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Cafe on the Water

Giffords Lane | Hanningfield Reservoie, Chelmsford CM3 8HX, England
+44 1268 712182
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good40%
  • Average21%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible11%
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09:00 - 17:00All hours
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Giffords Lane | Hanningfield Reservoie, Chelmsford CM3 8HX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This really was exploring, as not that well signposted but luckily I can read a map!! Easy parking . But the cafe is far to rigid with what can and cannot be eaten. 11.30 request for sausage sandwich we were told too late and a...More

Thank MrsDMC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hot chocolate a disappointment. Breakfast menu finished early so had a mediocre sandwich and baked potatoe. Nice views but that's about it. Note you can feed ducks here but dogs aren't allowed at cafe or on the walk next door.

Thank Zoe B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to pop over to the café for a tea / coffee and a cake. Waited ages before a waiter came over to take our order. This is how the conversation went. Me, Hi, can we please have one tea, one latte and one toasted...More

Thank SPG1958
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here as on our way to Hyde Hall We both ordered the traditional breakfast. Very tasty and hot and fresh and plenty it The views are great Very clean and staff friendly I didn't see anywhere on the menu that they promoted local...More

Thank jo B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really wanted to like this place, it's close to home and overlooks the vast Hanningfield Reservoir but we attended on a day when they were very busy and had insufficient staff on duty. Desperate for a cup of tea and something to eat, we...More

Thank JohnMaclane
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have been here a few times over the years. It used to be reasonable in price and varied in menu. But its been done up and looks nice but the prices for things like the jacket potatoes are high. It's actually cheaper to have a...More

Thank DarkCrystal38
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Excellent service and local knowledge of the reservoir and the surroundings. The coffee was good and the hot chocolate exceptional. Great for car parking with one way system . Only problem was that the sign at the end of the road is only visible from...More

Thank ian b
cafeonthewater, General Manager at Cafe on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

thank you for taking the time to review. with regards the signage, we are working on getting better signage around the site. look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 2 July 2017

This cafe has a wonderful location overlooking Hanningfield Reservoir and especially so on a warm sunny day. It has a large open air terrace which is very calming as you sit there in the summer warmth and look over the reservoir. Reasonable choices on the...More

Thank BenYorkie
cafeonthewater, General Manager at Cafe on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2017

Thank you for your review. Happy you enjoy the location, and menu choices, we are continually working on improving the service especially in the busier periods.

Reviewed 18 June 2017

Have visited the cafe before with positive views but this time it is difficult to write a review if you are not served. Busy day but the place was not heaving and despite staff saying be with you in a minute 3 times we were...More

Thank nadders1
cafeonthewater, General Manager at Cafe on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Hi, Thank you for your feedback, and i am sorry you didn't get the chance to enjoy based on previous visits. Could you let me know what time your visit was yesterday. I know our breakfast service was extremely busy, our staffing was at the...More

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Took our parents for a quick bite to eat. Food arrived promptly and was good. Tried to order coffees but eventually gave up after 20 mins as couldn't get anyone to make eye contact to order despite it being pretty quiet.

Thank Adrian P
cafeonthewater, General Manager at Cafe on the Water, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I apologise for the service you received. I will look into this and review with the team. Many thanks

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18 August 2016|
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Response from KarenK19672014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have a breakfast menu served up till 11
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
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: Giffords Lane | Hanningfield Reservoie, Chelmsford CM3 8HX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1268 712182
With its spectacular views over Hanningfield Reservoir and surrounding countryside, Café on the Water is one of a kind. This is a popular destination for all with its stylish interior and quality food and drink.

You can enjoy delicious meals and scrumptious sweet treats whilst taking in the spectacular scenery. There is even a large decking area outside should you choose to enjoy your food alfresco and watch a fishing boat or two gently meander to and from the jetty.

Perfect to enjoy a meal, celebrate an occasion or refuel after fishing, everyone is welcome.
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