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Ramblers Retreat

Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lemon meringue” (31 reviews)
“cakes” (26 reviews)
“pie” (20 reviews)
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is possibly one of the prettiest cafes I have been in! We visited on a sunny day so saw it at its best as the flowers were out and the gardens were stunning. We had coffee and flap jack and both were very good...More

Thank SueTimmis
Reviewed 6 days ago

Me and my partner found this on a walk and were surprised with how nice it was! Lovely cakes and food - we only had cake and drinks as we couldn't stay long but it was very nice. Lovely location/setting. Will definitely visit again on...More

Thank fjones356
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after a very very long walk. The food was tasty and plentiful. We loved the quirky garden with the different places to sit. Ice cream was delicious with lots of flavours. Lovely place.

Thank Zara M
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Wonderful lunch and drinks in a superb garden area. Simply beautiful after a lovely walk. Only one person was taking orders and preparing hot drinks at a very busy period.

Thank Wwoo161
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We parked up at Ramblers Retreat in the morning and embarked on our 5 mile planned walk around Dimmingsdale. We arrived at the gardens just after lunch, thinking we had beat the rush hour, however the gardens were buzzing of people! We didn't want to...More

Thank Sam W
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

We were staying at the nearby Alton Station - a Landmark Trust property and discovered this wonderful tearoom whilst on a walk. Very deceptive first impression looking at the front of the building, but so glad we stopped off and walked around the side. The...More

Thank Shirley M
Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Very friendly place with very good food, good varied menu. The garden is a delight especially in May sunshine.

1  Thank Paula N
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

It’s a really good ham sandwich, I have eaten it multiple times. I will undoubtedly have it again at some point

Thank Louis J
Reviewed 5 May 2018

Came here again to walk the Churnet Valley. The setting is amazing. A lovely rural hideaway. The hot drinks are reasonable value, but i like the way they supply you with a teapot of hot water so you can refill your teapot and get plenty...More

Thank craigjenkins2018
Reviewed 30 April 2018

We walked to the Rambler's Retreat from our holiday accommodation and it did not disappoint. Although quite busy we were able to find a quiet table and enjoy our coffee. There is quite an extensive menu but we did not want any food at the...More

1  Thank Dorothy M
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Julia Y
1 November 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.
Colin M
15 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.
11 June 2015|
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
  • Value
Average prices
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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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