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Address: Bow Bridge | Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1803 732214

Under New Management since November 2013!

A quintessential 17th Century Inn,...

Under New Management since November 2013!

A quintessential 17th Century Inn, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, at the bottom of a steep valley next to Bow Creek and bridge. The Inn has been used as a smithy, a brew house, petrol station, a prison and a haunt for the feared press gangs. The area was recorded in the doomsday book.

Built in the 17th-century, Waterman's Arms overlooks tinkling Bow Creek, near Tuckenhay.

We have fifteen beautiful, well appointed en-suite rooms with large bathrooms and powerful showers in the Annexe and spacious powerful shower rooms in the Inn. Direct dial telephones and free Wi-Fi equipped throughout.

With riverside sitting across from the Inn, The Waterman's is the ideal place for a relaxing drink or a delicious meal by the river.

We also have newly refurbished sitting to the side of the Inn on the patio.

We have two separate dining rooms, on three different levels, seating no more than 35 people in each, they have been recently updated and are now bright, airy and as modern as a 17th century inn can be!

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Dog friendly and a decent Sunday roast.

My wife and I stop here once a year for Sunday lunch. It's the nearby place to where we stay that offers a roast. When the weather is decent, there is riverside seating at the top... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Roger E
Bridgwater, England, United Kingdom
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

A truly amazing spot. Great beers. Friendly staff and if the weather is nice you have got to sit by the river....

Thank Hitchmob
Bridgwater, England, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

My wife and I stop here once a year for Sunday lunch. It's the nearby place to where we stay that offers a roast. When the weather is decent, there is riverside seating at the top end a tidal reach. The river is clear water and shallow enough for paddling.

Thank Roger E
Portishead, United Kingdom
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422 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Lovelly place on the river, and facinating scenary, lots of wild life, and fish, woods, walks and a good atmosphere, good place for a drink and a meal, Hope this has been of some help for you...

Thank garylomas
Exmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Great location, probably nicer in the summer than the winter as went in feb and nobody around. Great pub on the outside, rooms were really nice too, but the actual pub could do with a massive sorting out, too many bright lights, so lack of relaxed ambience, nice Irish touch in some areas but old carpets in the breakfast area... More 

Thank hossegor72
Blackwood, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Stayed here for a weekend nothing was too much for the cracking Irish hosts My 4 month old spaniel dog was spoiled, the rooms we excellent clean and warm totnes was a 10 minute drive away ,Dartmouth just a little further ,yet we where next to a small river ,with total peace ducke a heron etc would recommend to everybody... More 

Thank matthewsa6
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Great location and a lovely chilled atmosphere, we only popped in for a couple of soft drinks and were charged more than we would of been if we had 2 alcoholic drinks, pubs out in the sticks must make soft drinks cheaper to encourage people to visit.

Thank mike p
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 September 2016

A friendy place to eat, the service was top notch and very reasonably priced to. A place i would recommend to anyone who is looking for a place to eat.

Thank Andy R
Hong Kong, China
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Good side: the place is next Dart River, you could have a drink or a dinner sitting on the outdoor picnic tables while watching the running stream or the ducks. Food is generally nice with a few choices on the breakfast menu. It is recommended to book a dinner table as it seems to get busy during the summer holidays.... More 

Thank sunnyretire
Oxford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We popped in on our way to Cornworthy. Good beer and good, but simply food. I had a really robust Ploughman's and a pint of Otter beer - both excellent. Sat by the river in the sunshine. Bliss. This is definitely a pub that does food and not a "Gastropub" but at least it knows that. Definately worth a visit... More 

Thank montykilo
United Kingdom
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Hidden away by a slow flowing tidal river.Very nice food, helpful staff. Lots of choice on the menu. You can sit in doors or out under cover or out in the sunshine. Plenty of parking.

Thank nancy609

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