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Waterside Cafe

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Hastings Road | Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hawkhurst TN18 4RT, England
+44 1580 754000
09:00 - 17:00
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely view but what spoilt it for us was the undercooked bacon it looked like it had been boiled couple of the sausages looked raw & needed a lot more cooking time the eggs was hard and not good. It's a shame as 6 of us at paid a near fifty quid wasn't happy.

Thank MrJust G
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing our café. I am pleased that you enjoyed the view but disappointed obviously that the breakfast was not to your liking. I was working myself in the café yesterday and to my knowledge no one complained about the food - did you mention your dissatisfaction to any of my staff? We would always try and ensure... More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Wow what a find ! honest qaulity food at reasonable prices, lovely location for a family get together or couple at lunch time when the sun is shining, a traditional lunch menu which is varied catering for most tatses but not OTT ,reasonably priced and service with a smile,what more could you want from a cafe, lovely veiws over the... More 

Thank Punt1
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Wow what a lovely review of our café! Thank you so much. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We are trying to provide quality food at a reasonable price for all our customers and love to share our location with you all. So pleased you enjoyed your visit and food! Come back soon! More 

East Sussex
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362 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

I last wrote a review of this establishment in October 2014 and have visited the Waterside Cafe many times since. It is a very pleasant place to eat and drink, especially if the weather is warm and sunny and you can sit outside overlooking the main Carp lake with its interesting variety of swans, ducks and geese. Today we arrived... More 

Thank John_the_Cat
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments about our café and fish farm. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit this time and on previous occasions. The eggs and bacon for our breakfasts is cooked on a griddle and no additional oil/fat is used to cook them. The sausages are cooked in the oven, again involving no additional fat. It... More 

Horam, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Had a really lovely lunch yesterday at the Cafe, had a delicious pan fried salmon special! Sadly our experience was slightly marred by an embarrassing outburst from what seemed to be the owner, swearing and kicking up a fuss over ordering his lunch. Would definitely recommend the food and the other staff were very pleasant.

Thank pollardesme
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

I so pleased that you had a lovely lunch in our café and were pleased with the quality of our food and service. My husband is a volatile personality who demands high standards and he is capable of complaining bitterly when things are not to the standard he expects. He assures me his outburst was conducted out of the earshot... More 

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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481 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Pleasant setting by the fishing lake. The staff looked after us very well. The food uses good quality ingredients and has a range to suit all tastes - much better than your standard sandwich and burger style menu. One thing they could improve is the chips - with the amount they serve it would be so good if they did... More 

1 Thank sleepybexhill
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our café. I am so pleased you enjoyed our setting, food and service. I will pass you comments onto my chef about the chips! We look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Hardly any choice for a vegetarian and little care to provide anything to accommodate dietary requirements. The cafe could not even provide something as simple as a cheese and coleslaw sandwich (baguettes were too exotic for them too). When questioning whether the mozzarella was vegetarian, the clueless assistant thought it was made with goats cheese!!! Have previously eaten here and... More 

Thank pjhobbsy
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

I am sorry you were disappointed with your visit. I would dispute that there is little on offer for vegetarians. We offer a vegetarian breakfast, a quiche permanently on our menu which is a three cheese and onion flan, there is Welsh Rarebit and assorted cheese ploughman's. We have daily specials that can be made suitable for vegetarians. Our Menu... More 

Cowbeech, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

A Sunday afternoon drive in the East Sussex / Kent countryside we stumbled upon the Hawkhurst Fish Farm and it's Waterside Cafe. As you can see from the picture it is located in a wonderful setting which must be an Anglers oasis given the competition fishing events regularly held here. There is a standard menu but I suggest making your... More 

1 Thank David S V
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

How lovely that you stumbled across us and enjoyed your visit so much. Thank you for your kind words, we are delighted that you found us! As have you have noticed we have the children's fishing here which is very popular (especially on fine weather days), a large tackle shop which is an angler's paradise, All Things Aquatic catering for... More 

Burwash, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This lovely little cafe serves beautiful food which is hot or cold and very tasty. The staff are kind and helpful.

Thank MaryTaylorBEM
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of our café. We aim to serve beautiful home cooked food at affordable prices in our wonderful setting by my hard working and friendly staff, it is such a delight for us to have feedback such as yours and know that we achieving our goal. We look forward to serving you again... More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Just popped in for an afternoon tea and a sandwich with my wife . The service was good and the tea and sandwiches were good. A lovely location and we will return

1 Thank Alan S
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

So pleased you enjoyed your visit - we look forward to welcoming and serving you again soon. Thank you for your review. More 

Singapore, Singapore
1 review
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Wow! what an amazing place. It is such an idilic spot, perfect just sitting out under big shady umbrella's over looking the lake, with ducks and swans to complete to picture. There we 10 of us and all of our meals we excellent and the cakes to die for. The staff were all really friendly and make my elderly relatives... More 

Thank abarolsky
Dawn W, Owner at Waterside Cafe, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Our farm and café are very popular with visitors of all ages. There is something here for everyone to enjoy - especially our home made food and cakes! Hope to see you again soon. Thank you for your kind words. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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
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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