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Waterfront Cafe

Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
+44 1491 833732
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“cakes” (44 reviews)
“nachos” (15 reviews)
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European, British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is no cafe the good and view over the marina elevates this experience. The food is well cooked, honest fare and the staff friendly. Does not matter what time of year or day this little gem is always buzzing. If you want a great...More

Thank Rob L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited this cafe this week and we were blown away with our food! The Eton mess was delicious and the hot chocolate was out of this world! We sat outside and watched the boats go by. It really is in such a lovely setting! The...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We dined here for lunch on a Sunday it was very busy as the weather was warm but this did not affect our visit. The staff were friendly and attentive. The wait for food given was 45 minutes But arrived quicker. The food was lovely....More

Thank SalWilts
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one amazing venue at a great location on the Thames. It has the perfect outside setting as long as the weather is favourable – blankets are available but won't keep the food warm. The service is generally impeccable and the food outstanding. Portions...More

Thank MidlandsAmigos
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a late breakfast here on a busy Sunday and can't point fingers at the food: it's great, tasty and well-prepared albeit fairly expensive. My score above only reflects the staff at this place as it seemed like they were too busy chatting with each...More

Thank Morts L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been coming here for years...and even lived in Benson for a while so it was a regular destination. Obviously the location is wonderful (especially if the weather is on your side) but I always find something nice to eat, and as a veggie, there...More

Thank Magmamatt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked from Wallingford to shillingford along the river, found waterfront by accident, so stopped in on the way back. Very good food, lovely atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend for a meal or just a coffee and cake.

Thank marlowbilly
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my wife I came here one afternoon at the end of September. We were staying next door at the lodges and we were given a recommendation to visit from the owners of the lodges. We went at lunchtime and the weather was perfect...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great on a summer weekday morning, not so good on a weekend where the staff are a little overrun with all the cyclists turning up. Nice views of the river and easy to park outside.

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very beautiful location, right on the river side at Benson. Very good bacon sandwich, lots of cakes. Coffee was a let down - warm and wet at best!

Thank Brigitte W
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3 September 2017|
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Response from 548joanna | Reviewed this property |
Yes we saw lots of dogs that day on the outside terrace
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Wallingford  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +44 1491 833732
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The award winning Waterfront Cafe is situated in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, perched on the banks of the River Thames at Benson.The cafe is open seven days a week throughout the year serving food all day. During the summer months (April-September) the evening bistro is open Tuesday - Sunday evening until 10pm - Mondays 8am until 6pm.The idyllic setting makes it a perfect place to watch the stunning sunsets over the river with a glass of wine.Opening at 8am the cafe is ready to serve the early risers breakfast. A traditional full English, Eggs benedict, bacon sandwich,freshly baked Croissants and Danish pastries are just some of the choices available. Daily homemade specials are excellent value and always popular with the regulars. Alternatively we offer our all day menu with a wide range of homemade favorites, lighter plates and freshly baked baguettes which can always be taken away for those on a tight schedule.The cafe is also renowned for its impressive selection of homemade cakes and desserts and is popular with those with a sweet tooth. Ice creams or cream teas can also be enjoyed on the large patio - weather permitting!During the summer months the evening bistro comes alive and offers an additional menu which allows our chefs to showcase their culinary talents.
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