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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 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
Essex, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Called in here after a dog walk and was pleasantly surprised at how well they cater for dog walkers. Okay, you can't take dogs in the main restaurant but they have plenty of sheds outside to cater for those with pets. One, the potting shed, is heated and blankets are supplied too. An outside ordering window to order your food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love this place especially after a good walk. The staff are very friendly and the food is good, tasting homemade. It is lovely near to Christmas as it is beautifully decorated.

Thank carolyn j
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We called here without pre booking. The staff were polite and accomadating. We dined in the snug part of the restaurant, which was particulary cosy on a cold afternoon. The steak pie was delicious and available with a choice of chips or new potatoes. Wechave dined here before and are already planning a return visit.

Thank sharron h
Oakamoor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gem is hidden away in the fabulous Chutney Valley. Great for a full blown lunch, a sandwich or just an ice cream. Surrounded by woods and walks

Thank The_Laurels_Oakamoor
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are regulars and love this place, dogs welcome and they have beautiful little summer houses that allow you to take your dogs inside if its wet. We love the cream teas here and it's brilliant and no matter how many times you go they alway makes you smile. Well worth an excuse to walk the dog and have a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a long walk around the area it was exactly what we needed. A good selection of food and drink available, very good prices. Staff friendly and always on hand. Cakes looked amazing! Worth a visit with great views

Thank CFG89
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 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 

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?