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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 good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lemon meringue” (34 reviews)
“cakes” (30 reviews)
“baguette” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have been here many times. The staff are always very friendly, despite being busy food is always served very quickly.the meals are delicious.we cant fault anything about ramblers retreat.if you get chance, take a look at the folder with the history...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ChrisP5284
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor- it's really appreciated! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale, we're so proud to live, represent and work in this amazing valley! Your comments...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family meal today food was outstanding and the decor was really good The staff we just the right level attentiveness really nice time we had Thank youMore

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank L7919XTcolinm
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor- it's really appreciated! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale, we're so proud to live, represent and work in this amazing valley! Your comments...More

Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

The area surrounding this Tea Room is fabulous for walking a dog off the lead. The cyclists and other walkers all seem very friendly and once the walk is done returning to the free car park in front of the Tea Room is a perfect...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Fiona M
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor- it's really appreciated! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale, we're so proud to live, represent and work in this amazing valley! Your comments...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018

Nice place to walk the wonderful Autumn colours of the Trees - a wonderful place in the Middle of know where . great for walking or you can drive up, a very very narrow Road . Christmas fayre was Great . Llamas also there ....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ann H
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor- it's really appreciated! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale, we're so proud to live, represent and work in this amazing valley! Your comments...More

Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Came here due to the fact that my husband had walked around this area previously and what with myself saving it here on my TripAdvisor. Both myself and my husband really enjoyed our experience here and would advise booking in advance as we didn't but...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ZaZa210684
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor- it's really appreciated! I'm really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale, we're so proud to live, represent and work in this amazing valley! Your comments...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018

My husband and I called in here for an impromptu weekday lunch. The approach road is a mainly single track nightmare but the location when you get there is so idyllic that it is worth the effort. The service was pleasant and punctual although they...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank boon1956
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor! We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Dimmingsdale and the Ramblers Retreat, especially that you think it's worth the trip down the rather unique, but scenic Red Road! Your kind...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

This place is a little place for walkers to stop and have a piece of their gorgeous (and ENORMOUS) lemon meringue pie, oat cakes, cream tea, soup, sandwiches, and other pub favourites. It is really homely and cosy, and the staff are so lovely -...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jessiwalton
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor, as a family run business it really does mean the world to us when our guests enjoy their visit to Dimmingsdale & the Ramblers Retreat. We're pleased to hear that you were pleased with...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018

The day that we booked lunch at this restaurant was the day that a large group had booked the whole of the main restaurant. We expected to be in one of the summer houses. It was pouring with rain and we weren't looking forward to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor, as a family run business it really does mean the world to us when our guests enjoy their visit to Dimmingsdale & the Ramblers Retreat. We're pleased to hear that our Homemade Steak, Ale...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We were driving around looking for somewhere to have lunch and we happened upon this beautiful retreat. The staff were warm and welcoming and the garden was vibrant with autumn leaves. The huts were quaint and a perfect spot to have some food, the famous...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Gabbyb1992
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor, as a family run business it really does mean the world to us when our guests enjoy their visit to Dimmingsdale & the Ramblers Retreat.We're pleased to hear that you bumped into us whilst...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

What a wonderful hidden gem this was! I spent the entire afternoon there as I was waiting for my kids to come out of the theme park. I couldn't have chosen a nicer, more cozy place! The garden is uniquely quaint, and the inside is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Katja O
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor, as a family run business it really does mean the world to us when our guests enjoy their visit to Dimmingsdale & the Ramblers Retreat. It's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your...More

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Y3993LKsusanr
9 December 2018|
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Response from boon1956 | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely book, they can get very busy and it saves any disappointment.
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Julia Y
31 October 2017|
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Response from MelW485 | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$39
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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 15:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 15:30
Thursday
10:30 - 15:30
Friday
10:30 - 15:30
Saturday
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
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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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