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Ramblers Retreat

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Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Derby, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great find - we visited here for lunch - it is such a lovely little restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere. I had a delicious Plowman's Lunch. Sadly, I had no room for dessert because the Lemon Meringue looked amazing!!! Maybe next time though!!!

Thank LeighandSueb
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon arriving at the Ramblers Retreat I was impressed by the cafe's beautiful aesthetic of ponds, gardens and outdoor seating scattered under umbrellas and inside cute huts. The interiors were also charming with quiet classical music playing in the background to complete the whole country dining feel. The service was brilliant the gentleman running the floor was friendly and greeted... More 

Thank Trent C
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited at lunch time following a long walk. Lovely welcome and great location. Good choice on the menu and really good value. We went for pie of the day which was amazing. Location superb and nice cost tables in or out. Will go again.

Thank Holly S
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's the sound of the fountain that (in my opinion) gives this country cafe/bistro a charm all of its own. Never mind the fact that it is located in midst of my favourite childhood haunt, or that the staff are polite and attentive, or that the food and drink are of excellent quality/reasonably priced. The place has an ambience I've... More 

Thank Dan W
west midlands
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104 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch on route to Alton Towers theme park. Very welcoming staff, lovely surrounding catering for walkers and dogs outside. Can eat in potting shed nice idea in the summer. Had main meal and desert. The desert was to die for but was a little disappointed in the chips they were small portions and bitty. Overall a nice place... More 

Thank floridadream04
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to stop for coffee and cake during one of our lovely walks through dimmingsdale. Lovely atmosphere a great place for a pit stop

Thank Sharron O
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

met up with a family member here while our children were in alton towers, mde very welcome , wonderful food including vegan options, soya milk for coffee availablee at a charge. would surely return if in area.

Thank catherine_roberts64
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem. A proper family owned & run tea/ coffee room. Wonderful, whether or not you have rambled. Open during the day 6 days a week (closed Mondays) Take Note Chain cafés, this is how to do it!

Thank Michael P
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely little place in a great area. We often stay at the chained oak bed and breakfast as we love to go walking round Alton. The ramblers retreat although often packed is a great little stop off point to rest your legs and scoff some great food.

Thank DDogg84
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Alton towers for our daughters 5th birthday and looked for somewhere to meet friends and have some lunch. I contacted the owner to book a table who responded quickly and made it an easy process. We arrived and were so glad we found this place as it was faultless from start to finish. Food was great, very... More 

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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
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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?