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Waterfront Cafe

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Benson Waterfront, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6SJ, England
+44 1491 833732
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon 08:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Back again with the Amersham Road Cycle Club for a sunny Sunday morning coffee. This place welcomes cyclists - there were loads - yet it has a massive river frontage with lots of outdoor seating, and a canopy when the weather demands it. For such a busy place, they are really well staffed, and don't be put off by the... More 

Thank deehell
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place gets more and more popular but for me it has been spoilt. It used to be a good stopping point for a cup of tea, some home made cake and watching the boats go by. Now it is a victim of its own success. Parking was difficult and we had to wait for someone to leave. The place... More 

Thank Derek B
Wantage, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been there today with good friends to find a much vamped café/restaurant right by the river. Parking was an issue as the car park was full at 12.15 and they do not take reservations. It is a beautiful setting. There were lots of tables outside but although the sun was shining we chose to eat inside to stop the... More 

Thank Nigel G
Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent lunch out, and although their was 13 of us the service was really good. Food was cooked fresh and served at the same time. We didn't have to pre order for a larger group as in some restaurants. All round a very enjoyable experience. The Eton mess is to die for, proper meringue and lovely fresh fruit.

Thank Christine B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I regularly take my elderly mother to the Waterfront & I do have to say it is very good indeed. The food quality, service, cleanliness & friendly helpful staff all contribute to it earning 5 stars in my book. It can get extremely busy on sunny days especially but they cope very well under pressure. Parking can be a challenge... More 

Thank Bunters631
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think I've been to the Waterfront Cafe for all of the types of visit Trip Advisor covers (couple, family, friends, business and solo) spanning at least 10 years. It such a versatile place to visit - with an extensive menu to match. I've seen it grow and change so much over that time. Various seating options: Decking on sofas... More 

Thank Tang18
Level Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Eight of us sat outside last Saturday with the dogs. All food is freshly cooked and served quite quickly. I recommend the gammon with eggs and chips. This was a large thick excellently cooked and presented dish. Loved their chips. We ate here twice so it must have been good! One observation , not a complaint. Drinks are not cheap.A... More 

Thank alanterri D
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit here regularly, food excellent, venue great. New canopy allows outside dining if wet which is great if you have your dog with you. They do allow dogs in the small conservatory section which is great.

Thank TeamArmstrong2016
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always been great food never had a bad meal, enjoy this place it is Fab! Sitting by the Thames in the evening with a wine, good times.

1 Thank Andy P
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. The location is superb come rain or shine. Great menu to suit all tastes & ages; it's food we all want to eat!and it's pitched just right price wise. Service prompt, food of great quality & always always has tempting specials! Parties of 6 or more should book. We were a party of 8 & I often... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we are glad your family enjoyed their time with us. Once again thank and the team look forward in seeing you again soon More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 19
European, British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Digital Payments
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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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