The Rams Head Inn

4.4
352 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Local Ingredients
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of Operation
THE RAMS HEAD RESTAURANT FOOD SERVICE TIMES:
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED (Unless Stated)
Bank Holiday Monday: 12:00PM - 7:00PM
Wednesday & Thursday : 12:00PM - 2:30PM , 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Friday: 12:00PM - 4PM, 4.30PM - 08:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: ALL DAY 12:00PM - 8:30PM

The Pantry Farm & Coffee Shop Opening Times:
SERVING FRESH COFFEE, ALL DAY BREAKFAST, LIGHT BITES & PANINIS
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED (Unless Stated)
Bank Holiday Monday: 10:00AM - 7PM
Wednesday - Sunday: ALL DAY 10:00AM - 8:30PM
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Phone number
01457 874802
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Available
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Cross Street
Saddleworth
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Parking Details
Private car park, helicopter landing pad.
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Public Transit
Bus Stop in bottom of Denshaw Village
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Special Events & Promotions
Themed evenings

Wine Tastings

Gourmet evenings.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 352 People Are Saying
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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
1 review
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
1 review
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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KB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ate there for our wedding anniverary celebration but chose a salad meal for a healthy option following return from a long indulgent holiday. Both choices were delicious with a good selection of salad vegetables and the protein accompaniments (mine goat's cheese, my wife's smoked mackerel) very generous. However, if ordering, best to ask for the dressing to be served on the side, as while excellent, it was rather over-generously applied.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality food in a fantastic environment located on the edge of Saddleworth moor. As it is of the beaten track those that use it want to be there for the right reasons not just a boozy pub crawl. This makes the atmosphere and ambience second to none.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal with "Old Friends". Definitely worth the journey back across to the "Right side " of the Pennines. Will return.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Rams Head, we went for Fathers Day, everything was fine and the drinks were great, the only thing was that they put courgettes on a Sunday roast, who does that? I could tolerate the green beans but courgettes are a No no. There are definitely better places for a Sunday roast.

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J
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and approachable staff, seated us on time. Good choice on the menu together with daily specials. First class food served on time. Definitely recommended..

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value Sunday lunch menu. Great service from friendly staff. Lovely view from dining room.

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OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had such an enjoyable meal at the Rams Head. The views and the food were incredible. We can’t wait to come back!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Sunday roast, everything was hot and the pork was nice and lean. If I was to be negative some crackling would have been nice!! Deserts were lovely and big portions, all on all a great dinner!!

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NR
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and great food, well presented.
Friendly staff,
Definitely worth the drive and will go there next time I'm in Manchester

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JY
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit, my daughter was visiting from Oxford and wanted to go to a nice country pub. We had a window seat and the view was stunning, very friendly staff and a good service, food was excellant

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SC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will certainly back as we had an excellent meal on Saturday night with visiting friends. A wonderful location and well worth the drive. Bar staff and waitresses were friendly and the food was imaginative, interesting and very tasty. No one around the table was disappointed! We will be making the trip over from Huddersfield again - thank you

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LM
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a very good Sunday roast - I had the delicious rare roast beef and my husband had an equally delicious honey roast ham. We have been before for dinner in the evening, and the food was excellent then as well. Good ingredients and excellent value for money.

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HT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not our first time here...Excellent meal....we had 3 courses and a bottle of wine...very reasonable bill. We have eaten at Eric’s quite a lot...but the meal we had beat Eric’s hands down. Will definitely be returning.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the pub but would not have Sunday lunch next time the beef Wellington looked good
Staff great

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S
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food and service. Will be back again soon when we are in the area :)

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l
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Our food was fantastic and so delichious. We are vegetarians and although there is only one vegetarian dish, it was outstanding,as was the risotto starter.
Kind and friendly staff, however communication was rather slow with no apologies from staff who were very very young , doing their best with limited experience it seemed.
Otherwise a wonderful meal

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

As good as it gets great dining experience Thanks.

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c
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter service was excellent but we waited a long time for our food and when it came the chips were slightly overcooked and food that should have been hot was only warm.
my pie was delicious but similar pies from marks and spencer only take half an hour to heat in the oven whereas we waited for at least an hour for our food.

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