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Waterside Cafe

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Hastings Road | Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hawkhurst TN18 4RT, England
09:00 - 17:00
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Kent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and i come here often for breakfast and cannot fault it. Had a lovely welcome by the staff when we went the day after they opened for New Year and the breakfast was (as always) delicious. Looking forward to warmer weather to enjoy eating outside again. We are both fishing fanatics but enjoy coming here for the tranquility... More 

Thank 55SPR
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our café. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon! More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Good homemade Christmas meal very good value for £20.00 plus coffee and mince pie at the end of the meal and very friendly staff Wish they where open Christmas day Look no further as this is the place to go Great location

1 Thank deemanch
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for your kind review of our Christmas meal! We have a special Christmas Menu on until Christmas Eve and our food is all home cooked using quality produce by our in house chef and it certainly is wonderful and extremely good value! So pleased you enjoyed it and hope you will visit again soon! More 

Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Great place to grab a bit of lunch and a coffee. views over the fishing lakes accompany your drink or meal

Thank rovingsteve
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you like our home made food and views! Thank you for your review - we hope to see you again soon! More 

East Sussex, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times for coffee and have had the large breakfast here during the summer which was excellent. Arrived with the wife and she was immediately stunned by the location. The wildlife was having a good time outside as well. We arrived in a lull and the place was spotless with staff cleaning the tables as people... More 

Thank Eastbournestew
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your detailed and very positive review of our café. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit and previous ones and I am delighted that your review appreciates what we are trying to achieve here; we are a working fishery and this is a café, not a restaurant, we are trying to produce... More 

St Leonards, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Having been many times before as everything is great and location is equal distance between me and my family, we were looking forward to lunch today! However, the menu was very different, hugely reduced and didn't have many specials either?! My Father paid over £45 for the 4 of us to have lunch and drinks, and then I went to... More 

1 Thank 1934austinseven
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

I have been away on holiday and am just dealing with reviews received during my absence - I apologise for the delay. I am disappointed to read that you were less than satisfied with your visit. Our Menu has undergone some changes and improvements this year, we are now home cooking all meals on the premises, but it is not... More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

My sons of 14 & 12 and I went here for lunch yesterday after a cycle at nearby Bedgebury Pinetum. It's a lovely spot, particularly if the sun's shining and you can sit outside. We all opted for the afternoon tea which comprised a pot of tea, a sandwich of your choice with crisps & salad garnish, a piece of... More 

Thank TobCat
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our café. We are pleased that you enjoyed our site and for the most part your food! I would point out that our bread is delivered fresh every day, apart from Sundays as we cannot have a Sunday delivery, and so the bread should not be 'slightly stale' at all and our salad accompaniment... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and relaxing place. Food is good. I went there with couple of friends. We had salad but the burgers looked absolutely delicious. Next time we will definitely try these burgers. When we went to order our salads we spotted these amazing home made cakes,which we could not resist. Tasty huge slices of cakes. They also make home made scones.... More 

Thank meylin123
Jasmin L, Public Relations Manager at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our café; we are delighted you enjoyed your visit, and look forward to welcoming you again soon when you come and try our gourmet home made burgers! More 

Tenterden, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Visited for lunch last week as a family of 3. Queued for ages only to be met with a miserable member of staff who when asked about the vegetarian options told me "we've got no cheese". When asked what other options were available she said "none". I asked if we could have 3 portions of chips only to be told... More 

1 Thank Deodatus41
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

I am dismayed to read your review and I have to say that I really cannot believe that what you describe took place. We ALWAYS have cheese of assorted varieties and it is just not possible that anyone could have told you we didn't have any! We offer cheese ploughman's and at no stage last week ran out of cheese... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped off for a Sunday Brunch. Nice enough fry up. Reasonable price. Prompt service despite being busy. Coffee the usual milky non descript stuff you may expect.

Thank Tim H
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our café, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and food. Sorry the coffee not quite to your taste! More 

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Having been here before stopped to get a coffee and sandwich after 2pm. The menu has changed more to meals and they had a few ready made rolls in a chiller. The lady said that they had taken rolls, baguettes and panini off the menu. I asked if I could have an egg roll made up as I don't eat... More 

Thank fozie2016
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the café. We have indeed changed our menu this year and are now concentrating on home cooked quality breakfasts, lunches, cakes and desserts. We are a busy café and we have found that over the summer period we just do not have the time to make up rolls to order and so are making... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
British, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hastings Road | Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hawkhurst TN18 4RT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Hawkhurst
  • Phone Number: 1580754000
Waterside Cafe is situated at Hawkhurst Fish Farm, a complex set in the perfectly quiet location between the Kent and Sussex border. It is a landscaped venue which includes planted gardens, scenic waterfalls and hosts a wide variety of wildfowl from assorted parts of the world making it an oasis of tranquility and an abundance of picturesque features. Our balconied cafe which overlooks the complex, offers a selection of Freshly cooked homemade food and deserts including all days breakfasts, cream teas, lunches & more! With beautiful surroundings, a relaxed atmosphere, free ample parking & open 7 days a week! Waterside Cafe is a favorite among locals and holiday makers alike. Waterside Cafe is currently open from 9am until 4pm daily (Serving food until 3:30pm) There are also three junior coarse ponds for Fun Fishing for children and adults! With rods & nets available for hire - No license required! Our water bailiff will be happy to give you some hints & tips to get you catching! (CLOSED until 13th February 2016) Kent Tackle - Kent's best stocked Tackle & Bait shop! All Things Aquatic - a friendly, family run aquatic shop, specialising in Marine, Tropical and Pond Fish! & Slap n Dash - Paint your own ceramics, Make a bear, clay imprints & more are also situated on our complex!

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