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The Watermans Arms

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Bow Bridge | Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG, England
+44 1803 732214
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Bridgwater, England, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I stop here once a year for Sunday lunch. It's the nearby place to where we stay that offers a roast. When the weather is decent, there is riverside seating at the top end a tidal reach. The river is clear water and shallow enough for paddling.

Thank Roger E
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to stop off here on the motorbike on the off chance. We were made to feel so welcome! The best soup we have ever tasted followed by the most amazing sausage and mash. We will be back for sure!

Thank Taylor8484
Belfast, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ideal place for us to stay in as we were taking the ferry to Santander the next day. The accommodation was clean and comfortable with the dinner in the pub exceptional . Only drawback was finding it and navigating some of the very narrow lanes. The town of Totnes was nearby and well worth a visit.

Thank grahamerichardson
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service was first class second time I have been and both times first class. The hospitality you get is friendly even the dog was given a chew stick.

Thank Allan E
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I organised a New Years Eve walk around Bow Creek and booked a table for 10 friends at The Watermans for NYE lunch. The staff could not have been more accommodating, looking after people arriving at different times. The ordering process was polite and informative and the food was just perfect. Many thanks to the Watermans waitress and chefs.

Thank Milligan_Lifesshort
Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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379 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 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 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 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 

3 Thank Cliff G

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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