River Exe Café

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Created back in 2011 using two flatbed barges and a shed! The base of the café is two mud hoppers from Stoke on Trent, which were transported by road down to Exmouth; sandblasted, painted and steel worked together to create a 1.7 km decking area on which to build the cafe.

We have no mains water or electricity, so we use holding tanks, new leading edge solar panels, and a generator; everything we need for the cafe has to be transported to and from the mainland by boat.

Our aim was to create a venue that maximises the incredible river views that the Exe Estuary has to offer; a place for guests to sit back and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying a modern British menu using some of Devon’s finest produce, surrounded by amazing views.

The River Exe Café can be accessed by boat: Either a Puffin Water Taxi from Exmouth Marina, or on your own boat.

The restaurant is fully covered with outside dining areas when the weather is nice, outside tables are offered on a first come first served basis.

As we are floating the middle of the Exe Estuary it can be windy so please come dressed for the changeable weather. We have heating inside, heaters and blankets for chilly days. We also have cocktails, sun hats and ice for the hot ones…

Why not push the boat out! Try a truly unique dining experience on our new upper deck. Tables are available to guests with restaurant reservations on a first come first served basis, this area is over 14s only.

We welcome everyone to the café. If you have difficulty with your mobility, we will endeavour to accommodate you – just call our friendly staff to discuss your needs. We have highchairs for babies and Dogs are welcome too!

Road Directions

We are located in the middle of the River Exe Estuary but you ccan catch your water taxi from the pontoon in Exmouth Marina.  Look for the large flag.

  • Pier Head Car Park – EX8 1ER – 1 minute walk
  • Camperdown Terrace Car Park – EX8 1EJ – 5 minute walk
  • Imperial Road Car Park – EX8 1BY – 15 minute walk

We suggest you put at least 3.5 hours time on your car park ticket.

Exmouth in the summer months can get very busy so please check for live traffic updates before starting your journey to us, leaving plenty of time for holiday traffic and road works etc.

Public Transport

Exmouth Train Station is a 15 minute walk from Taxi departure point.

The 95 Bus runs from Sandy Bay to Exmouth Town Centre via Exmouth seafront (The stop you require is the Imperial hotel) 10 minutes walk from taxi departure point.

Exmouth Land Train, arrives at 25 past the hour at Stuart Line Office (1 minute walk away from Taxi departure point)

AJ’s Taxis Exmouth – 01395 222655

Starcross Ferry – arrives at Exmouth Visitors Pontoon where Taxis also leave from.

Opening Hours:

  • Open 1st April until the 30th September

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