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Keeping our guests & team safe

The Ramblers Retreat Country Tea Room is open with a takeaway service available.


Enjoy our delicious homemade desserts, barista-made hot drinks and homemade lunches in Dimmingsdale or from the comfort of your own home!

Take a look at the page below to find out more about the changes and procedures we’ve been busy putting in place.

To all of our amazing guests, friends and local community members,

In this unprecedented time full of changes and a ‘new normal’, we hope all of our guests and friends are keeping well and staying safe. We hope you’ve been able to find joy and positives in the little things during lockdown. To anyone who has struggled during this time, all of us at the Ramblers Retreat send you all of our love and positive thoughts.

The Ramblers Retreat has welcomed visitors to Dimmingsdale with lovingly homemade food, cakes and drinks for nearly 40 years. We’ve really missed having you all around for the past few months. We wanted to update you all on how we’re ensuring the safe operating of the Ramblers Retreat Country Tea Room.

The safety of our team, guests, communities and family is our top priority; all decisions we’ve made are based on the information and advice provided by the UK Government. We haven’t rushed these decisions and are focusing on providing a service that we are confident keeps the level of risk at the absolute minimum. You can find an in-depth list of the measures we’ve put in place below.

Keeping our guests, team & family safe and healthy:

To help us keep risks to an absolute minimum at this unprecedented time, you’ll notice quite a few changes around the Ramblers Retreat. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Smaller team sizes, serving a reduced menu
  • Only accepting card payment (contactless encouraged)
  • Perspex screens covering our counters
  • Social distancing measures in place for customers and team members
  • An outdoor, one-way queuing system
  • Sanitiser stations for guests
  • Use of sustainable, disposable crockery and cutlery to reduce risk
  • PPE for all team members
  • Regular sanitising of all touch-points and surfaces
  • Investment in 24-hour barrier technology surface sanitiser for added protection for our guests and teams
  • Additional instructions and training for all team members on hygiene practices, including increased frequency of handwashing and extra sanitising of key areas within the Ramblers Retreat.

Our New Opening Hours:

As we adjust to the new normal, our opening hours will look a little different to what you’re used to seeing, as we continue with our phased reopening, we’ll be extending our opening hours. Keep an eye on our website, email newsletter & social media for the latest updates.

Our current opening hours are:

Opening Hours:
Thursday-Friday: 11:00am-3:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 10:30am-4:00pm

We’re currently closed Monday-Wednesday as we adjust to the new normal. We’re working on increasing our hours as soon as possible. Check back soon.

What seating areas are open?

We’ve made a few changes to the layout of the Ramblers Retreat. The status of our seating areas are detailed below:


  • Takeaway Counter- OPEN
  • Woodland Gardens- CLOSED
  • Summer Houses- CLOSED
  • Potting Shed- CLOSED
  • Conservatory- CLOSED
  • Snug- CLOSED

Our toilets remain open for Ramblers Retreat customer use.

Please note, we’re currently operating a takeaway only policy and are therefore not accepting bookings.

Our Current Menu:


Click here to view a PDF version of this menu

Whether you’re with us for light bites like our amazing Staffordshire Oatcakes & toasted sandwiches, barista made coffee and a slice of one of our famous homemade cakes or just a organic ice cream before a walk around Dimmingsdale with the family, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your visit. We pride ourselves on serving lovingly made food & drinks and, wherever possible, we buy our ingredients from local suppliers within Staffordshire & Derbyshire. This allows us to support our local community, reduce our environmental impact and ensure the quality of our ingredients are consistently high.

Please note, we’re currently serving a reduced menu to allow our Kitchen Team to follow all Covid-Secure measures. We’re constantly adding items to our menu, so check back soon!

Thank you for your support:

We’re so very pleased to be able to welcome our guests and local communities back with open (socially distanced) arms. We’d like to thank all of our guests and friends for being so supportive during these difficult times. When we do reopen, the Ramblers Retreat will be different. We will need time to adjust to smaller teams and additional health and safety measures, but we can guarantee the warm Ramblers welcome and service that has been at our core since opening our doors in 1981.

We kindly ask that you continue to be supportive of and patient with our amazing team members as we safely return and adjust to the new normal. We’ll always keep all of our guests updated through social media, our website and our email newsletter.


Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to welcome you to Dimmingsdale & the Ramblers Retreat.

Helen, Callum, Gary & Team Ramblers