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Ramblers Retreat

Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lemon meringue” (31 reviews)
“cakes” (19 reviews)
“jacket potato” (10 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 3:30 PMAll hours
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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1 - 10 of 358 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited several times for lunch sitting outside in the garden or coffee stop during a long walk. Warm welcome from staff and lovely coffee and cakes. Lemon meringue is gorgeous. Highly recommend for a full meal or snack and lovely whether you sit...More

Thank Gilly186378
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 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 2 weeks ago

Good food served by friendly staff in the beautiful Dimmingsdale. The delightful gardens offer ample seating and many of our visits have ended here after walks in this delightful area. A great variety of walks are available from here and for those who are unable...More

Thank 965barryj
Ramblers480, Guest Relations Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 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 3 weeks ago

Stopped while cycling through, just wanted something simple and quick.The setting is lovely, restaurant quite chintzy. I paid £4:60 for beans on toast without a brew. Small portion of beans! Other meals on the menu looked expensive. Must be catering for a more 'twee' market!...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I came here with my family for lunch, we ordered our food (soup, the oatcake pizza and the children's spaghetti bolognaise)- all fairly simple meals, however after we ordered, our food took over an hour to arrive. The food itself was fairly average. We contemplated...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

After a 6 mile walk around Dimmingsdale Valley we called in here for our lunch and a pint. We walk extensively in the Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Shropshire areas and visit many pubs for a sandwich and a drink and the quality varies considerably. However...More

Thank Andy1104
Ramblers480, Guest Relations Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 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 26 October 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic place to visit. We are lucky enough to live within a 40 minute drive from here.It is however like you are in the middle of no where. A wonderful place to grab a coffee after your walk and in such a beautiful...More

Thank Simon J
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

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 17 October 2017 via mobile

When walking the old disused Railway line from Oakamoor to Alton, this friendly indoor and outdoor restaurant is about 3/4 of a mile along this stunning walk through ancient woods, ponds and streams. It has excellent attractive seating outside as well as inside (great if...More

Thank DucatiDudes
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

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 9 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing garden area for grabbing a bit of cake after exploring to surrounding woods. Cakes are always delicious and the choice is incredible. We visit this place most weeks with our dog and always come away happy. Staff are polite and the setting is unbelievable....More

Thank Gary B
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

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 7 October 2017 via mobile

Visited for the first time on a Saturday afternoon and was surprised to find how full the car park was, particularly in view of the access road which isn't the easiest. We chose to sit inside but there is plenty of outdoor seating in the...More

Thank lovestravel99
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

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 22 September 2017

Always visit The Ramblers Retreat when we've had a walk in Dimmingsdale. A cup of tea and a piece of cake rounds the day of nicely. Had the lemon meringue many times now. The size puts other places to shame. While I've never had any...More

Thank nigstac2012
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

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
1 November 2017|
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Response from Simon J | Reviewed this property |
we sat outside so im sorry cant i cant answer that.
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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.
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Omandy39
11 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$40
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 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
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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