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Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire

Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA, England
+44 7779 930236
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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Closes in 25 min
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited Arundel with our 2 Labradors. We were looking for a good breakfast and my goodness it was excellent! All freshly cooked and served with a smile. A lovely happy team in a delightful setting along the side of the river where you can watch...More

Thank Barley13
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Was out on a family day at the weekend, and stumbled across the beautiful place. The staff where so friendly and welcoming looked after us so well. The food was proper home cooking and very large portions. The range off homemade cakes where also very...More

Thank dawnie548
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I came to this cafe today and what a delight staff where very very good happy and polite service was brilliant and was very clean all home made not often u come across such a little gem like this well done guys u are doing...More

Thank traceychelsi
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Uff. Where to start... staff.. seems like family ran business of people that never worked in a proper restaurant environment. Hence why the "caffee" is a complete mess. 😂😂 When you want to order, you'll be able to see 80% of the kitchen and oh...More

Thank tiborius
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Nothing personal! How dare you! Family run cafe and very proud of it! Happy place yes! Fresh food yes! Happy customers yes! Did you complain at the time??? No! Why not if so worried?

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Indifferent Service,Indifferent Food and Poorly Maintained what a shame given the great riverside location,will go elsewhere in future.More

Thank Marvel53
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I think I will let all our previous 5 stars on Food and service talk for themselves. As for poorly maintained when you have a café which is on the river and outside it is very difficult to put furniture away so by the end...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely cafe is located on the river at the side of the car park opposite the entrance to the castle entrance. Great start to the day with Coffee & Bacon sandwich , Lovely friendly people & nice food. We ended up going back for...More

Thank Ray H
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so pleased we could help you and glad you came back to us it was a pleasure to serve you

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch, just two of us. The person behind the bar wasn't really interested in taking our order, more in their conversation with colleagues, but she did finally notice that we wished to order a meal. But even then she was a...More

2  Thank Cappacino_Girl
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am very sorry for your impression of us but I can assure you we are very happy friendly people and pride ourselves normally on our fab customer service but I can only apologise for the girls they were off on holiday the next day...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here by chance after visit to the castle. The scones were amazing and lovely friendly service.Beautiful sitting in the sun watching the river go by.Lovely place excellent value.

Thank 452kathyd
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you for appreciating the natural beauty of the place

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for lunch on arriving in Arundel, nine of us. Didn't choose via T-A (which is unusual for me), just for convenience. Cannot praise highly enough the wuality and variety of the sandwiches, baguettes (and the ploughmans). All served with a smile. Very highly...More

Thank DartGuru
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you so much for your review from owners and staff

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came for breakfast, didnt disapoint. Good selection. Really friendly atmosphere. Staff really attentive. Coffee could be stronger. Will definitely come again.

Thank Karen B
sharyn t, Owner at Waterside Cafe and Boat Hire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

strong coffee waiting for youo next time! thank you

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Questions & Answers
jan g
April 24, 2018|
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Response from sharyn t | Property representative |
We are in the castle car park which has an over flow as well which is now open. So should be no problem. Look forward to seeing you
Penny B
February 4, 2018|
Response from sharyn t | Property representative |
Yes we do it's £6.50 or large £12 we are only opening10.30am till 3pm at moment due to cold weather and not having inside seating only enclosed seating. When the sun is shining it's lovely as South facing cafe by the river
May 27, 2017|
Response from sharyn t | Property representative |
Sorry didn't see this request! we open 9.30 in morning and do not have a set time to close because if the sun is out and warm we stay till all customers have enjoyed the evening sun! boats stop at 4.30 weekdays and 5.30... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $16
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Arun District  >  Arundel
  • Phone Number: +44 7779 930236
  • E-mail
We are a café on the river Arun, we think we have the best view in Arundel! We serve fresh cut bread for your sandwiches and everything is made to order, so either wash down with hot drink or a glass of wine or beer. The cakes are all made on the premises along with the sausage rolls and soup. We have under cover and outdoor seating along with clean toilets. We also provide a self drive motor boat hire service which allows you to drive to the black rabbit and back so you can view the castle from the river. We put down shut at 5pm but if there are still customers around we stay open longer. We are a family run business who cater for Gluten free diets we also carry soya and Almond milk for those intolerant to milk.
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