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Ramblers Retreat

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Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
Description: The Ramblers Retreat is an award winning country tearoom nestled in the...
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A gem!

Stopped here with my young children after a visit to the hex tree and for a walk along one of the many footpaths. We were all a bit dishevelled after our walk so didn't feel comfortable in the restaurant part, the garden suited us just fine, particularly as we found a summer house free :-) an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Rachael B
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Stopped here with my young children after a visit to the hex tree and for a walk along one of the many footpaths. We were all a bit dishevelled after our walk so didn't feel comfortable in the restaurant part, the garden suited us just fine, particularly as we found a summer house free :-) an amazing place with a... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at the Ramblers Retreat several times, it is a delightful place to eat, or even just for a coffee. There is the conservatory and snug to eat in which are cosy, but the best part is the garden with summer houses set out with table and chairs, or under pagodas. The menu has a hot section, we... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Went for a meal having gone for a walk! I had the steak, ale and mushroom pie with chips and veg. I had the lemon meringue for dessert! All the food was lovely and my family agreed! 😃 my only disappointment was my glass of red wine, which was watery and quite acidic! 😒 never mind... It won't put me... More 

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West sussex
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

My sister had booked this restaurant for our late lunch. My husband and I had travelled up from Worthing in the morning for a few nights in Derbyshire with my sister. We were so surprised when this place appeared. It was down a little lane and you would never have thought there was anything down there. We walked in and... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Lovely during any season and great that dogs are allowed in the outdoor areas. I recommend the steak pie as it is delicious, as are the chips and gravy that accompanies it. Also if you order the lemon meringue for dessert it is HUGE!

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Stoke on Trent
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274 reviews 274 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We stumbled into the Ramblers garden after a walk in Dimmingsdale, only to find the garden deserted (presumably due to time of year and the time, late afternoon). The location here is spectacular, but it always grates on me that at the busy times, the canteen-style of the Ramblers means the beauty of the garden itself and the surroundings are... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Love to stop off at the Ramblers when walking the old railway or Dimmingsdale whether for a meal or just a coffee and cake,family owned and run ,lovely location for ramblers or dog walkers etc, lovely gardens to sit in ,also potting sheds to sit in if the weathers a it iffy,or you can eat in the conservatory , one... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Ramblers' offers excellent food at reasonable prices. The service is pleasant and friendly. Highly recommended!

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Cheadle, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Simple home cooked food in stunning surroundings. A tad expensive for what it is, but always enjoyable.

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Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Ramblers Retreat. We were very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time in our Restaurant and Country Tea Room and your time in Dimmingsdale- our beautiful valley. We especially liked you review title!! We are a family run business and pride ourselves on providing high quality, locally sourced, traditional British food,... More 

nottinghamshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We called in for a coffee and sat out in the garden the ambience is lovely and the staff are lovely. The price for the coffees was reasonable too. Would have loved to have eaten here as the food we saw looked very nice.

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Ramblers480, Front Office Manager at Ramblers Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Ramblers Retreat. We were very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Dimmingsdale & The Ramblers Retreat. We were especially pleased to hear you enjoyed your coffees and the expirence of the Ramblers Retreat. We hope to see you very soon to try our wonderful home made meals. Kind Regards,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Staffordshire  >  Alton
  • Phone Number: +44 1538 702730

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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