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Lime Wharf Cafe at Bodiam Boating Station

Muddy says: A gorgeous, rustic, licensed restaurant and river activity centre 6 miles from Rye and 8 miles from Cranbrook. Perfect for a family day out, with boating and camping on offer. Did we mention the cocktail bar too?!

EATING OUT:
Lime Wharf Café
If you’ve not yet discovered this Muddy gem, it’s a seriously gorgeous rustic restaurant, housed in a Scandinavian boathouse-inspired building at the Bodiam Boating Station. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a post-dog-walk coffee and cake or planning a family day out there are a whole host of delicious treats on offer at this stunning café. Bodiam Boating Station has become a popular summer, family-fun day out for river cruises, boating and camping – but the brilliant café is a destination in its own right.
There is great menu offering breakfast (made with locally sourced produce) and lunches with anything from a warming homemade soup to authentic Spanish tapas, burgers and seasonal specials. This is somewhere you can pop in for an afternoon tea or chill out on the terrace in the warmer months with a cold beer or cocktail from the outside bar. Rather helpfully the children can also be entertained while you have a well-earned rest – there is even an ice cream parlour in the summer and a play area for the kids.
With loads going on at the Lime Wharf Café throughout the year – like the fabulous Christmas Fair or, in the summer months, weekend BBQs and live music – there’s always a good reason to visit. The café is a really stylish venue and makes an original option for your next party – keep it up your sleeve to hire out for private events and parties.
BOATING:
Bodiam Boating Station
The activity centre offers fun and affordable days out for the whole family. Amble up the River Rother at your own leisure in one of the rowing boats, kayaks, tandem kayaks, Canadian Canoes or SUPs. Alternatively, take it easy, and book onto the 45 minute ferry cruise to National Trust’s Bodiam Castle or even to Rye. There’s even ‘Cruise & Dine’ packages or 3-hour sunset cruises (which are also available for private hire. Trips run Easter to Oct. Max 24 passengers).
CAMPING:
Riverside Cottage camping
Sit back, relax and watch the Kent & East Sussex Railway steam trains as they chug by in the distance. For the Bear Grylls amongst us campfires are encouraged and the owners can provide fire pits, wood and even marshmallows (should you have forgotten your own). There are 25 pitches (half with electric hook-up), catering for Motorhomes, Caravans and tents.
A really magical mix of experiences that couldn’t be more Muddy if it tried!

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