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Waterman's Arms, Ashprington

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Of course a beautiful spot by the water I knew we were gonna be ripped off I just expected the quality of the drinks and food to be better.

The place felt a little lacking in it's attention to detail not helped of course being owned by Palmers brewery which is never good for the wallet.

Not worth going out of your way for but ok for maybe a quick pint by the river if passing.

montie49 - 16 Sep 2018 11:13
Palmers beer = nasty! shame as this could be a superb place
swoolly - 11 Jun 2016 15:23
We stayed here for a week at the beginning of July, and the Waterman's Arms truly is a fantastically well run country inn, in a beautiful location. Rob, Jainie and every single member of staff are genuinely warm, welcoming, and seem to bend over backwards to accomodate, even down to Rob giving me his daughters bike to save us hiring one for the week. Hospitality in it's truest sense, with the addest bonus that the breakfasts are amazing, the evening meal we had was gorgeous, and the locals are barmy and really friendly, perfect!. The only shame is that there's only Palmer's beers available on handpull, but Sheppy's handpulled cider more than made up for this, especially as we managed to catch the start of this year's mini heat wave. Couldn't recommend this gem of an inn more highly. Thanks guys.
SJerry - 14 Jul 2013 12:38
We stayed at the Watermans Arms at Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Devon for three nights recently (April 2013). Location is lovely, very quiet and pretty. Ensuite room was comfortable, clean and well equipped. Pub atmosphere is good, but booking a table if you wish to eat is advised. The staff are very helpful and friendly - service and food (breakfast and two evening meals) were excellent. Highly recommend and we will definately go back if in the area again
DM_Surrey - 8 Apr 2013 19:05
Hi All,

We just had our 10th visit from Cask Marque and have now scored 100% on each and every inspection. All pubs in Cask Marque scheme are inspected twice a year and we are marked on;
1. Temperature must be between 10-14 degrees Celsius
2. Appearance Brilliant is the top score which we achieved, 10 times now!
3. Aroma Appetising is the top score, yes us again
4. Taste Excellent is our score
We scored this on all three ales and have scored 100% ten times in a row!

Please ignore frustrated colleagues who are obviously quite naive about the trade although I do wish them well.

Robwatermans - 18 Nov 2012 11:39
I visited this pub about a month ago and the beer was awful. I see from other comments that Palmers didn't go down well, it's not the Palmers Beer it is someone running a pub who doesn't know how to look after real ale. I returned to the watermans last Saturday as I thought maybe they had been quiet and there had not been enough custom to keep the beer moving. Things were worse, one poor fellow couldn't even see through his glass as it resembled liquid mud. The two chaps I was with took their beer back as it was tasting musty and the bar manager changed the barrel, the second pint was a little better but not alot. My Friends then decided to give it another go and instead of having the IPA they thought they would try the Dorset Gold, Cloudy, and the copper was the same. The staff were all over the place and not one sign of the owners to help with this dilema. Please do not condemn Palmers beer, when looked after and presented properly it is great. Try the Sea Trout the other side of Totnes, maybe not so Idilyc a setting but a really good pint of Palmers beer. The Watermans has everything a pub could wish for but I don't think I will be going again with friends until the owners take what they do a little more seriously. It seems to me that they are relying on where it is rather than putting any effort in. I have given it a 3 rating purely for where it is.
jacqui2011 - 9 Aug 2012 13:35
Nice looking pub in tourist magnet waterside location. Nice enough interior with fireplace, beams etc but not particuarly exceptional, especially once you enter the rambling rear bar areas. I liked the leaded glass over the bar but have no dea if this is an original feature.A welcome destination after walkng from Totnes. I tried Palmers copper which was clean and well kept and flavoursome.
Bit pricey though at £3.30/pint.
tarkatherotter - 31 May 2011 08:48
Another super spot in Devon by Bow Bridge at the head of Bow creek, myself and my wife had gone for a short walk before stopping firstly at the Maltsters at Tuckenhay and then we came here to eat, a fair bit cheaper for food than the Maltsters but yet again beer prices are a little expensive, however, cheaper than the Maltsters from what i had. We ate here and the food was good. certainly worth a stop.
Trouty - 4 May 2011 10:21
Have been visiting the Watermans for the last eight years and staying for the last six years. My wife and I both love the location and the place got even better when Rob and Jane took over.
The food is very good and the staff are friendly. I'm not that keen on Palmers beer but it's always a well kept pint and perfectly quaffable.
I do recommend the pub to anyone visiting Devon and do so in the knowledge that they will have good beer, good food and a cracking time there.

Kwaigy - 1 Nov 2010 16:15
Stayed here. Was made instantly welcome by landlord & locals. (Good luck with the "extreme kayaking", Scott!) Agree previous comments re Palmer's beer but it is a brewery tied house after all and Palmer's is half decent. Fantastic breakfasts, good service and an all-round pleasant time was had by all.
mousefan - 1 Aug 2010 10:24
When we went for a winter weekend break we were impressed that they were making a real effort to make this pub a good experience. Palmers beer isn't the most exciting but it was well kept, food was interesting and very tasty. Bed and breakfast was also very good.
Grabber - 20 Mar 2010 09:48
Not worth getting lost for! We stopped for lunch as part of our holiday after a recommendation from our hotel in dartmouth. Really!! It took us an hour to find the place, when we did we thought it was a wonderful looking place with a country river in front. This is where the joy ended. On entering this deadly silent pub, we were greated by a slobbery dog and large branch. No sign of barman/anyone. After a while some lad in an untucked shirt, comedy (jack duckworth) glasses and skinnt tie (top button open) muttered the words "yeah what can i get you?" A map to the next pub please. Terrible. We didnt stya for food. Shame because the pub was a looker.
bobbeer100 - 2 Dec 2009 18:32
I have eaten at The Watermans many times and stayed here on business too. Really surprised at the two previous reviews. The Watermans is a pub at the end of the day so dont expect tablecloths, silver service or resturant prices. Do expect well cooked food that is made on the premises not bought in, I recently had the burger, which was mouth wateringly delicous and found out it was sourced form the cows you can see out the window ! How locally sourced can you get ! The lettuce in it was picked over night and bought in fresh the next morning from a locals farm up the road, ithe Copper is the landlords Favourite and it is a good pint ,ts all very good not overpriced and all locally sourced. The rooms are clean and cosy and the little extras always surprise me, no calling reception for extra milk portions there is always plenty.
I would and do reccommend this place to anyone who is visiting Devon and would like to take this oppurtunity to thank Rob and his wife and the staff for their hospitality which they always extend to me whilst I am staying. Cheers Guys
Faithful - 2 Aug 2009 12:22
Have never understood why this place is so highly rated.

It's OK I suppose, and the Copper good, but - when busy in the summer - has the atmosphere (in promotions and clientele) of a downmarket holiday camp.

Service indifferent on last visit - probably a function of the hoardes of happy campers as above.
grovetown - 18 Jun 2009 13:57
Visited for a meal with my family last Saturday evening and I havenít been this disappointed with a pub in ages. First off, we turned up at about 7.30pm and it was pretty much dead, which wasn't a good sign. Staff were pleasant enough though, and the beer was good, but they had only 2 steaks left. They were rare (we asked for medium) and I clearly asked for chicken and got lamb! It was reasonable but nothing special. Lots of small cock-ups like this marred what should have been a good evening - and the pub didn't get busier as the evening went on, so I wonder if the locals know something I don't.
rarinrob - 31 Mar 2009 18:23
This is a great pub. The Copper Ale is particularly good. Located in Devon with comfortable, clean and well maintained rooms. it's a great place to spend the weekend. On the food front its great to see some taking an interest in local produce and having extensive knowledge of the produce.
thorin - 29 Oct 2008 11:04
Fantastic place to drink and relax. You can while away an hour or a whole day sitting either by the river or next to the outdoor openfire, beer in hand and not a care in the world. Good food and friendly staff complete a awesome experience but don't take my word for it and visit. Amazing place to find, hard to leave and impossible to forget.
dudezoom - 17 Aug 2008 21:21
If Carlsberg made pubs...
...they couldn't have come up with this combination. Nestling in one of the most beautiful valleys in South Hams, where the River Harbourne runs into Bow Creek, which feeds the Dart, here's where you get to experience what a country pub should be. The best booze (you can share my Guinness, but drink my favourite malt and I'll find out where you live), great local food and truly friendly service - plus a congenial firepit for those who enjoy combining country air with toasted tobacco.
Come to think of it - I don't want you coming here.
scottoftheantarctic - 17 Aug 2008 15:47

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