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Waterfront Cafe

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Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
+44 1491 833732
08:00 - 18:00
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have often passed the Waterfront Cafe but never stopped, so looking for a place for lunch with my daughter we thought we would give it a try. Unfortunately it was half term and the place was packed, however we found a table and looked through their extensive menu and specials board. We decided to eat inside as it was... More 

Thank KarenWiles
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for coffee lunch and tea, and in the summer outside dining is just great in the evening bistro overlooking the river.Attentive staff in the evenings and self serv during the day.

Thank jmwhit2016
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off here for lunch while on a walk along the Thames Pathway. Lovely location, with good outdoor seating. I had soup & a roll which was very tasty and also reasonably priced for this part of the country.

Thank Louise c
Derby, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

taken here by our son + family Great place Great atmosphere Great food----so why PUDDLED ???? Son and I had All Day Breakfast----TRADITIONALLY it comes EGGS BACON SAUSAGES TOMS/BEANS MUSHROOMS HASH BROWNS TOAST B+B We got EGG BACON SAUSAGES B+B-----Not quite the Full English

Thank brian m
chris p, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Brian Thanks for your review but we are unsure why you are PUDDLED Always RTM when looking at restaurant menus, we have 5 different breakfast's, Waterfront, full, classic, vegetarian and all day. They all have different combination. Extras available to make your desired breakfast to the individual taste. More 

Bracknell, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch on a recommendation and was really pleased we did. Lovely location by the river, basic inside but a wide choice on menu. Burgers, beef and chicken were enjoyed by all in the group. Normally you order at counter but as a group of 7 they took our orders. Will visit again if passing.

Thank simon w
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48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went for lunch with a family member, I had the posh fish sandwich, priced at £9.75! The chips were average, the fish batter tasted of not too clean oil. Certainly not worth just under £10.

Thank Sue H
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Used to visit here regularly for breakfast when we had a boat on the Thames so know what it is good for. On this occasion we had a late breakfast / early lunch and despite it being a weekday in December we still had to wait for a table (that is not a complaint!). The food was cooked fresh to... More 

Thank peterindevon
Spain & UK
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I have only given it three stars as it is only a rather large cafe catering for boat people, walkers and casual visitors. Very good value basic food - I had a lovely meat pie - cleanly and quickly presented on wooden board tables. They call it a Cafe, Bar, Bistro, but we had a basic lunch and shandy so... More 

Thank PatRobinson
chris p, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Customer Thank you for your review and we are very glad you enjoyed our home cooked food from the cafe - bar menu. We offer our bar- bistro menu in the evenings from April - end of September when you can try more of our home cooked food like lamb shank, steak and ale pie, fresh red snapper or... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The website said dogs welcome. We traveled 50 minutes to the cafe, but on entering the cafe was told we couldn't bring our small dog in. We would have to sit outside or in the veranda which was cold and we couldn't take our coats off. Their dog policy should be make clearer on their website.

Thank Jonathan C
chris p, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Customer We have added another note on our web site to mention that Dogs are welcome in our heated veranda or covered outside area ( heated as well). We are sorry the original information appeared not to be clear. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I always wanted to visit this place and finally got the chance. What a let down. It was crowded noisy and not very welcoming. I was pleased to see a selection of gluten free items on the menu and ordered the vegetarian chilli which arrived quickly however it was far too spicy to eat. The first mouthful left me with... More 

Thank Susi567
chris p, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Customer We are sorry the Chilli was too hot for you, our chilli is home made with quality mince from our local butcher and does contain various types of chilli and spices and each chef makes it slightly different. It is difficult to get it right for everyone's taste but we always have fresh yogurt for customers that like... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 19
European, British, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Wallingford  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +44 1491 833732
The award winning Waterfront Cafe is situated in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, perched on the banks of the River Thames at Benson.The cafe is open seven days a week throughout the year serving food all day. During the summer months (April-September) the evening bistro is open Tuesday - Sunday evening until 10pm - Mondays 8am until 6pm.The idyllic setting makes it a perfect place to watch the stunning sunsets over the river with a glass of wine.Opening at 8am the cafe is ready to serve the early risers breakfast. A traditional full English, Eggs benedict, bacon sandwich,freshly baked Croissants and Danish pastries are just some of the choices available. Daily homemade specials are excellent value and always popular with the regulars. Alternatively we offer our all day menu with a wide range of homemade favorites, lighter plates and freshly baked baguettes which can always be taken away for those on a tight schedule.The cafe is also renowned for its impressive selection of homemade cakes and desserts and is popular with those with a sweet tooth. Ice creams or cream teas can also be enjoyed on the large patio - weather permitting!During the summer months the evening bistro comes alive and offers an additional menu which allows our chefs to showcase their culinary talents.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?