It really is a stunning town and boasts a lot of good places to visit on a day out such as The Chocolate Cafe, steam trains at Ramsbottom Railway Station, a bustling monthly farmers' market and Hearth of the Ram which happens to be our favourite restaurant.
It has gotten to the point now where every weekend I turn to Hannah and suggest we head for Sunday lunch there and today was no different. Ramsbottom was holding its annual 'Wartime Weekend' but this played only a supporting role to our food.
On Sundays, the Hearth do a special menu with 2 courses for £20.95 or 3 courses for £25.95. Hannah and I chose to share two starters from the 'Nibbles' section, which are smaller options but are just a little bit special.
We always have to try the 'Hearth of the Ram Scotch Eggs'. If you end up eating here then please make sure to order them because you won't be disappointed. They are creatively presented in a little egg box with a crispy outside, a succulent meaty inside and a runny quail's egg surprise in the middle.
We also decided to try something new so plumped for 'Lancashire Rarebit with Sourdough Soldiers'. I adore melted cheese but until today I had never ordered a rarebit - I was missing out if they taste anything like this one. The dish comes with homemade crispy bread soldiers and a side of melted cheese which makes for fun eating. Perfect if you just want a light bite and a pint or as a small starter if you can't manage three courses.
For main, I ordered the 'Roast Rib of Beef' which comes with a gigantic Yorkshire Pudding, gorgeous vegetables, and crispy and light roast potatoes cooked just the way I like them. There is also some horseradish sauce to compliment the beef with a velvety smooth veal gravy. The dish also comes with a cauliflower gratin side.
Hannah almost chose the beef too but opted for the 'Roast Leg of Lamb' at the last second. It was a great choice with succulent lamb, a mixture of crunchy and puréed vegetables, creamy mash and a mint and redcurrant jus. She was more than satisfied, for a second I thought she'd eaten the pattern off the plate.
We left just enough room for dessert... well why not?
I went for the old faithful, chocolate fondant served with banana and peanut brittle and banana ice cream which was light but a satisfying end to a delicious meal.
My other half had strawberries and cream with a lime cake (posh trifle) and found it both a fresh and beautiful summer dessert.
We were well and truly stuffed.
Having visited the Hearth of the Ram on numerous occasions, I am yet to find a dish I don't love and they were deservingly awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand award in 2014. Euan and his team always make us feel welcome and can't do enough to make your visit special.
A roast on a Sunday is the law in our family and this is one we always come back for.
Can't wait to see what next Sunday has in store...