a log burner!) and the cosy feel of the Ram's Head makes for an intimate dining experience. The food doesn't disappoint either and there is a vast selection on the menu!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food on a Sunday
    ChrisMc
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Great food and a great time on Sunday. Good value and good service. Enjoyed our time there as always and will go again.
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  • Homely with great food.
    sarahsmum
    Dined on 20/11/2013
    Great value and quality food. Cooked well and nicely presented.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chose this pub as a convenient
    Redhead
    Dined on 13/11/2013
    Chose this pub as a convenient place to meet our friend from Yorkshire. What a wonderful surprise. A warm and friendly atmosphere, roaring fire and welcoming staff. The food was excellent, great choice and beautifully cooked. Will definitely be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have only ever been to
    tuscan10
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    We have only ever been to the Rams Head Inn for an Evening Meal. It offers a good choice of meals to suit all tastes. The restaurant has a cosy ambience. The staff are friendly and attentive and the service good. The food is good and well presented.
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    special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since 2 June 2014
    • Average Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambience4
    • Service4.2
    • Value3.4
  • The following 167 reviews are from the The Rams Head Inn reviews archive.
  • Pub grub at best
    Briggsy
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    Over priced pub grub.....and ive eaten much better pub grub at the right price
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  • A mixed bag
    Supercat
    Dined on 24/9/2013
    My friend and I both opted to eat from the fixed price menu as the chicken liver parfait is excellent. We both really enjoyed it, however the main course was disappointing. We both chose pork and pheasant burger and mine was over cooked, devoid of the cheese it was meant to be stuffed with and the onion rings were burnt. The chips were first rate though and the tomato chutney accompaniment also good. I must say though that the onion rings were replaced with some fresh ones and they were very good. I would recommend the Rams Head still because this is the only disappointing experience I have had there. They continue to source good ingredients and the wine list looks good. It's a shame I'm always driving and can't try any!
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    business meals, romance, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dicdy
    Dined on 13/9/2013
    Only three other couples eating there on a Friday night removed any ambience there might have been from an otherwise well appointed coaching inn. Food overpriced, poorly presented and not sensitively cooked. ( Fish hard and dry; starter platter to share had only one of everything-how do you share one barbecued spare rib?)
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