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.
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