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The Watermans Arms

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Bow Bridge | Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG, England
+44 1803 732214
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Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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371 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I haven't been to this lovely old pub for near on 30 years after the landlord charged me £1 for an empty plate for my toddler. Well the family went back on Boxing Day and what a wonderful surprise. The interior is delightful with lots of nooks and cranny's, big sofas and tables to suit all group sizes. Excellent service... More 

Thank devonroamer
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

We were a group of 12 people and everyone had a great Sunday lunch. I had the beef - two good sized slices, plus various vegetables including a lovely shredded leek. The roasters were nice and crisp and the yorkshires not overcooked like at so many places. The food came out relatively quickly and was nice and hot. The Palmers... More 

Thank CaptainBeaky77
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We ate here on a Sunday evening in October. We rang ahead first as several local pubs were not cooking meals on Sunday evening. When we arrived we were the only table eating in the pub but received excellent friendly service and the food was great. Large portions and homemade. A good selection of vegetarian options which was important to... More 

Thank Holmfirthy
Bickington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Pulled the old girl into the car park on a dark October evening in lashing rain. Had to make haste from Haller Towers for reasons which prudence and diplomacy preclude my relating to you suffice to say that an evening in was not a viable option. So after a short amble through a gloomy dusk I happened upon this hostelry.... More 

1 Thank harryhaller22
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Excellent location, very helpful staff and great food let down by the quality of the accommodation. The location is superb and riverside beer garden a must (dippers seen on the river). The bar is cosy but the restaurant a let down in comparison with the rest of the pub (the breakfast room is much nicer though). The staff were extremely... More 

2 Thank Cliff G
Rushden, United Kingdom
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1,019 reviews
494 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 954 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

A superb pub found by accident whilst returning from Dittisham.The Watermans Arms is located by a stream with a seperate garden next to it.We called for drinks as the lunch menu did not appeal to us.A 17th century pub,internally it has a lot of character,a decent pub garden and a childrens play area.Parking is located across the road as well... More 

1 Thank shane s
Taunton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Heading down to Devon for a few days and fancied a nice roast, didn't know what to expect when we ordered a roast beef and gammon lunch but it was really nice and tasty. Very hot and served really quickly, all home cooked with very thick gravy, yummy. Only wish we had room for pudding

1 Thank Marcdr72
Andover, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We have visited The Waterman's a number of times as staying guests (we first went there when it was just a pub/restaurant back in the 1980's). As many have said the location is very good albeit a little difficult to find first visit as it is down a narrow steep approach road where a few forget that up hill has... More 

1 Thank TonyandJanH
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Superb location and outside eating area but we ate inside as it was a cool day. Good choice of roasts, well presented, well cooked and substantial. Service wes very good from a really friendly waitress. Good value, would return.

1 Thank selbysmith
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

We were travelling past on A385 when saw a sign indicating the place and thought as we hadn't eaten and it was nearing 8pm that we would try here. It's a bit of a trek off the beaten track but once we arrived here we thought it looked idyllic beside a river as my family and dog sat outside and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups, Families with children
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
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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