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Bodiam Boating Station

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Riverside Cottage Rye Road | Newenden, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
+44 1979 253838
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boat ride to castle 😍 Couldn't fault it really, just fab time, Phil was very friendly, friendly to all people on the boat and bankhe was informative about the river etc...he kept us entertained all the way there and back, felt very safe in hands, great going phil 😊👍🏼 Will be back

Thank Italianchica1963
Vanessa F, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we are very lucky to have such wonderful Captains! We look forward to seeing you again soon, maybe for some lunch as well? More 

Icklesham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

A great place to visit with family or friends. We've breakfasted here, camped here, caught their boat to the castle many times, and also hired canoes to go down river. It's a place we always return to. Highly recommended!

Thank Spennyspiderlegs
Vanessa F, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

So good to read your review and look forward to seeing you time and time again. Thank you More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a quaint little campsite that comes with a lot of charm and is perfectly situated on the Kent and Sussex border. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking and the accompanying river only adds to the "picture-postcard" feel. We stayed for a weekend towards the end of the season in late October 2016. Because of this we were lucky enough... More 

Thank Chrissansom
BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the trouble to review our little site. I'm so pleased you liked it here; we were worried it would be too cold for you. This is the latest we've ever been open into the Autumn as camping tends to wind up here at the beginning of October, so you guys were impressively hard core! In terms... More 

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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We were staying close by (self catering accomodation ) and decided to use the kayak hire facilities. We booked the kayaks for another day and decided to stay for a drink and sandwich. The sandwich was fantastic,exactly the type to be found in an upmarket independent deli. Fresh , good quality ingredients. My mother and I used the cafe again... More 

Thank MartyHel
BodiamBoatingStation, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, we love hearing people would recommend us to their friends. We like to pride ourselves on great food and service and are glad you agree. When you are next in the area you will have to take our ferry trip down to Bodiam castle and come back for some lunch! More 

St Albans, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Peaceful trip on the ferry to Bodiam Castle - or you can hire your own rowing boat or Kayak. The food choice in the café is very good - including cream teas. From the café you can look out over the Rother Valley, and see the steam trains that run between Bodiam and Tenterden.

Thank GHB62
BodiamBoatingStation, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

So pleased to hear you loved everything we have to offer here. Our menu changes often, so there is always new choices to wow your taste buds. If you enjoyed the ferry, our Captains table lunch is definitely worth a try, with a return boat trip and two course lunch you can't go wrong! More 

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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We had hired boats for the day but we had been searching for somewhere to eat with cream tea, When we had arrived the cafe they had on site was really lovely and served cream tea, lunches and breakfasts. I had scrambled egg and salmon on gluten free toast which was amazing. It was a lovely atmosphere.

Thank mads_1610
BodiamBoatingStation, Manager at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, we try to create a lively and welcoming atmosphere and are glad you agree. Next time you visit, you must try our amazing selection of gluten free cakes! More 

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29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

We have visited the boasting station many times, initially to hire kayaks, later to pay to use the launch for our own kayaks, and now just to drop in and moor own own boat to enjoy an ice cream and the lovely atmosphere. It doesn't get more pleasant than this. Lovely family business, lovely food and incredible ice-cream

Thank perkyjude
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2016

We knew of Bodiam Boating Station from a recommendation from a friend, but unfortunately the campsite was fully booked so we had to stay a short distance up the road. We walked to the cafe from our campsite one morning to have a coffee and rent a boat to row up the river and where impressed with the cafe building... More 

Thank Tom V
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016

Stumbled across this place by accident as we were looking for a pub lunch. Very pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the food. We had the marinated half chicken, garnished with roasted tomatoes, dressed spinach leaves and coleslaw. The burger was high quality beef with emmenthal cheese, served with fries and garnished with cornichon and leaves. The chicken was... More 

Thank pogson
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

First of all we were so cold we kept our coats on but i have never ever tried to eat a sandwich that was so foul ! Apart from the fact the bread was stale, there was no butter on the bread, the cheese was grated to cut cost and because of the absence of butter the grated cheese had... More 

Thank merrisa
BodiamBoatingStation, Owner at Bodiam Boating Station, responded to this review

Dismayed to read such a dreadful review. I remember you coming in. We are always happy to change our menu items to suit our diners, but when you ordered a Ham, Cheese, Tomato & Branston Sandwich with Salad but without the ham, tomato, Branston & salad, I was surprised. We have so many lovely things on the menu that I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Riverside Cottage Rye Road | Newenden, Newenden TN18 5PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Newenden
  • Phone Number: +44 1979 253838
Please check out Lime Wharf Cafe, which is the cafe on the same site as Bodiam Boating Station

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