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Waterside Cafe

Hastings Road | Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hawkhurst TN18 4RT, England
+44 1580 754000
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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British, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Hastings Road | Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hawkhurst TN18 4RT, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having splashed some paint on some innocent pottery we had worked up an appetite and thought we would give the waterside cafe a go. Well, the food was simply superb, well presented and tasty home cooking, great value for money, all in a clean, well...More

Thank Kitbat
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very friendly staff. Delicious, freshly made panini and sandwiches. Extremely child friendly. The staff couldn't have been more helpful.

Thank FredBloggs55
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback on our cafe, we are indeed child and family friendly! Glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very good stop off point for breakfast but not quite as good for lunch in my opinion. The full breakfast is wonderful value and very well prepared. The view of the ornate ducks and geese adds to the atmosphere. The sun room and the outside...More

Thank alexandmaggie
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review of our cafe. I am so pleased you enjoy your breakfasts with us, our lunches are home cooked here using local fresh ingredients and also represent great value for money! We look forward to seeing you again soon. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous! Food was amazing, fresh, hot, homemade what more could you want and finished off with coffee and homemade mince pies and very reasonably priced. Staff were polite and attentive and nothing was too much bother. Lovely relaxing atmosphere by the lake even though it...More

Thank temo2016
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

How lovely to receive such a positive review from you! My staff have worked extremely hard to produce a quality Christmas Lunch, all home cooked on our premises, at a very reasonable price, it is to lovely to have comments such as yours to make...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

afternoon tea was one of the great I eat in the last couple of years. The place is incredible and really beautifullMore

Thank Rudolf67
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, our cakes are all homemade by my staff and we do pride ourselves on their quality and the choice available, so it is lovely to have a response such as yours. I am delighted you like our site too! Merry...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing the turkey was advertised as roast Sussex turkey but it was more like Bernard Matthews turkey roast. I have never had a roast served in a large pasta bowl, we will not be going for next years Xmas lunchMore

Thank j3w3llls
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Very disappointed to read your review of our Christmas lunch. We have had very positive feedback about our lunches from our other customers and on Trip Advisor. Did you complain to any of my staff on the day with your dissatisfaction? I assure you our...More

Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

This is the second year running that we have been to the waterside There Christmas menu is well worth the money You would find it hard to find fault with the menu.They really put themselves out from the time you walk in They have thought...More

Thank deemanch
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind review of our café and your Christmas menu. We have tried hard to think of everything and to offer it at a reasonable price and we are delighted that it has met with your approval! We look forward...More

Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

The Waterside Cafe serves restaurant style food which is all freshly homemade and extremely tasty! There is a wide variety of main meals and smaller dishes to suit everyone. The staff are very friendly and the views are stunning. My friends and I love it...More

Thank jen_lilstar
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Thank you very much for your lovely review of The Waterside Café, we are delighted that you enjoy the food we serve and our venue and staff! I will pass your comments onto my staff who are always delighted to have such lovely feedback. We...More

Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We had the most delicious afternoon tea, a choice of sandwiches and cake as well as a freshly baked scone! The service was impeccable - friendly and warm, with stunning views of the lake. Can't wait to return! My new favourite cafe 😃

Thank Kathryn T
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Thank you for your kind review and wonderful comments about our café, food and service! I am delighted you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your comments to my staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Lovely lunch, two sausage and mash and one whitebait. All piping hot and freshly cooked. Friendly staff and worth a bit of a wait. Great location over looking the lakes. No need for a pudding. Good coffee.

Thank reed256
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Thank you for your kind review of the café. I am delighted you enjoyed your visit and food. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hastings Road | Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hawkhurst TN18 4RT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Hawkhurst
  • Phone Number: +44 1580 754000
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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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