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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Cafe, British, Healthy, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 18 January 2021

A lovely garden centre with lots to see indoors and out. Easy parking. Friendly helpful staff. Yummy lunch at the cafe followed by a look through the shop and a visit to the big man in red and his trust elves. All very Christmassy and...enjoyable. Covid rules and precautions followed by all staff.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2021

Dear Creamteasforever, Thank you very much for leaving us a lovely review. We are very glad that you had an enjoyable lunch at our Waterside Cafe, and that you enjoyed visiting Santa. Also that all our covid measures felt safe, and that our friendly team...More

Reviewed 24 December 2020 via mobile

Lovely Christmas Meal at Waterside Cafe this week. Good menu choice, licensed, friendly staff. Great place to stop for coffee or lunch with good selection of cakes, scones etc. Excellent daily menu too. There is seating available outside too. (Corona virus procedures in the cafe...very good). Look around the garden centre and shop while you are there.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2020

Dear Sandidee, Thank you very much for leaving us a lovely review. We are very glad that you had an enjoyable meal at our Waterside Cafe, that it all felt safe, and that our friendly team looked after you well. Thanks and kind regards, The...More

Reviewed 21 December 2020

Yet again, the Waterside came up trumps for an occasion! Undercover, yet outside, so very safe, we had a lovely lunch, just perfect for what we wanted! Our puppy was happy to be with us too! The service is always very warm and friendly. Thank...you everyone!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2020

Dear Jo, Thank you very much for leaving us a lovely review. We are very glad that we could accommodate you in our undercover outside area for your birthday lockdown lunch, and that it all felt safe, and that our friendly team looked after you...More

Reviewed 7 October 2020

Food excellent and staff friendly welcoming. A really lovely cafe that I visit a lot. I think that Stuart and staff have shown to be very efficient in this present climate of the Corona virus. I feel personally am very lucky to have this practically...on our doorstep.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2020

Dear Kimmy, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe, and that everything feels safe in the Cafe. We are pleased to hear that you enjoy our cafe regularly, and that your food has...More

Reviewed 7 October 2020

We went on a cool day but we’re delighted that a new outdoor covered area had been set up! Even had an air warmer! Service was great, coffee good and we were even offered a blanket! Perhaps a step too far! Recommended!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2020

Dear Jonorman19, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe, and for your recommendation too. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our cafe outdoor covered area. Also that our friendly team looked...More

Reviewed 2 October 2020

Living in Bow I visit the Waterside Cafe regularly. It's a pleasant friendly place to get breakfast or lunch, or just a coffee. It was rebuilt and expanded a few years ago when the garden centre changed hands, so it's much larger (and much nicer)...than it used to be. It has a small soft play area and outdoor play area for kids, and there's an open seating area for when the weather's good. The food is good with a pretty extensive menu, with loads of fresh cakes always available if you don't want too much to eat. The staff are friendly and helpful with quick service even when it's busy. Highly recommended if you're in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2020

Dear Fearnside, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe, and for your recommendation too. We are pleased to hear that you enjoy our cafe regularly, and that your food and coffee has been...More

Reviewed 2 October 2020

A really lovely cafe tgat we visit regularly . The staff are always friendly and welcoming, and the food is great. They do a fabulous cooked breakfast, substantial main meals and delicious home made cakes. There is a lovely light and spacious eating area, which...is particularly welcome in the current circumstances.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2020

Dear Deborah M, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe. We are pleased that you enjoy our cafe regularly, and that your food has always been good. Also that our friendly team have...More

Reviewed 2 October 2020

Nipped in for a veggie breakfast with my husband - lovely welcome and table service, which was polite and timely. Food was great - particularly good veggie sausages.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2020

Dear Tamsin, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe. We are pleased that you enjoyed our cafe, and that your veggie breakfast was good, especially the vegiie sausages. Also that our friendly team...More

Reviewed 8 September 2020

The ‘Eat out‘ scheme was on so there was a small queue which was expected Lovely friendly staff took our order and food did not take long to arrive. Was pleasently suprised at the size of the portions for the price we paid , freshly...cooked and piping hot. We will definitely be back another time when back in the area and highly recomend well done and thank you.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2020

Dear Col W, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe and for your recommendation. We are pleased that you enjoyed our cafe, and that your lunch was good. Also that our friendly team...More

Reviewed 2 September 2020

Since moving nearby three years ago we have been very regular visitors to the Cafe. We have had breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and just popped in at times for a cuppa and cake. No matter what time we arrive, or how busy they are, both...the service and food have been fantastic. Sunday roasts are sublime 😍. During the current COVID climate, they are scrupulously clean and have the customers safety and comfort as their priority. We have no hesitation in recommending this marvellous find in the country.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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WatersideCafe_BowGC, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2020

Dear Jane, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review for our Waterside cafe and for your recommendation. We are pleased that you have enjoyed our cafe regularly, and that the food for Sunday roasts, breakfast, lunch, afternoon...More

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Danielle R
15 July 2018|
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Response from WatersideCafe_BowGC | Property representative |
Hi Danielle, Yes, dogs are allowed in the shop and oustide the cafe on the decking and patio area, and very well behaved dogs are allowed in an area inside too on inclement days. Thanks and kind regards, Bow :-)
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