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Reviewed 16 January 2023

After walking round Bewl Water this is a very good place to drop into for a drink and/or a snack. Friendly staff, good tasting coffee and good view across Bewl Water. Dogs are not allowed inside but there are plenty of tables outsside with equally...good views.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

We visited today with friends for a dog walk , called in cafe first to ask directions for the walk . Really friendly and extremely helpful young lady gave us a map and pointed us in the right direction. Had a great two hour walk...which was good footpath and make a nice change from slipping around in mud. Called in the cafe for coffee and sandwiches and again was made to feel so welcome by the same young lady. Really nice visit and made nicer by such friendly staff member. Look forward to returning and our dog would say the same if she could .More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2021

After our afternoon walk around Bewl Water, we called in for a cup of coffee. Friendly, helpful staff and a good tasting cup of coffee. Sitting outside with extremely good views of Bewl Water and the surrounding countryside, it was a very good end to...the afternoon.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 22 March 2021

In these troubled times it's a bonus if you are able to get a drink while out exercising. The Waterside Cafe at Bewl Water is Covid safe. There's hand sanitiser outside, a one way system in operation and masks must be one. The coffee is...tasty but snacks are limited and outdoor seating, with a good view of Bewl Water, is available. If the weather is bad, covered seating is avaalble.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 12 November 2019

We only had tea and cake but it was fine. Meals were available to order. There were only a few people in as it was midweek and November. The indoor seating is quite small but there are lots of tables outside. I think this place...is much more of use in summer and at the weekends. Nice place to come back to after a muddy walk.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 3 August 2019

On a Friday during the school holidays we decided to take our dog for a walk round Bewl Water. We thought that we would be OK food-wise as there was The Waterfront Cafe and The Waterfront Bar & Bistro. Arriving at 11.45 we were pleasantly...surprised to find that the cafe was dog friendly and decided to have a coffee whilst we thought about whether or not to have our walk or lunch first. Although the coffee was served in cardboard cups, it was good and reasonably priced but, in regards to lunch, there was not a sign; apart from a chalked up board and sandwiches in a chilled self-service dispenser. My wife is Gluten Free and when she asked about what would be available for her, she was told that there would only be one item to cater for her diet and that food service finished at 3.00. Enquiries regarding the Bistro revealed that it was not open as there was a wedding reception that afternoon. Not a sign anywhere to show this closure. The decision was to go for our walk and find somewhere else for lunch. It was a pity because, from the terrace, with the views it has, this could be a great attraction.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 July 2019

This cafe is very large but only had one person serving on sunny Sunday. We turned up at 10am wanting a snack, but were told no food served before 12! Coffee was OK and resonably priced, however served in a cardboard cup rather than a...real cup, rather disappointing.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 5 April 2019 via mobile

We did quite a long walk round Bewl on a weekday, really enjoyed that time, and then the cafe spoilt it! It was lunch time but we had a hunch that the dinners they were serving wouldn’t be good ( it was quiet). After being...overcharged by about £9 we got the two hot drinks in cardboard cups and two different sorts of soups as they’d run out of one. Mine was meant to be tomato, but it was so strong, like puréed tomatoes, nasty! and my other half said his tasted strange. The bread to go with soup was obviously stale so they’d toasted it, and it was a very small amount. This place needs to cater for hungry walkers, cyclists, fishermen and generally people out in the fresh air, and serve nourishing tasty meals, with some care and pride in their jobs by the sound of other reviewers. We’ll take our own food next time we go!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 12 March 2019

Having walked right round (29 km!) we got back at 4.15, changed out of our VERY muddy boots and went to the café at 4.25 only to be told all the machines were off and they were shut! There were several other people in front...of us being told the same thing. When we said to the staff that all signs said 5pm and that we had just walked all the way round they just shrugged. They clearly had somewhere to go. Not good enough we set off at 09.15 so unless you set off even earlier then don't expect to get a refreshment. Not good enough! Either change the signs or tell the staff to that 5pm means 5pm not 4.15 - the machines were already clean so had been off for a good 10-15 mins before we got there.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 24 February 2019 via mobile

Loads of people there, at 9.30 no breakfasts! Really missing a trick shame such a beautiful location. Bacon/sausage rolls would be so easy.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

Fantastic views of the water. This place is a much needed stop off point after a walk in the fresh air.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Venue and view awesome. Customer service questionable. Had 2 children following £125 Santa experience. No child food obviously available. Asked for a ham sandwich which was made and ok. Tried to get another and apparently too much for the chef to do despite staff hanging...around chatting everywhere. Given the clientele likely to see Santa is children disappointing experience. My toddler made a mess with the complicated adult sandwich she had to have and that attracted huffing and puffing. Again not ideal but not all that child friendly given our reason for visiting. Shame given overall cost. Not especially cheap either with what we did have coming to £20.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Bewl water is an ideal place to relax and escape the pressures of everyday life.The waterfront cafe serves hot drinks and snacks in a most beautiful setting.

Date of visit: October 2018
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