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Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
+44 1491 833732
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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Reading, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Decent hot and food here with efficient service. The place can get very busy on sunny weekends but there always seems to be space inside or outside on the terrace overlooking the river. It is possible to book a table.

Thank Mick S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We come here at least once a week as a family. A huge mistake was made on my bill- I paid £200 too much - barely an apology and no attempt to make amends.

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

Dear Customer As you were a wear the wrong figure was put through credit card and was rectified straight away! you were apologised to straight away by the member of staff, and 2 additional members of staff - the amount was immediately refunded back, I feel that all staff members dealt with this in a professional way and was an... More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to stop off on a walk along the river. There's something for everyone. Food is a little pricey, but nice if you're on holiday or when you want to get away from things and have a little treat. Cake selection looks good, too.

Thank c0rnishHK
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do a really good fry up, my favourite place in the area for a good cooked breakfast, a little more expensive than other cafes in the area, but a lot better quality of food and service, it's always very clean too. As the name suggests it right on the river and has plenty of parking too, tidy little place, I'm... More 

Thank WScrivs
Witney, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was actually there for a business lunch and would return but probably only for a meal out with the kids. We both had burgers which were okay, probably should have had a closer look at the specials board. All in all its a nice, informal cafe restaurant with lovely views of the river and access to the Thames path.... More 

Thank GJJ09
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set back from the A4074 this cafe looks uninspiring from the road, but park up and walk round to the entrance at the rear you're treated to a fantastic riverside location and a lovely cafe with outdoor seating for finer days and a modern, clean interior. The service was outstanding, food very good and reasonable value. Highly recommended.

Thank NigelnTracey
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff. Efficient service. Good bacon baguettes. Clean. Spacious out door seating area. Indoor eating good for cooler / wet days. Recommend

Thank Tony M
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I stop here regularly when out riding motorcycles. I take my daughter there to eat. A great location with good food and usually great service. Super mix of walkers, boater, destination diners, passing trade, motorcyclists, cyclists, clubs, groups and more using the Waterfront as a meeting point. From great fresh made cakes, good coffee (not as good... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place for a stop when walking on the Thames Path. Very popular cafe with vibrant atmosphere and lovely location by the riverside. Lots of seating inside and outside. We had an excellent coffee and then returned later for lunch. Huge choice of good quality food to suit all appetites. Service was friendly and efficient - orders placed at the... More 

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Cassington, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

With a view over the River Thames and extensive outdoor seating this is a great place for lunch or just to stop for a coffee. They have their own take on sandwiches (served with salad and fries) to more substantial meals.

Thank Nigel A

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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
US$8 - US$19
European, British, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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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