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Ramblers Retreat

Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lemon meringue” (31 reviews)
“cakes” (25 reviews)
“pie” (20 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is excellent. Good food, incredibly dog friendly, good staff and walks galore on its door step, some up hill, some on the flat, you can walk for miles and have good food and drink at the start, end or mid point.More

Thank cassie1298
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My first visit, but I went to take my mother for lunch, since it is her favourite eatery. On the up-side, the service was excellent and the food generously portioned and good value, the location is beautiful and it certainly lives up to its name,...More

Thank Carl_S290614
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a special little place nestled into the woods. Gorgeous outdoor eating areas under canopies and gazebos. Te ice cream is to die for. A perfect day out on a sunny day!More

Thank MrsA77
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in at the Ramblers Retreats after a lovely country walk through beautiful Staffordshire countryside. We went in March and it was open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 4:00 Lovely place with nice outdoor and indoor areas to sit, muddy boots and pets welcome. Toilet...More

Thank Sue P
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on Easter Monday and it was busy but we got seated straight away! Was so lovely. A large menu with something for everyone. Soup was lovely and homemade! The staff were friendly and attentive. Went instead of eating in Alton Towers and it was...More

Thank Hayley M
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in after a walk with the dog for a drink. The wife had a luxury hot choc which looked very nice and my coffee was good too. Love the little touches of the blankets to keep you warm if you sit outside and the...More

Thank aero9459
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to go back and have lunch here are walking past it on the way to Alton Towers. It is a little cramped and the Sunday roast was very dry but it is a nice looking place.

Thank maisief769
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast before the dale walk. Superb Staffordshire oattie with cheese and bacon filling. Lovely reception and surroundings, an absolute must when visiting the dale.More

Thank Gazmo_1
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea here after a walk in the local area. I love the layout of little tables, private covered areas and mini sheds dotted about on split levels. Such a treat. I’ve also had lunch indoors here on another occasion...More

Thank Melectra
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

After a long walk through the beautiful countryside in Dimmingsdale, we came across the Ramblers Retreat. And what a treat it is. We had tea and cake. It is simply beautiful. A good selection of drinks and cakes. A restaurant available and huts and tables...More

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Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to the Ramblers Retreat and Dimmingsdale. As a family run business, we always try our very hardest to provide the most memorable experiences to all our guests, we make it...More

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Julia Y
31 October 2017|
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Response from Mel W | Reviewed this property |
the potting shed is heated in winter and the summer houses do have doors that can be shut. there are plenty if blankets available too.
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Colin M
14 September 2015|
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Response from William C | Reviewed this property |
I just feel that it would be far to dangerous to walk from the park to anywhere in Alton. I also can't think of a suitabe eating place for your party. Out of interest how did you get to the park on what form of transport.
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Omandy39
10 June 2015|
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Response from Staffsfamily | Reviewed this property |
Ramblers Retreat is a cafe restaurant , not an evening venue.In the middle of a wood .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$43
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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