Waterside Tea Rooms Arundel

Tea Garden and Bistro - some of the finest food with the best view of the river in Arundel.

Opening Times

March: Tues – Sun 9.30 – 4.30

April: Mon – Sun 9.30 – 4.30

May-June: Mon – Sun 9.30 – 5.00

July: Mon – Sun 9.30 – 6.00

Aug: Mon – Sun 9.30 – 6.00

Aug: 16 – 25 Festival - Daily 9.30 – 10.00

Sept–Oct: Tues – Sun 9.30 – 4.30

subject to weather


The Waterside, Arundel is a family-run Tea Garden and Bistro located on the banks of the River Arun, overlooked by historic Arundel Castle, home to the Duke of Norfolk and his family.

Sam and Gillian Walker have recently undertaken the refurbishment of this unique venue and look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

Take a leisurely break and enjoy traditional cream teas with home-made scones while enjoying stunning views of the River Arun and Arundel Castle.

Arundel Video

Arundel Castle Arun District Council

The castle has served as a hereditary stately home and has been in the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years.

The River Arun flows through Arundel and past the castle, and flows into the English Channel at Littlehampton and is one of the faster flowing rivers in England.

Locally Sourced Fresh Food

Sam Walker consistently prepares and serves only the best seasonal and local fresh food which has resulted in The Waterside Tea Garden & Bistro being one of Arundel's most popular eating venues. Please read more about food at The Waterside here.

Special Occasions

Bath Tub Race & The Arundel Festival

August every year sees the town putting on the ‘Arundel Festival’, a jovial 2 week event with a marquee in the adjacent Jubilee Gardens. The festival is a very popular multi-arts event featuring Artists, Bands & Performers attracting over 40,000 visitors. The Waterside has a purpose built temporary raised deck area for the festival giving the best view of the stage whilst dining or enjoying a cold glass of wine or a refreshing beer. Also extremely popular is the annual ‘Bath Tub Race’ now hosted by The Waterside Tea Garden where a prime waterside seat is available to watch this fun and exciting event. Around 30 bath tubs take part in the race which is all for charity and an awards ceremony follows after the event. A good fun day well worth watching.