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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%
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“cakes” (30 reviews)
“baguette” (9 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 days ago

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
Reviewed 4 days ago 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 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 1 week ago 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 5 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 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 2 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fantastic for Vegans and Veggies. I went on my own and was made to feel very welcome and comfortable. The waiter was friendly and a very happy soul. I ordered a pot of tea with soya milk and it was presented beautifully,...More

Thank Kath I
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 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 2 weeks ago

Stopped off here after my walk, I had tea for one, this came in the form of 1 pot of tea and a separate jug of hot water which enabled me to sit and relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings. I did not have any...More

Thank weaver411
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 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 2 weeks ago

It was above average, but didn't reach very good. Both my wife and I were let down by our potatoes, my wifes chips were pallid, as was my roast potato. My wife was given a free drink for this, my roastie tasted ok, so I...More

Thank dick h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous place to stop on a walk. The gardens are beautiful and the food was good too. We had a cup of tea, milkshake and both had a bowl of Leek and potato soup. This came with a roll and plenty of butter.More

Thank AuntieMonkeyFeet
Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was recommended to my family and I after other places were either fully booked or not serving dinner. So, make sure you call in advance and reserve a spot. We decided to have a traditional fish and chips but were presented with generous potions....More

Thank l0nd0ngirl31
Ramblers480, Owner 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

I'd give away my age if I said how many years I've been visiting this family run business. What ever the season you will be blown away by the beautiful gardens, the sheds and gazebos are the perfect place to enjoy a pot of tea...More

Thank Dena C
Ramblers480, Office Assistant at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 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

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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
USD 20
Meals
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
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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