Watercolour Arts & Play Cafe

48 Market Pl, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AG
$$ Contemporary

We are a cosy coffee shop with a play area for little ones!

Reservations

Booking Notes:

To ensure we follow the Government guidance, we kindly ask you to interact only with members of your household or support bubble in groups of maximum 6 people. Please use a mask when not seated and respect the limits of people allowed in the play area at the same time!

Business Info

  • Address: 48 Market Pl, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AG
  • Cross Street: Market Pl
  • Cuisine: Brazilian | Contemporary | English | Pizza |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Coffee Shop
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01491598510
  • Features: Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly,

Photos

Watercolour Arts & Play Cafe - Play area

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Restaurant 9:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
All Day - Restaurant 9:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
All Day - Restaurant 9:00 - 14:00
Thursday
All Day - Restaurant 9:00 - 14:00
Friday
All Day - Restaurant 9:00 - 14:00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.79 out of 5 stars based on 328 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 12, 2022
Rebecca T.
As always, great service. The perfect place for taking little ones and having five minutes’ peace! Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 14, 2022
Sarah H.
My two small children had a wonderful afternoon at the play cafe. Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter fairy and bunny who literally went above and beyond interacting with all the children and making Easter magical We can’t wait to return Thank you guys!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 13, 2022
Anne B.
Absolutely superb experience. Wonderful food beautifully served by very friendly and professional staff with the children having so much fun interacting with each other and all the toys and equipment.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 11, 2022
Lauren A.
My 1 year old loved the play area. The service was very welcoming. I love that you have a tiny tummies menu, but I would suggest adding a pasta dish for little ones with not a lot of teeth. I noticed there are options on the big tummies but the portions would be too big for a 1 year old.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 05, 2022
Duncan R.
Staff always so cheery and helpful. Good variety of activities. Our granddaughter loves it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 11, 2022
Lisa H.
What a wonderful find. So impressed with this cafe. The staff were amazing. All so kind and really relate to little people. We shall definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 04, 2022
Tom H.
I came with my son for the first time, it was a great atmosphere, clean tidy , well organised, friendly staff. Heat kids play area . My boy enjoyed the little kitchen and loved story time. Shall go back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 03, 2022
Charlotte H.
This would be my second time visiting and we love it! It’s the perfect environment for mums to sit and catch up while the babies play!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Jan 22, 2022
Monira K.
It's an amazing place to go with a toddler. Just the food/drinks are a bit overpriced, especially taking the play charge into account.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 20, 2022
Florence A.
I met a friend here with our 7 month old babies and it was the perfect place for a catch up! The babies played happily with the toys provided and the service was amazing. There needs to be more baby friendly cafes like this across the country! To be able to enjoy a coffee whilst the babies were occupied was the dream! Thank you for a wonderful time.
Business Response:
We are so happy to hear such a lovely feedback and hope to see you and your friend back in here soon! :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 09, 2022
Rose B.
Genuinely thought this was the most amazing cafe I’ve ever been to with my little one and really wish I knew about it when I was on maternity leave!
Business Response:
Thank you so much for this amazing feedback! Hope to see you back in here very soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 08, 2022
Jo H.
Amazing venue, attentive staff, great food! A firm favourite place to go for lunch with the little ones, we are definite regulars now!
Business Response:
We are so happy to hear about your expirience with us! See you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 04, 2022
Tom V.
We loved the Watercolour Arts & Play Cafe. Great little play area and good food. Slightly pricey but you get what you pay for.
Business Response:
We are so happy to hear about your time in our cafe! Thank you for your feedback, see you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 19, 2021
Linzi R.
So welcoming and clean. Beautiful toys and activities for the children. My 2 year old loved it. Excellent coffee!
Business Response:
This is so lovely to hear! Thank you so much for leaving us your feedback, hope to see you back very soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 03, 2021
Hannah T.
A bit crowded and we left smelling of cooking, perhaps they could get better ventilation in the kitchen , but great for the toddlers.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 18, 2021
Natika D.
A lovely relaxed cafe with great decor. The children had loads of fun and parents could sit back watching and enjoy a coffee.
Business Response:
Thank you for the great feedback! Hope to see you back in here very soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2021
Kate H.
Fantastic place, my little girl loved it (and mummy did too)!! We will definitely be back again soon and will tell our friends. Only wish we lived a bit closer. Thank you
Business Response:
Thank you so much for this amazing feedback! Hope to see you back in here very soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 30, 2021
Sonja S.
Love love love this place!!!
Business Response:
That is so lovely to hear! See you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 22, 2021
Louise H.
Love this place. Great atmosphere, beautifully clean, super friendly staff, lovely play area & great coffee. Winning combination.
Business Response:
We are so happy to hear about your time in our cafe! Thank you for your feedback, see you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2021
Indira W.
So happy we found this little place! Such a welcoming & lovely place. Little once can play and we can enjoy a coffee & some food with together with them. Definitely becoming a favourite of mine.
Business Response:
Thank you so much for this amazing feedback! See you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 07, 2021
Alex B.
Loved it. Great new addition to Henley!
Business Response:
Thank you so much for your feedback! See you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 04, 2021
Susan R.
I will definitely be coming back with my daughter and grandson We all loved it
Business Response:
That's lovely to hear! Hope to see you back soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 25, 2021
Anna H.
We had such a lovely time at the watercolour cafe, the food was so beautifully presented! The entertainment of Alice and the madhatter was perfect for the children, a lovely a clean play area kept the kids distracted while we had a nice cup of tea in peace. Totally will be recommending this place to everyone, it’s such a gem in Henley!
Business Response:
We are so happy to hear about your time in our cafe! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, we'll hopefully see you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 13, 2021
Anna K.
We had a wonderful time as always! Our daughter insisted on going to the Watercolour Cafe for her birthday and she loved every minute. Thank you!
Business Response:
That is so wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely feedback, we'll see you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 09, 2021
Jessica K.
Such a great place for toddlers, loved the setting, food and service. We’ll definitely be back
Business Response:
Thank you for this lovely feedback Jessica! Hope to see you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 07, 2021
Harriet B.
Absolutely fantastic - super child friendly but beautiful and enjoyable for adults too. Fantastic service and great food. One of our favourites in the area.
Business Response:
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback Harriet! See you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 01, 2021
Sandra C.
Love taking my 2 year old here. There’s a great play area which is not too big. This means us mummy’s can sit and have a drink and still keep an eye on the kiddiwinks!!
Business Response:
Hi Sandra, we're so happy to hear about your experience in our cafe! See you again soon :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
May 19, 2021
Kate C.
Food was delicious but not as much choice as we thought. We were hoping for the pizzas. Perhaps tell people when they sit down if something is missing from the menu. Only because I heard a few rumblings from other customers too x we love you guys!
Business Response:
Hi Kate! Always lovely to hear from you. Thank you so much for the feedback and we will definatelly take it into account with our staff members. See you again soon :)

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Feb 02, 2022
Rebecca D.
Our first time and I'm sure won't be our last. The cafe is lovely, with lots of attention to detail. The play area is not huge but had plenty in it to keep our three children amused (ranging from baby to 4 years old). Food is on the more expensive side and the menu is quite limited. However all of the food was delicious and was freshly made. There were also a great range of cakes, which sadly we did not try, but will next time! All staff were friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very welcome. Thank you!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 17, 2021
Cheryl S.
I lovely place and lovely idea. Just needing a little more space as there were lots of buggies and high chairs the staff were struggling to get around. Great value abd lovely food
Business Response:
Thank you so much for this amazing feedback! We're sure you will love to know that we now have a lovely safe shed on the left side of the cafe for buggys to be kept out of the way. Next time you are in just ask one of our members of staff and they will safely store it for you. See you soon :)

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 01, 2021
Laura W.
My little boy is 3.5 so at the higher end for being able to be entertained here. Maybe some older toys for him would be ideal. Thank you
Business Response:
Hi Laura, Thank you for your feedback and apologies for the delay in our response. Our play area has entertainment for children from 0 to 6 years old, some examples of toys for older kids are the birds house, slide, books, and many educational Montessori inspired toys. Furthermore, we have a few activities in the mornings such as arts and craft on Fridays and Storytime on Mondays. These happen from 9am to 11am and are included in the play charge! Hope to see you back soon, The Watercolour Team.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2021
Sarah S.
Great concept my son loved the play area. Tea was lovely but pancakes took ages and were cold. Service was OK but think it was busier than expected so not the most attentive. Overall great though and I'll be back!
Business Response:
Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for your feedback and your understanding! We are constantly training our staff to better deal with situations like this, hopefully you can tell the difference when you're next in :) See you soon, The Watercolour Team.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 23, 2021
Clare T.
My kids went for the first time this week and absolutely loved it. It was a nice place to go as it was so hot outside. Even my 8 year old who I thought might be a bit old for it enjoyed it. They would be keen if there were some art classes through the holidays.
Business Response:
Hi Clare! We're so happy to hear about your experience in our cafe :) Did you know we now have Arts & Craft activities every friday from 9am - 11am? All ages are welcome. There's more! During half term holidays we usually have special events such as magic shows, face paiting days and many others. They are all announced in our instagram and website. Hope to see you in here again :)

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Jul 09, 2021
Carrie H.
Lovely first time and our children enjoyed the activities
Business Response:
Hi Carrie, that's so great to hear! See you again soon :)

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 07, 2021
Vicki H.
We arrived on time and our table wasn’t ready. The people at our table didn’t seem to know it was booked from 11.30 and just happened to be leaving. It just made us feel a little unimportant. Everything else was amazing!!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Oct 07, 2021
Cat B.
The play area was great and my daughter had a wonderful time. I had a baby also though and the seating set up made it difficult to do anything but hold her the whole time which wasn’t ideal. The food and menu was good but we had to go and ask for things eg cutlery, to order food etc despite being told it was table service. Overall was great and we are excited to come back soon.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 12, 2021
Katie M.
Great little cafe. My 2 children absolutely loved it. The only negative is that there wasn’t anything to eat other than crisps for my dairy free child.
Business Response:
Hell Katie! Thank you so much for your feedback. We are happy to let you know that we now have vegan cheese option on our menu! Meaning your little one can have many things such as pizzas, toasties and others. Hope to see you in here again soon :)

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
May 28, 2021
Kate C.
Such a great set up. Staff were so warm and friendly. Food was great and the play area is just so fab.
Business Response:
Thank you for your grat feedback Kate! See you again soon :)

Overall: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 4/10
Apr 15, 2022
Cathy A.
A really lovely venue but a very expensive morning out for me as a Childminder with 3 children.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 27, 2021
Elizabeth E.
I think parents need to keep an eye on their children a bit more,, like climbing on top of the house could be potentially quite dangerous if they fell off, but very good idea overall