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Ramblers Retreat

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Dimmingsdale Lodge Red Road | Alton, Alton ST10 4BU, England
+44 1538 702730
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a pleasant meal outside the Ramblers retreat during a Christmas walk. Covered outside seating and cosy sheds are available for eating and drinking on chilly winters days. The homemade pie was tasty and was a perfect treat mid walk through the beautiful Dimmingsdale woods.

Thank lippy10
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

This one of my family's favourite place to visit. The staff are wonderfully helpful and friendly and cannot do enough for you. They always wear a smile on their face. The food is spectacular, the majority of us always opt for the homemade pies because they are fabulous. The portion sizes are great and the setting is fabulous. It feels... More 

Thank rachel e
Derby, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

We had lunch with some long-standing friends, who had it recommended to them by the holiday cottage some miles away, where they were staying. There was a good choice of menu, service was courteous and efficient, all in a delightful setting in a conservatory with a pleasant atmosphere. There are outside tables and small huts which can be opened for... More 

Thank Martin W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We were amazed to find such a delightful restaurant and after a long walk through the woodlands along what was an old railway track. This was just the very place we needed to rest a while and drink a wonderful coffee and food. The host was wonderful in welcoming and talking to us about the area and the history of... More 

Thank PamAbsolum
Gosport, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

What a gorgeous lovely country café. We stopped for a drink in the summer house which we loved and thought was so unique and beautiful. We had come from a long walk visiting the chained oak tree . we have booked to go back there next year for lunch after our visit to Alton Towers. Lovely staff and very friendly... More 

Thank Wendy V
Middleton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

I have visited the ramblers a few times now and it never lets me down! I don't live far away so I often walk my dog to the dimmingsdale woods as it's such a beautiful walk and the ramblers is such a perfect place to eat! The food is amazing and the portion sizes very good, I opted for the... More 

Thank jesslowndesss
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

If you want a pleasant walk with a cup of tea with cake or a meal consider ramblers retreat good home cooked food, pleasant staff ,and short or longer walks close by ,,,garden tables are in a quiet garden with water feature

Thank David H
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

My husband and I pop in regularly after a big walk around Dimmingsdale, it's a lovely retreat in a picturesque location, we sat in the garden and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, I would recommend highly.

Thank dolly431
Derby, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 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

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups
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?