The Waterside

4.5
51 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
A family run Italian coffee shop and kitchen situated on the historic Tarka Trail in North Devon and based in the unlikely setting of a bustling and eclectic business park.
All of our food is freshly cooked to order, our homemade burgers are legendary. We don't do fast food, everything on our menu is cooked to order - during busy times there may be a wait for food.
We have adopted post pandemic guidelines which means our lunch menu changes regularly to reflect what we are able to source from our suppliers.
You can still expect delicious food made with fresh ingredients.
We have gluten free and vegan options on our menus as well as an ever growing selection of cakes and cannoli at the bar!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 51 People Are SayingWrite a review
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Dora
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service, ,but thought it was a bit expensive for location.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch

MB
MyraB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely, will return. Aaaaaaassasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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AprilleJ
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to the ~Waterside. The food never disappoints and the setting is perfect as I enjoy taking my dog with me! The owners are very friendly and the service is swift. Well worth a visit as great value for money.

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NicolaM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and lovely people. Food was to die for and the view and setting is amazing! Highly recommend!

HW
HelenW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great coffee. Lovely location by the river. Choice of inside or outside seating - we chose outside. Easy to book using Open Table and also easy to access menu using code given to us. Will definitely return to eat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, friendly, great food,

Would highly recommend

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Rixta
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I'm trying to introduce as many different people to this lovely oasis of quality tucked just off the Tarka Trail. Another combination booking in soon. Word of mouth is best - this place is GOOD!

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ChrisE
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff . Delicious food , as always . Always recommend .😊😊

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JudithG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous lunch. The best Chilli cheese burger in North Devon!

TM
TinaM
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommended the food was amazing my kids loved the chef Salad. Thank you

EM
ElizabethM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They were almost empty, but sat us in a corner near the waitstaff’s station. We had to watch them fold napkins and listen to their chat throughout our meal. I’d hear good things about the food, but it was only ok.

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Rixta
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Ideal opportunity for us to check it out- cycled from B'ple (don't really like the 'corporate' Heanton Court (or whatever it's now called), having booked on-line. Very efficient: the menu via QR code!! Friendly, very tasty - will definitely go again.

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Quinch
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly, fast service in a very relaxed pleasant atmosphere. Recommended & dog friendly!

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RebeccaR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely coffee, cakes and milkshake.
Perfect for brunch
A good stop for refreshments mid cycle ride.
We have been before and will be back again.

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EdwinaC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good to revisit. Excellent all round even in these difficult times.

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rayb
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely secret location. Very nice food and efficient service.

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TonyL
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for lunch! Good food and service in unexpected surroundings.

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Ludders
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was poor Chefs salad bit of chicken a lettuce leaf and pesto. Absolute rubbish

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DizzyG
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a lovely setting. Owners and staff very easy going and friendly. Had a lovely lunch with friends and will return.

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Endedupleaving
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unable to comment on the food as we didn't even end up ordering despite being there for 40 minutes. When i pointed out to a staff member how long we were waiting for our menu and table to be cleared she was rude and unapologetic. They dont seem to be able to cope with the number of bookings they take unfortunately.

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Stumps
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

An amazing spot; booking and ordering really well organised and all online/phone based.

Social distancing measure well laid out, most customers adhered to them.

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leeh
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

once again a great visit! My tricksy coffee request was perfectly met and those poached eggs are so good! Thank you team Waterside

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CharlieN
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We’ve been here a few times whenever we come to Braunton. The food is always excellent and we enjoy the views out over the estuary.

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StephB
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the waterside. Staff were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The restaurant was clean and comfortable. Highly recommend

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HayleyC
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu, but it meant I chose something I wouldn’t have usually, and it was delicious! Complimentary cannoli as we were on a date was a lovely touch!

JB
JBarney
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch - so delicious!

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RobinH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and excellent service. Can recommend a visit 10 out of 10

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leeh
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great venue, friendly service and excellent food. Consistently great.
30 minute cycle from Barnstaple for a family meal- fussy 12 year old said “ best breakfast ever” !

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debbier
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a pretty spot and delicious food, we often recommend the Waterside

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Deia
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate great vegan and veggie brunches - staff were really helpful and we had a great dining experience!

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Nicky
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable, friendly service and lovely coffee and cake.

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PaulaD
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, great staff who looked after us wonderfully, thank you!

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ErinS
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The Watersides food was lovely and the surroundings are just as good, it’s a shame that one of the waitresses was very rude and we had to wait 25 minutes to be served, people were getting served before us even though we arrived first. It took 45 minutes to order our food and receive it. Just glad to dog was there to keep us company.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Location & decor good.
Service prompt.
Food delicious and cooked fresh to order but we were a table of 6 & the wait for our food was a little too long.
But good overall.

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BrianB
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There was a mix up with the order. Believe the person who served us maybe had a problem understanding what we were saying.

HW
HelenW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious salad and coffee. Well organised response to current situation while keeping relaxed feel.

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LyndaP
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterside offered a safe clean and efficient service. Although serving a reduced menu, the salads were excellent and superbly fresh and tasty.
The reservation system was easy to use and enabled us to be certain of a space when we got there.
We will definitely be going back. One of our favourite cafes.
Lynda

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Cafe with a view!
Located a stones throw from the Tarka Trail. Fabulous location being on the edge of the estuary/tidal river
The cafe is beautifully decorated with many outside picnic tables.
We sat outside on the edge of the river/estuary. The tide was half out so enjoyed seeing many birds, regrets, oyster ducks etc.
The surroundings are incredibly quite, a little gem!
Food lovely, staff helpful.
Being local we are regulars!

MB
MyraB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

After checking in and parking our cycles, we almost forgot about the virus and strict regulations. Lovely position right by the estuary, swallows swooping over the water. Excellent coffee, super relaxing. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

The Waterside offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01271 814086.

The Waterside is rated 4.5 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.