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“Perfect lunch spot before a boat trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lime Wharf Cafe

Lime Wharf Cafe
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Newenden
Price range: US$6 - US$31
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Recently opened & sharing the same site, our restaurant is a stunning, Scandinavian boathouse inspired building, offering a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere, with indoor seating for up to 60. Indulge in a lazy breakfast made with locally sourced produce. Sample our authentic Spanish tapas, our popular burgers & other lunchtime delights or treat yourself to an afternoon cream tea. Grab the kids a treat from our ice-cream parlour & watch them let off steam playing ball games in the secure play area, whilst you enjoy a chilled beer on the sofa. The building lends itself well to private parties in the evenings and we host regular music themed events. Dog friendly. Open Feb-Dec
Horsham, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
“Perfect lunch spot before a boat trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We decided to visit Bodiam Castle this Sunday and then did some research on TA as to where to eat lunch - upon which we found this cafe's excellent reviews - and realised we could also visit the castle by boat - perfect!
We arrive about 1230 and managed to grab a table on the decking in the sun. We spotted the tapas section on the menu and ordered 4 different dishes - chorizo, spicy prawns, patatas bravas and fried calamari. All very tasty. Calamari was a generous portion, chorizo rather meagre and we could have done with a little bread to mop up the lovely juices but that's being picky! We also had 3 soft drinks between us and the bill was £33 if I recall correctly for the 2 of us. We really enjoyed our lunch.
After our trip to the castle and back via the cruise, we came in again for late afternoon drinks - tea and hot chocolate.
It's a lovely welcoming and buzzing environment, and they've managed to produce something out of nothing. This must have been a basic field fairly recently with space alongside for camping, but now the cafe is fenced off from the camping area and has lovely flower beds of bee friendly plants and a further grassy area with picnic tables in addition to the decking and cosy inside seating areas. Very attractive. Shame the cafe doesn't face the adjacent river, but there's a farmyard in between and the boat shed. Can't have everything!
The boat trips can be booked from a little desk inside the cafe (if you've not pre-booked) and are worth doing too, for a change of scene/escape from the car. £11 per adult 45 mins to Bodiam castle and back - you can choose your time of return to fit with your plans at the castle so you can make a day of it. The canoeing looked fun but there's quite a current so you need to be feeling energetic, and both of us have old arm injuries - that's our excuse anyway, for sitting back and relaxing instead.

  • Visited July 2016
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Thank Roundy
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English first
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
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“Boating up the river and fabulous Cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We saw an advert about a river trip from Newenden Kent run by Bodiam Boating Compamy Lime Wharf cafe Newenden to Bodiam Castle. Had been to the castle before and driven so arriving by river on a very hot day was perfect. The timetable also fitted in with our day very well. Coffee/ Tea cake before we boarded in the cafe must say the cooked breakfast looked fab so we will go earlier and have that next time. Boat was 12.45 there was one at 10.30 first of the day. A lovely 45 min meander up the river Rother in an old Royal Navy life boat very friendly captain. Arrive at Bodiam castle National Trust. Lunch tour the castle 16.00 boat back. Afternoon cream tea. A lovely day the cafe has a good full menu all the food was homemade and looked lovely.
You can hire canoes there launch your own from there £5.00 also charter the boat for private group to cruise to Rye. Summer Saturday's they do a sunset cruise take your picnic wine on board or dine on your return at the cafe/restaurant.
It also has a small camping site.
A lovely place that you would just drive pass as it is just back from the road before the bridge. The steam railway also runs by.

Visited July 2016
Thank Kimbearly28
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great Find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped off for mid morning for coffees on a cycle ride having been recommended this cafe by lots of people. The minute we walked through the entrance we were really impressed ... a beautifully designed cafe, views out to a decked terrace area and field beyond and an immediate friendly welcome by the staff. It was such a beautiful day so we chose to sit outside and enjoy the views. Coffee was excellent and the raspberry sponge cake divine! There was such a lovely ambience throughout with relaxing background music playing and very attentive staff. Wished we could have stayed longer, will definitely be returning soon.

Visited July 2016
Thank JudithC1964
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Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Lovely cafe with great food and staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We hired the whole campsite at Bodiam Boating Station, where the cafe is situated in the first week of July to hold a mini festival with friends. The cafe catered for us on the Friday night (with a paella for 95) and the Saturday night. Most of us ate breakfast and lunch there too. The food is great and the staff couldn't be more amenable. A great find!

  • Visited July 2016
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emily F
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Tenterden, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great setting in beautiful countryside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Good quality and reasonable priced food and drink. Very clean toilets and outside area. Plenty of out door seating and very comfortable inside as well. Very friendly and efficient staff. Thoroughly recommend Thanks from the 'Life is not an X Box' - Morocco adventure team

Visited July 2016
Thank David B
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