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Ramblers Retreat

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Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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5 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

after a super walk with our dogs we were ready for a rest with tea and cake , great service , smashing outdoor seating area which is dog friendly

Thank bev s
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638 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This s a delight and a mix between a restaurant and tea rooms. Generally from what we noticed the restaurant is inside with the tea room outside in the back garden. It was originally a gatehouse to the estate and full g character. In the garden there is water feature, lovely plans and lovely garden furniture. The highlight was the... More 

Thank Stumpy12345
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ramblers Retreat is a special place. The gardens are full of wild birds and its a super place to relax with a cuppa or snack and see how many varieties of birds you can identify and listen to the peaceful sound of running water. There is a cosy restaurant and well cooked local food available. A great place for... More 

Thank Glyniscooper5
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a heavy night session, decided to partake in some Dimmingsdale rambling to blow away the cobwebs. Being the clever sausage that I am I decided to go rogue and ignore the maps. Unfortunately my internal compass is very poor which resulted in a half hour detour up a barren hill and concluding with a desperate scramble under some barbed... More 

1 Thank JC-GILL
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed . Booked for 16 people for Mothers Day Lunch . Pre ordered meals 2 weeks before. Table booked for 12.30 had to wait for 50 mins to get food. People bring served at the outside window with no waiting or very little waiting time, we had to sit on two separate tables. No space between other diners far... More 

1 Thank Trish T
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We pooped into the Ramblers for an impromptu lunch and it was lovely, A really nice woodland location, great food (I had the home made tomato soup) and excellent service. It got very busy though so would recommend booking at weekends and peak times, school holidays etc.

Thank scrawfs444
Rugby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Had a very unpleasant experience there today. I walked 1.5 hrs to get to the Ramblers Retreat as I had checked their opening hours and it was showing on their website as 'Open Today'. I had planned to have lunch there with my dog, there was a sign outside sadly saying that due to a family funeral they were closed... More 

2 Thank Corvin26
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit. The food was excellent. All the staff were very friendly. A lovely place to take the family. The gardens are very nice and when the weather is good you can sit outside to eat your meal.

Thank Natalie S
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

As always the food at Ramblers Retreat was lovely and the setting is fabulous. A lovely warm sunny day so we were outside in the gardens. The area is very special to us. We have been going there for over 20 years and it only ever improves. Long may they continue.

Thank Jayne K
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped off here after a lovely walk in the area and it was perfect! Service was excellent, food was delicious and it had a really cosy feel to it! We will definitely return ☺️

Thank shaz2436

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Staffordshire  >  Alton
  • Phone Number: +44 1538 702730
The Ramblers Retreat is an award winning country tearoom nestled in the Dimmingsdale, part of the beautiful Churnet Valley in Staffordshire.

Our menu is homemade using only the best ingredients, many of which are sourced from local suppliers in the Staffordshire Moorlands. And as well as a delicious meal you can also enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Dimmingsdale, this spectacular valley by following one of the established woodland walks.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?