The Rams Head Inn

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370 reviews
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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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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had the 3 course Sunday Lunch at a fixed price. We had 3 courses for £20.95. The food was absolutely beautiful, piping hot, good choices and large portions. Worth every penny!!

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C
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Been there on lots of different occasions over the last 15 years it's normally ok.But this time we got served by a dark haired youg waitress she was rude had no customer service skills gave us one 🍰 menu then grunted the word yep what do you want to my wife.The three course meal was ok but not to its usual standard it was a Sunday afternoon so it was not that busy they rely on passing trade so after the vile unprofessional behaviour of the young waitress we won't be going back anytime soon we have been loyal customers and that counts for absolutely zero

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PB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I have eaten here several times however on Wednesday lunch time we were told 2 of the main courses were unavailable 20 mins later 2 starters unavailable which tells me what they did have wasn’t fresh ( they were closed 2 days previous) the waitress to a long time to take our order the what I think is head waiter bloke banged into my chair got our drink totally wrong and when we told him we were not happy with the food no apology overall bad food even worse front of house

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice meal in a lovely venue. Pity no brisket available!

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MB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always- great food, reasonably priced and friendly, helpful service

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in lovely place! Great table with view overlooking snowy moors!

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AB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful scenery, lovely and welcoming owners and staff

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KH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, wine was lovely, very good would highly recommend

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KH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in a beautiful setting and the staff and brilliant. Will go back

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PB
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Poor selection of beer and beer glasses.
Game pie - pastry over cooked may have been cooked twice and little meat, poor flavour.
Staff could not give a detailed description of food content ie vegetarian option and which cheese was used for the stuffed cheese cake.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and run by people who care. Log fires, Sunday roasts, extensive menu and a lovely shop to buy treats from. Ladies should visit the loo just to admire the wallpaper! Our favourite place to meet friends and catch up.

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AL
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always very good and ambience lovely. Sometimes the service is that good you can feel a little rushed.

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E
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Lovely venue - slight problem with the fog - able to converse easily at the table - was disappointed with my dish - fish pie - All other meals were acceptable except one who found the beef a bit tough. The staff were brilliant - excellent service -
Wasn’t too happy re lack of 175ml glass of wine availability -

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food well served. Good beer. Lovely Inn.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Having been to the Rams Head multiple times I was really excited to take some friends to try it out too. As we arrived I told the host we had booked for 6 people but 2 were babies so would need high chairs, I understand that, that was not what he was expecting but it shouldn’t have been a huge issue for a place that has a children’s menu- we were made to feel very awkward and spent the rest of the evening feeling like a huge inconvenience even though we were 1 of only 2 tables so it wasn’t like the place was busy. There was a lady who came through who was lovely and warm and said “oooh do you need a spoon for the babies? You should have just asked!” But we hadn’t as the male running it had made us feel that bad. That was the only time we saw her though.

The food was lovely, that is why I haven’t given an extremely low rating; everything was cooked well and very tasty. However there was only one vegetarian option for my friend who cannot eat anything with chive in so asked for the sauce to be left off, but it had still been poured all over when it arrived. Again we felt that awkward that we didn’t say anything.

With the price of the food being what it is, I would have expected much better when you think about the fact we had been made to feel awful and one of us given something they couldn’t eat!

Safe to say I was really embarrassed I had recommended and won’t be going with our baby again anytime soon.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve lunch treat with friends, excellent service and food as usual. Marked as four star and not five due to a small issue with a starter that I have dealt with directly, other than that, the Rams Head never fails to provide a pleasant setting to eat distinctly above average food. Well worth a visit.

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SD
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm Inn out open the wet ans misty moors. Food and wine selection is great, the Chateaubriand was fabulous and very reasonably priced; that doesn't mean I'd like you to put it up :) .

A special intimate place where you can talk and eat great food.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food fantastic, staff very friendly and always welcoming.

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ES
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely meal, great food. But i do feel their butter policy was a little tight, 1 slab of butter per 2 people. It felt as though there was a butter shortage? Or it was costing them a fortune to provide any more than that.

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KS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food cosy restaurant and amazing views. Good service and a nice choice and the deli shop is good to

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SW
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for lunch with friends. Great food and good service. Lovely and warm with the lot fires going. Will go again for sure.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time that we have had Sunday lunch at The Rams Head. The weather was awful with very low cloud over the Moors of Denshaw when we came across the inn. Parking was easy and as soon as we walked in we felt the warmth of the place with a log burner crackling away in the imposing fireplace and very friendly staff taking care of us. Once settled the service was impressive with a mix of older experienced staff who took charge of two younger and enthusiastic team members. A great selection of beers and lagers together with a solid and inexpensive wine list.
A quirky start to lunch saw them bring out a tray of mini onion loaves, home made of course. They were delicious! The lunch menu was impressive and we settled for traditional Roast Beef and exceptionally crisp roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables. This was served with delicious gravy and a giant and I mean giant Yorkshire Pudding, so light.
The meal was finished with a freshly made crumble of apples and blackberries.
Homely and attentive whilst being spotlessly clean. After lunch you can indulge in a very cleverley stocked deli that is in the next room. (The gents are also worth a look)!

Excellent value for money, The Ram's Head Denshaw is a great place and one we shall return to, sooner rather later!

jmc

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JF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, excellent staff and service. We went for a 70th Birthday celebration and the staff really spoiled us. Will definitely be back 😊

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An overall good dining experience with friends

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RP
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outlook, easy access from M62, friendly welcome, excellent service, great food. What more could you want!

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s
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice to go for a special occasion, beautiful views over Saddleworth and the Moors.
Would recommend

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KP
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, excellent service, friendly staff. Small but good selection of local produce and confectionery from the farm shop. Will definitely return & would recommend to everyone.

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BR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was a pretty last minute booking for 4 of us - in transit to another gathering - and what a great way to spend a couple of hours. The menu was reasonably varied though only one main option for our veggie member.
The game dishes which we selected were very good quality and well presented. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Service was polite and friendly , though staff trying to light the table candle during dessert was a miss....

It is certainly worth the journey for the food alone , and as it was on the way.... it will be a regular stop off in future.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely Sunday Lunch at the Ram's Head on Saddleworth Moor. Great views, really nice food and a nice quiet atmosphere.

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C
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going for the last 16 years each time gets better than the last. Beautiful Sunday roast a 5* meal at 20 quid for three courses well worth the 20 mile drive from Urmston ,attention to detail brilliant the waiter/barman always welcoming. Try it you won't be disappointed with the food

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AB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, food & venue. Worth the drive and worth another visit.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Based on their own promo material 'gastro pub, was looking forward to eating there for the 1st time. Sadly the food with the exception of the smaller meals didn't live up to anticipation. Roast dinner. York pudding burned on base. Desert stocky toffee pudding not cooked correctly on either case. Crumble just me. Biggest disappointment hot chocolate drink allegedly made with ,"melted choc" and milk was clearly, due to granulated powder in bottom made from hot chocolate mix. I would pass this place and visit the oldest black ladd instead. The prices are also heavy for the indifferent quality.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We use The Ram's Head often. Always cracking service and grub.

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NB
Bedfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food in an atmospheric location, good service and warm welcome

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RW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food ok service slow although not busy,given bread then not told it was an extra cost

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JH
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming warm friendly service food was amazing definitely worth a trip out to

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B
Manchester
18 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely location with wonderful views. Very easy to find off the M62. The staff are excellent. This was our second visit after being very impressed first time. Some food not as good this time, but that was probably because the main course was waiting to be served while we took longer over our first courses. And we stupidly did not raise the matter with staff when they checked because we had been embarrassed by a complainer at our first visit. I am sure that they would have put it right. Our fault entirely.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service is excellent always made to feel welcome . Food is fresh . Delicious for Sunday lunch x

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g
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Main meal was excellent, we had eggs benedict for starter should have asked for egg to be well cooked very watery. Would certainly go again. too full for dessert.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spot on as always. Great staff, great service. Thanks

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