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Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom

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” (29 reviews)
“cakes” (27 reviews)
“baguette” (9 reviews)
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Hours
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 1 week ago

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

Thank Tricky Dicky B
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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 1 week ago 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

Thank Gabbyb1992
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Katja O
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place as we can go for a nice with the dog and then we can come here and sit in one of their summer houses and have a nice lunch. We had a bacon and brie toasty, cheese and chutney baguette and...More

Thank Amanda C
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place and perfect for a afternoon tea and cake... beautiful scenery and friendly staff....defo recommendMore

Thank Sarah S
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Have wanted to come here for a while after seeing so many positive posts on Facebook. What an absolute gem, had a delightful lunch and shared one of the infamous homemade lemon meringue’s, all at a reasonable price. Will definitely be returning and recommending to...More

Thank Heidi H
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Stumbled upon this place on our walk from Denstone to Alton. A beautiful setting, great range of food and drink and good value too. A welcomed refreshments break before our walk back. Dog-friendly too, so open to everyone. Definitely will return again soon. Scones were...More

Thank Inspire801056
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

Four of us booked in for a birthday treat.What a great it was.After our last visit a few years ago,it was good to know that the welcome,the service,and the meal was just as superb as before.Traditional food was served at a very good price in...More

Thank 186377Adequate
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Today I visited The Ramblers Retreat with my wife and two year old daughter and sat in one of the outdoor summer houses. The staff were excellent and helpful, the food selection was great and the food quality was fantastic! Children’s menu had a good...More

Thank SamMellor
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 19 August 2018

I absolutely love this gem of a place and cannot recommend it enough. We were on our way back from Alton Towers' Spa looking for a bite to eat and I can't believe how close it is to the resort, it's so quaint you'd never...More

Thank Sam W
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat Country Tearoom, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 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 really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your...More

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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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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$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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
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
  • 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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