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The Waterside, Barnstaple, Devon

The Waterside

4.5
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!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 10:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    01271 814086

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jimmy Bellieni

  • Area

    Barnstaple

  • Parking Details

    We have several parking spaces directly outside, additional parking available.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 51 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. D

    Dora

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

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

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely lunch

  3. MB

    MyraB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely, will return. Aaaaaaassasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  4. AJ

    AprilleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  5. NM

    NicolaM

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  6. HW

    HelenW

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely, friendly, great food, Would highly recommend

  8. R

    Rixta

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    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!

  9. CE

    ChrisE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  10. JG

    JudithG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  11. TM

    TinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  12. EM

    ElizabethM

    London

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 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.

  13. R

    Rixta

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.

  14. Q

    Quinch

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  15. RR

    RebeccaR

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  16. EC

    EdwinaC

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  17. r

    rayb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely secret location. Very nice food and efficient service.

  18. TL

    TonyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  19. L

    Ludders

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience4

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

  20. DG

    DizzyG

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  21. E

    Endedupleaving

    1 review

    1.0

    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.

  22. S

    Stumps

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  23. l

    leeh

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  24. CN

    CharlieN

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  25. SB

    StephB

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  26. HC

    HayleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  27. JB

    JBarney

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic brunch - so delicious!

  28. RH

    RobinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  29. l

    leeh

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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” !

  30. d

    debbier

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  31. D

    Deia

    1 review

    4.0

    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!

  32. N

    Nicky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very enjoyable, friendly service and lovely coffee and cake.

  33. D

    Doug

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  34. ES

    ErinS

    1 review

    3.0

    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.

  35. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  36. BB

    BrianB

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  37. HW

    HelenW

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  38. LP

    LyndaP

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  39. NS

    NicolaS

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  40. MB

    MyraB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

The Waterside is rated 4.5 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable booking network.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Barnstaple

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 10:00–17:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    We have several parking spaces directly outside, additional parking available.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jimmy Bellieni

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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