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The Watermans Arms

Bow Bridge | Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG, England
+44 1803 732214
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Ranked #34 of 73 restaurants in Totnes
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: A quintessential 17th Century Inn, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, at the bottom of a steep valley next to Bow Creek and bridge. Hidden away at the bottom of a steep valley, the Riverside tables are perfect for savoring a pint of the fine Palmer's Copper Ale. Our Lunch, Evening and Sunday lunch menus are sourced from local suppliers and can be enjoy out by the river, or in our bar and restaurant. All our Dishes are made fresh to order so you can get the full taste from every bite. The Inn attract foodies from as far away as Exeter and Plymouth. We have two separate dining rooms, on three different levels, seating no more than 35 people in each, they have been recently updated and are now bright, airy and as modern as a 17th century inn can be! Lunch is served from 12.30 Till 2.30 Everyday. During June, July & August we serve evening meals from 6.30Pm till 9.00Pm
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We visited yesterday for my Dads 60th Birthday. Let's start with the bad points. 1. The menu we had in the cottage shown a wide range of meals and when we arrived they had cut it down to around 7 main courses. 2. We arrived at 6pm for a 6:30 table. We ordered food at 6:15 and waited till nearly... More

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The girls and I from work booked a table for Friday 4th, for 5 of us. We booked days before because the menu looked amazing and we couldn't wait to eat here. When I arrived the service was average. The waitress gave us the menu and it was completely different only offering 7 main dishes where the menu I was... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, Owner at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

We are very sorry to hear that you did not have a pleasant dinning experience with us on Friday 4th. As we have not had any internet since Wednesday 2nd July, there being a problem with the local exchange and we are still waiting on it BT to fix the matter. This is why we have not be able to... More

devon england
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109 reviews 109 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
469 helpful votes 469 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Lovely view, hoped to feed the ducks, but customers dogs took over the river. Gave our order in just before 12.00 as we wished to have an early lunch, they explained that lunches were not served until after 12.30. Sat patiently until customers who ordered after us, were being served first. I mentioned this fact to the waitress, she explained... More

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I called at this lovely old pub just for a bit of peace and quiet and discovered what was certainly one of the best soups I have ever eaten (mushroom) and a tremendous steak and ale pie. We have all probably had similar type of food at one time or another, but today was quite exceptional. The service was a... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, General Manager at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the soup of the day and our homemade pie! Both made in house with the finest locally sourced produce around! Thank you for your comments on our helpful staff! We pride ourselves on our friendly but efficient service, making sure... More

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited here last night (a Saturday) as a group of 6 for a birthday meal. The staff were all really friendly and attentive. We all agreed the food was excellent, we had tuna steak, crab salad, homemade beef burger, fish & chips and the pie of the day. My tuna steak was cooked perfectly! ! The new potatoes were... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, Manager at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed dining with us as part of a birthday celebration! We pride ourselves on our efficient and friendly service, making sure everyone has the best time here! it's great to hear that you all enjoyed your food! As for our new... More

Exeter, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Had eaten here years ago when they were rightly famous for their food. With such a lovely location and sunny evening surely we would give a high rating for our visit but the the food was not good. Partner's steak was exceptionally tough, even though the inside was almost uncooked. The outside very well done led us to surmise it... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, Owner at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We are very sorry to hear that you did not have a pleasant dining experience with us. But if you can bring yourself to try us again, and make yourself know, there will be a free meal for yourself and your partner waiting for you. Due to the... More

south devon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We visited this pub a few weeks ago to be told that they were not serving food until 7pm, visted a few weeks later to discover that they were serving food earlier than 7pm. Upon discussion with the man behind the bar we were told that they would be serving food early during the holidays, But what weeks and months... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, Front Office Manager at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We do apologise for the confusion of when we start serving food in the evenings. During June, July and August food will be served from 6.30pm in the evenings, with last orders being at 9pm. During the other Months service starts from 7pm with last orders at 9pm. Sorry to... More

Martigny, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The soup of the day was delicious and the service good. The Inn looks like a good location to stay on the river. Will certainly try it next time

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Les_WatermansArms87, Front Office Manager at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed dining with us, and that you liked our homemade soup! If you plan to visit us for a night or two, why not check out our website for room rates and special offers we have! Again thank you for writing a... More

Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

We went to the Watermans mid week for a lunchtime meal. On arriving it was quiet but by the time we left it was quite busy. We ordered a variety of different meals including soup, Sausage and mash, Baguettes and Ham,egg and chips which was big and impressive. The chips were excellent. As always the staff were great. I love... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, Front Office Manager at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Waterman's. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed lunch with us! And that you liked our chips! We pride ourselves on our friendly and efficient service, making sure everyone feels welcome and are well looked after! We look forward to your next visit, and thank you again for writing... More

Bedfordshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights recently with our dog. What a wonderful location - the sun was shining and we sat outside, enjoying a lovely Ploughman's lunch. We were pleasantly surprised at the spacious, modern rooms in the annex - not what we were expecting at all and the bed was the most comfortable we've slept in for a long time.... More

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Les_WatermansArms87, Front Office Manager at The Watermans Arms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review The Waterman's! We are happy to hear that you like our superior double room! Being very popular for how spacious they are and with comfortable queen size beds! We are glad you like it! We are sorry that our menu is a bit limited at the moment, as we are in the... More

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