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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)
Closed
All 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 355 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank zoodle0103
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 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 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 3 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 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 5 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 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 8 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 24 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

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We came here one day just to see what it was like it was very nice had drink of coffee and a piece of cake. bit out of the way but well worth it worth a visitMore

Thank Colin T
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 21 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

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

No such thing here as a little slice of lemon meringue!! Try it is huge. Just as life should be here. Birds tweeting, bees buzzing, water babbling and all with a cuppa and a piece of pie bigger than Bridget Jones big pants.More

1  Thank dollydelash
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 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

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

A wonderful two hour walk followed by lunch at this superb venue in a fabulous setting. The dogs were welcome in the well maintained gardens with plenty of outside seating. On the Wednesday, as advertised there was a pianist playing background music in the garden,...More

Thank Clive R
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 7 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
31 October 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
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$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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, View
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 15:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 15:30
Thursday
10:00 - 15:30
Friday
10:00 - 15:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
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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