Rams Head Tavern
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
2.88/5 rDev -26.9%
Rams Head Tavern operates in conjunction with Fordham Brewing Company. I sat at an outside table since I had my dog with me. The dining room inside seems large and there is a patio dining area in the rear as well.
We started out with a sampler, which had little glasses of 7 Fordham brews, including their seasonal Oktoberfest. Their lagers were bland, macro-style brews. The copperhead ale is a sad interpretation of a German Altbier (ala Diebels) but is a decent ale. The Genius stout and Oyster stout were very good. Oktoberfest was decent but would not be my choice for an Oktoberfest.
The server was rude. Service was extremely slow - nearly 15 minutes after being seated we were asked if we would like menus. When the beer sampler came, it had this nifty little idea of a 'placemat' which lays out all the beers and tells you about them - their abv, hops, grains, flavors, style, etc. Problem is, there was barbecue sauce smeared all over the thing. Our server said, "Oh, thats no problem, you don't touch it".
Our experience got better from there, the food was pretty good, and service seemed to pick up after we were finally served.
Perhaps I had a bad experience, but this is a place I will not be visiting again. I would be tempted to go back if they had a bunch of great brews, but they don't.
11-19-2005 01:41:19 | More by jmc44
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
My family and I stopped by the Rams Head Tavern for lunch today, choosing to sit on the patio.
Atmosphere: We've eaten at the Rams Head several times, mostly while going to see a show. The atmosphere is equal parts English pub, sit down restaurant and German biergarten (to coincide with different areas of the restaurant).
Quality: The place was busy but our server showed up quickly and took orders promptly (apparently after that step all shit breaks loose, see below).
Service: We beat a rush into the restaurant but the appetizer still took 30-40 minutes. A brief apology and a free round of beers placated us. Another 30-40 minutes passed before the meal arrived, clearly someone in the kitchen or the server royally screwed up. I sent my back, as there was no rational explanation for the delay (and all tables around us with parties of 4 or more that were after us had received their meals).
As a caveat, this was the first instance of bad service that we've encountered there, but it was SO egregious.
Selection: They offer Fordham Brewing Co. ales and lagers on draught and have an extensive bottle listing. Support your local brewery and drink the Fordham ales, you won't be disappointed.
Food: The wings were good, outside of that not much else arrived. In the past we've gone for dinner and the filet was excellent.
04-15-2006 23:38:31 | More by akorsak
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
While in the area, i was excited to give this place a try. It is pretty big. They have a pub area, dining area, patio and even a downstairs pub. Next door to the restaurant is a spot they host concerts (pretty big names play there as well) and they even have a store for Fordham Brewing gear.
They serve all of the Fordham beers plus several unexciting guest beers, mostly macros like Guiness, Hoegarten, etc. I didn't see the bottled selection, but I believe they have a large selection of these.
Started with a sampler. Everything was good. A lite lager...the copper ale and tavern ale were quite similiar (both amber and a bit hoppy)...the oak barrel stout was the real gem. It had a hint of vanilla and bourbon, but was incredibly smooth to drink. Their summer seasonal was a pleasant tasting and refreshing hefe.
A great location, a block off main street. A decent menu. My club sandwich was good.
My only real complaint was the staff. As we sat in the bar area, a bartender initially brought us our sampler. He plunked the glasses down and raced from the table.
Our waitress started off okay, but she took forever to bring over our beers (we could see them sitting on the bar just waiting to be picked up while she was standing around). She forgot a side we ordered. When I asked for a hefe, she had no idea until I called it by its nickname, the "summer" something or other. When I was trying to buy a pint glass at the store, the kid at the desk sent me up to the crowded bar to buy one because he was out (instead of going and getting more himself). It was a young staff. Nothing awful, just a few little things added together.
Overall, regardless of little staff issues, really good beers. A cool location. You can eat out front as well. A must stop for beer loves in Annapolis.
04-22-2008 20:45:18 | More by Nutleybeer
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Ram's Head is located on West street in downtown Annapolis. Because of its prime location, it is almost always crowded; with locals, tourists, sailors, and mids.
The beer selection is not bad, used to be a lot better, but they have scaled back. They offer a "World Beer Club" where you can earn yourslef a cool oooking pewter mug and a t-shirt for trying 100 beers from around the world.
The best feature of Ram's Head has got to be the outdoor beer garden. On those nice spring or summer afternoons in MAryland, grab a seat outback and spend a few hours. Well worth it.
01-02-2007 21:15:42 | More by beveritt
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
Met a friend here who I hadn't seen in about 18 years or something. It was a great meeting spot, in terms of vibe and atmosphere, and the waiter was happy to let us sit and reacquaint for about 15 minutes before we even opened our menus.
I ordered the Tavern Ale, which is a good, solid, bright American Pale Ale. Enjoyed it. My only real complaint with the waiter is that he didn't even seem to know their own beer menu. He took the menus from us as soon as we were done ordering, so when I went to order my second beer, I told him I wanted the Rams Head beer that was described as an "altbier" on the menu. He didn't seem to know what an "altbier" was and seemed to not know they had brewed one. So then he came back to the table with a bottle of Ayinger which was an alt. Cool, it was very good, but not what I ordered. I didn't complain and enjoyed it. And here's where I realized they have a handful of other beers to offer, but you do NOT see that anywhere on the menu. It's only if you were sitting at the bar that you'd know this. So...I guess I was a little disappointed that the waiter didn't really 1) know the brewpub's own offerings and 2) didn't make us aware of the variety of beers that were on offer.
The food was good, although far from spectacular. Tried three different items, and they skirted dangerously close to the bland side, although there was nothing egregiously wrong either. Have definitely had way better pub/brewpub food elsewhere. That bar is set pretty high by now, I think.
Atmosphere is fine, it's quite big and I guess I didn't totally note all the details since I was focused on my old friend and our conversation. I will note that the neighborhood it's in is excellent, has that old-world/colonial New England vibe, complete with old red brick buildings and a beautiful church at the end of the street...you could just picture Benjamin Franklin walking around.
Would go again if I was in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way to make it there if I wasn't.
02-21-2011 15:35:50 | More by Metalmonk
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Between the beer & the concert venue, a great place to eat & drink in Annapolis. They changed the menu & have moved away from a "restaurant" menu to more of a "pub" menu - no more crabby mac & cheese, steaks & ribs. They did add, with the burgers, your choice of beef, turkey or veggie burger or chicken filet.
The beer choice is excellent & you can join the beer around the world club. After finishing 100 brews, you get a t-shirt, mug & your name listed in the tavern.
Concert venue is small & intimate but brings in the great acts such as Kenny Wayne Shepard, Willie Nile & Galic Storm
03-28-2012 22:35:49 | More by monique
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
I stopped into the Annapolis Ram's Head for a couple quick pints on a recent journey back East. The atmosphere was enjoyable like most other places in Annapolis with a long wooden bar and a comfy feel throughout the restaurant that's housed in an old building by the capital building. The lighting was soft and the brass tap towers were brightly polished. The entire Fordham lineup was on tap along with 8 "seasonals" which were from other breweries and a handful of other handles.
The quality of the two beers I sampled was top notch, Nugget Nectar and Millennium BW, and extremely enjoyable. I stopped by in the afternoon and the place had a good crowd eating lunch. The selection was solid for the area and had a couple gems, the two I mentioned being good examples. The two bartenders that I dealt with were both very friendly although not too beer savvy, which is just fine with me. I ate before stopping into Ram's Head but some of the burgers and lunch items I noticed getting carried to tables looked appetizing. This place is worth a stop in if you find yourself in Annapolis.
04-08-2009 22:26:22 | More by joe1510
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
I enjoyed the Tavern. Its just outside of main street Annapolis but within walking distance of everything the city has to offer. It became a great place to bring friends or to celebrate. Not a bad place for lunch/early dinner either. Overall, the Annapolis area offers a great deal in terms of food and beer.
10-06-2013 23:09:58 | More by Ebbs
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
I went here recently on a trip to Annapolis for the fourth of July with my girlfriend.
Atmoshpere: Nice friendly atmosphere, nothing really stuck out.
Quality: Nice an clean joint, it looked like they had a patio which is neat for nice weather, everything was fresh.
Service: Nice waiter and we got good service, but then again we were 2 of maybe 6 patrons.
Selection: The area is a good beer town, but it seems like most places contract brew so it was nice to see a good bottle selection also.
Food: Food was excellent, if you stop in you must eat.
Value: Very reasonable, but not cheap either.
Don't drink and review.
07-11-2007 21:10:09 | More by treehugger02010
Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.