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The Watermans Arms

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Bow Bridge | Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG, England
+44 1803 732214
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Description: A quintessential 17th Century Inn, located in an area of outstanding...
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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Outdoor seating

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still as good

This was my third stay at The Watermans, and the service and quality of the food are still excellent

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
TysonRolo
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

having 3 dogs is always a problem if you want to take them with you. But this pub B & B were more than obliging. This little jewel is on the river with a great beer garden, literally feels like its on the water. The pub is quaint, rooms superb, food excellent but the biggest plus were the friendly staff.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are so pleased that you had a lovely stay with us! We are animal lovers here, and understand how great it is to be able to bring them with you! Glad to hear you liked the room! Our largest room! as it is higher up then our other... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The staff were so friendly and helpful, we arrived after the chef had left but the manager cooked a meal for us which was fabulous. The whole place had such a friendly vibe, we wished we were staying there not the impersonal hotel up the road.

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

Thank you Cathy163 for taking the time to write us a review. We are so pleased to hear that you found our service friendly and helpful! we pride ourselves on making sure everyone feels welcome and leaves satisfied after visiting our Inn! Great to hear you enjoy your food! We use all fresh local produce where ever possible and is... More 

Droitwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was my third stay at The Watermans, and the service and quality of the food are still excellent

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

Thank you TysonRolo for your lovely review! Great to hear you enjoy your third stay with us! Thank you for your nice comments on our service and food, much appreciated! We hope to see you again for your forth stay soon, and thank you again for taking the time to write a review! More 

Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

the homemade pies were yummy and service was friendly and efficient. the location of this pub is alittle remote but it makes for its charm. We will return again in the future.

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

Thank you for writing a lovely review! Great to hear you enjoyed one of our homemade pies! Cooked fresh daily and made with the finest local produce around Devon! Glad to hear you found our service friendly and efficient, we pride ourselves on giving the best service to all our guests! We hope to see you again in the future,... More 

St Austell, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My partner ,myself and our two dogs had a fabulous weekend here, the room was very clean and comfortable, and Les and all his staff where more than helpful and friendly throughout out our stay, even the dogs got spoilt.Our breakfast and Valintines dinner were both stunning . I would highly recommend it as a place to stay, if your... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us! We are so happy to hear that yourself, partner and your two dogs had a great stay with us! Thank you for your kind words on our staff, we pride ourselves on giving an outstanding service to everyone visiting the Inn and to make... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Booked this as I was away with work, paid an extra £5 that I was allowed and well worth it. Got their very late after being up from 3am and working/driving until I arrived about 9.30pm. Food had ended at 9 yet the gentleman still made me a meal. Room was lovely and the location is the same, staff are... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We were so pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us! We strive on giving a friendly and efficient service to all our guests. Great to hear you liked the room, all decorated in a Shabby Chic style that in keeping with the character of the Inn. We... More 

Lymington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

All freshly cooked, great selection even though quiet time of year. Best breakfast we've had for some time, again freshly cooked so no overlooked bacon!

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

Thank you for your lovely comments on our food! We use all local fresh produce where ever possible for the best taste! We are so happy to hear you enjoy the breakfast too, you will never get microwaved bacon here! Thank you again for taking the time to write a review We hope to see you again soon! More 

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

As usual great food nice staff. Can't knock this place always consistent, only complaint we are unable to move after eating, such large portions.Great though.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on The Waterman's. It's great to hear that you enjoyed eating here, sorry to hear you were too full after eating! Thank you for your kind words about our staff, we pride ourselves on giving outstanding service and making sure everyone is happy while visiting The Waterman's! We hope to... More 

Totnes, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A lunchtime visit on a glorious sunny day. Unfortunately, the disposition of the man behind the bar (I think he was the landlord) didn't match the weather. My wife wanted some bread with her whitebait. I asked the lady who was serving, who said that although they had bread, they could only serve the bread that was on the menu,... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Clear that previous negative reviews have been acted on. The food was plentiful and excellent in warm surroundings.

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

We are so happy to hear that you enjoy the food and the beautiful surroundings! We hope to see you again soon! Thank you for the lovely review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bow Bridge | Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Totnes
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 732214

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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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