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Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens

Houghton Bridge, Amberley, England
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Ranked #4 of 5 restaurants in Amberley
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
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Sussex
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a wonderful evening meal on the riverbank watching the sunset. Newly opened on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings this is a chance not to be missed. We enjoyed generous starters of a Spanish influenced cold platter, pate, a pizza and 'river' burger washed down with reasonably priced beer and wine. The setting is great and if you have... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed visiting this cafe on a very sunny day and the views of the South Downs and river were brilliant. The tea was excellently presented in bone china cups and teapot and tasted good. The fruit cakes were the best that we had ever tasted. The prices were very steep, but we will return due to the location and... More

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Dorking, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Have been using this tearoom for a few years and has always been ok. On the last visit we ordered a cream tea with a plain scone, the scone was not cooked and could not be eaten,the scone was taken away and as it was the last one we could not have another one. I have been in business for... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, you are quite correct and we shouldn't have charged you for your tea, it was an error that shouldn't have occurred. Please accept 2 free cream teas by way of apology, if you could e-mail your details to me at francesca@riversidetearooms.co.uk I will ensure you will have a fantastic visit next time! Regards Francesca More

Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I last visited this establishment probably about 2 years ago as I call in there usually at the end of a days walking if I've missed the train at Amberley station or need refreshment before travelling home. Then I was greeted with a basic clean cafe type area hung with local pictures and selling local produce (jams, cards with local... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, to clarify our position we are having approximately 1000 customers visit us every week, a large percentage are walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists who don't feel out of place with our new decor, we welcome everybody in exactly the same way as we always have! I think that suggesting "another area for the more rough and... More

Worthing, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I have visited this tea room for many years but sadly will never visit again. Everything about it has deteriorated in the last few years. The tea room occupies a stunning position next to the river and ancient bridge but appears to be attempting a tropical look with palm trees and oddly metal tables. The menu is incredibly expensive but... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I must however take you up on a couple of points as you have chosen to share your opinion on a public forum: Expensive"? No, we are no more expensive than any of our local competitors and please feel free to visit them all to check. Our business has had a large investment made over... More

West Sussex
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Denise and I have been going to the Riverside since Frankie and the family took it over must admit they were a little bit out of there depth not being in the catering trade before. Last winter they were flooded for a few weeks but they have come back with a vengeance with bloody hard work and determination. There staff... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you Tony and Denise for always supporting us, rain or shine, and for standing up for us on this public forum! 27,000 customers cant be wrong! We look forward to seeing you and Ricky and your lovely friends that you bring here very soon, Kind regards Frankie x More

west sussex
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Thought I would try this tea room once more after giving it a bad review in the past. Unfortunately things had not improved - very tasteless food not deserving of the very high prices charged. The only good thing about this tea room is the position - great if you want to while away some time by the river, but... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Not wasting my time on this - you said you were not returning???? Probably best you don't return as my other customers like and appreciate what we are trying to do hence the other outstanding reviews. More

West Sussex
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I have recently started to drop in on the Riverside cafe on my way home from work on Fridays! They make an excellent latte and I really enjoy sitting down by the river in their gardens. The staff and owner are always so very lovely and very welcoming. I would highly recommend this great cafe. Their cakes are excellent and... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - it is so lovely when customers enjoy and understand what we are trying to achieve! Many thanks and see you soon! Regards Francesca More

Croydon, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The location of this establishment is just gorgeous, especially on a warm summer's day, with terraces overlooking the river, the beautiful Houghton Bridge, with a back-drop of the South Downs - just can't beat it! Just 2 minutes down the road from Amberley Chalk Pits Museum and Amberley Railway Station and it has a lovely pub opposite - what more... More

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francescula, Owner at Riverside Cafe Tea Room and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review - I am so sorry your husband couldn't enjoy his visit due to ill health but we hope you will return and visit us another time! It was my pleasure to help out and it was lovely to meet you both, Regards Francesca More

West Chiltington, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I'm a local who uses the Riverside Cafe a lot! Love the location, staff, food and friendly atmosphere. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you want some quiet time or to entertain friends and family. The gardens are particularly interesting as the owners have planted some REAL palm trees! Not an easy task and I'm sure the staff would be happy... More

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