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Reviewed 19 October 2021

This is a lovely cafe with the most beautiful garden with lots of seating areas and alcoves, very prettily designed. Perfect after one of the various walks through the woods. We visited three times while in the area (sadly it was closed on one of...the occasions!) but we manged to have lunch twice. A good and varied menu and the food and drinks were very nice. My only complaint is I think a little more thought ought to be given to the queueing system. You join a queue to place your order and then go to the next hatch to collect drinks/ice creams and are given a pager which then goes off when your food is ready. The queue both times I visited was massive, understandably, but the main problem I could see was that perhaps another person taking orders in the first hatch may speed things up, and secondly at the second hatch I was a bit surprised to see that the same (one) person was doing all the hot drinks and also serving up ice cream. I do understand that it is a busy place and everyone was queueing patiently but I was actually in the queue for half an hour on one of the visits which does seem a bit much. Still enjoyed the visit however.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 September 2021 via mobile

We have been coming here all Summer almost every weekend, stopping for a rest and something to eat. However the popular snacks have gone. Chips and curry/gravy has been taken off the menu so it is now either a pot of plain chips for £2.45,...a sausage roll and few crisps for £3.25 or £5 for cheese on toast! If you are coming for a walk through this lovely part of Staffordshire then bring your own snacks and drinks! Really disappointing.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 23 August 2021 via mobile

Come on guys use decent teabags. Paid £23 for sandwich cake and tea for 2. It warrants buying decent teabags, I wouldn't mind paying the money if they were decent!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 August 2021

Very pleasant. Staff were friendly and we had a lovely meal. We did sit outside as we wanted to enjoy the sun. Great service with a beeper that tells you when your food is ready

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

If you fancy treating yourself and enjoy an afternoon tea then go the whole hog and try the current lord and ladies afternoon teas on offer. Beautifully prepared and presented and generously proportioned (in as much that you will need to ask for a box...to take some of it home). All this in a beautiful setting and served by lovely staff makes for a very pleasant experienceMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 17 August 2021 via mobile

Stopped for refreshments while walking, a great place with a good selection of drinks and food. Tables inside and out, some outside tables under cover. A must for walkers looking for a rest and re-fuel.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021 via mobile

Having read previous positive reviews about this restaurant we decided to visit as a family following our walk to the chained oak. All of the seating is currently outdoors which wasn't an issue as the weather was fine. The current system is basically turn up,...find a table and once you have decided what to order from the menu just join the queue to order. There were about 10 people in front of me and I must have waited 20 mins to order. I was given a pager to take to my table and told to come back up to collect my warm food once the pager went off. I went back to my table and waited for a further 10 minutes before it started to bleep and flash red. I walked back around to fetch my food and waited a further 10 mins to to told by a member of staff that the pager hadn't gone off and the battery was going so back to my table I went. The whole time I was back and forth from my table I was having to leave my children who at this point were quite restless. Some dogs began to fight by the table next to us - not the resturants fault I know but by the time our food arrived I felt so worn out by it all we packed it up in a napkin and left. The resturants staff were very friendly, and the children really enjoyed their chocolate brownies, but it was just a bit too hectic for us.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 12 August 2021 via mobile

Great selection of food (I can heartily recommend the oatcakes with cheddar & bacon!) and there are several good walks nearby to either earn dessert or walk it off ;)

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2021 via mobile

Genuinely a hidden gem. Amazing, locally sourced food. Really helpful staff. Good prices for the quality of the food. Fantastic location. Sat outside, didn’t wait long for the food. Could have easily sat there for hours as it’s such a nice place to be. Will...definitely go again!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 21 July 2021 via mobile

Wow what a find this was the 2nd visit and was as good as first visit if not better. We sat in a summer house this time and had Derbyshire ham and cheese toasties and a portion of chips and 2 Derbyshire ice cream milkshakes...which was pure heaven. Barni our dog enjoyed his visit as well because it is dog friendly. The only downside was the toilet which has a sign on for customers inlay was being used by every tom dick and harry so a key system would be good as they were not particularly clean and the bin was over flowing and was not disabled friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Kem88
19 October 2019|
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Response from Ramblers480 | Property representative |
Hi, the Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale (the valley you'll be doing your walk-in) have our own car parks for everyone using the valley. Just follow the brown Ramblers Retreat & Dimmingsdale road signs or use the postcode... More
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Response from boon1956 | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely book, they can get very busy and it saves any disappointment.
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Ramblers Retreat is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5