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Ramblers Retreat

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Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We pooped into the Ramblers for an impromptu lunch and it was lovely, A really nice woodland location, great food (I had the home made tomato soup) and excellent service. It got very busy though so would recommend booking at weekends and peak times, school holidays etc.

Thank scrawfs444
Rugby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a very unpleasant experience there today. I walked 1.5 hrs to get to the Ramblers Retreat as I had checked their opening hours and it was showing on their website as 'Open Today'. I had planned to have lunch there with my dog, there was a sign outside sadly saying that due to a family funeral they were closed... More 

Thank Corvin26
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. The food was excellent. All the staff were very friendly. A lovely place to take the family. The gardens are very nice and when the weather is good you can sit outside to eat your meal.

Thank Natalie S
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As always the food at Ramblers Retreat was lovely and the setting is fabulous. A lovely warm sunny day so we were outside in the gardens. The area is very special to us. We have been going there for over 20 years and it only ever improves. Long may they continue.

Thank Jayne K
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped off here after a lovely walk in the area and it was perfect! Service was excellent, food was delicious and it had a really cosy feel to it! We will definitely return ☺️

Thank shaz2436
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent meal enjoyed by the three of us. We all decided on the pie of the day, beef in ale with extra vegetables. Mouthwateringly good and a good sized portion. For sweet two of us had the renowned lemon merangue and one can see how it attained such a status. A man size portion yet light and delicate as a... More 

Thank William C
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Without question a beautiful location. The venue for us doesn't live up to the surroundings. The food and drink is very average and somewhat highly priced. It really is worth travelling for the scenery but not so much for the venue.

2 Thank fireyfred
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very scenic Waited over 15 mins in the queue outside to place an order despite only two people being in front of me. Then was told would have to wait 30 mins for food but that because it was soup it would be muchfaster. Went back around then and still had to wait for longer - them the soup and... More 

Thank ColetteSquires
Sutton Bonington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a lovely walk with our two dogs we called in for a coffee, and was amazed by the lovely garden to sit in under gazebos with our dogs, inside looked lovely as well, prices are reasonable and the lemon meringue was just amazing. Will definitely be visiting again soon, to try lunch or breakfast.

Thank katojo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place to relax after a walk in the grounds. 2 cakes ordered and some hot drinks, very prompt service from the staff. Will be returning in the warmer months!

Thank Job D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 19
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?