Café on the Water, Hanningfield Reservoir
  • Café on the Water, Hanningfield Reservoir
  • Cafe on the water Hanningfield
  • Cafe on the water Hanningfield
  • Cafe on the water Hanningfield
  • Cafe on the water Hanningfield
  • Cafe on the water Hanningfield
  • Cafe on the water Hanningfield
  • Hanningfield Café on the Water


Cafe on the Water is a stylish 48 seater restaurant which is open 50 weeks of the year. There is a further seating area outside on the decking with spectacular views over the reservoir, which is open from April to November each year. The cafe serves a selection of main meals, sandwiches, salads and desserts, along with a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages to accompany your meal.

Special menus are available throughout the year including Mother's day, Father's day and Easter.

Visit our gift shop which offers home gifts from near and far, homemade jams and jars of honey, handmade wooden toys and much more. You can’t but help take a look around this exquisite shop and take yourself a treat home

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  • Children's menu
  • Serve lunch
  • Take away service


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Breakfast available
  • Chef
  • Guide price
  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site
  • Special diets available
  • Specialities
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegetarian diet available


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Children's outdoor play area
  • Pushchairs available

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Currently closed
  • Face mask essential (provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions - Due to the National lockdown, Cafe on the Water will be closed however, we will be open for takeaway service from The Hide, 9am to 3pm, 7 days a week.
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Outside seating
  • Queuing system
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Takeaway available


  • Drop Off Point

Leisure Facilities

  • Free WIFI

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Single sex groups welcomed



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    • Value
      3.5 of 5 stars
    • Food
      3.5 of 5 stars
    • Atmosphere
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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      From the A12 take the A1245 (Howe Green) turnoff. After 3 miles turn right at the Bell Public House into South Hanningfield Road. After 2 miles, turn right into Giffords Lane just after the Old Windmill Public House, the reservoir is to be found at the bottom of Giffords Lane. Sat Nav. CM3 8HX.The nearest railway station is Chelmsford, which is 9 miles away.

      Café on the Water at Hanningfield Waterside Park


      Hanningfield Reservoir, Giffords Lane, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8HX

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      Opening Times

      Cafe on the Water (12 Apr 2021 - 7 Mar 2022)

      * The Café on the Water is open from 9am till 5pm offering indoor or outdoor dining, please see below times of servings. The Hide has also reopened from 11am till 3pm offering take out food and drinks with seating area on the decking

      Café servings
      Breakfast 09.00 – 11.30
      Breakfast Sandwiches 09.00 – 12.00
      Lunch 12.00 – 16.00

      Last Orders for drinks and snacks 16.45pm

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