The Aquadrome in Rickmansworth is a landscaped series of lakes on the Herts-London border, featuring waterside and woodland paths, a family friendly cafe, playground, recreation space and nature reserve.

A highlight to any visit to the Aquadrome is Cafe in the Park, the popular cafe at the heart of the area, providing delicious meals sourced from free range, locally sourced ingredients.

The cafe offers a breakfast menu until noon and a lunch menu from noon. We’d visited the cafe for lunch plenty of times before but today, thanks in part to the clocks changing, we were in time for breakfast.

On a Sunday morning the cafe was bustling with families, cyclists, dog walkers and plenty of other people from across the neighbouring areas of Herts, Bucks and London.

Compared with past visits, I was pleased to see that the hard to read designer menu previously found on the wall had been replaced by a clear drinks menu with food menus on the table.

For breakfast our table had two English breakfasts, a bacon sandwich and a child-sized sausage bun.


There is a waiting time for food and drink, which is explained on a flyer handed out as everything is freshly made. We waited around 5-10 mins for our drinks and around 20-25 mins for food at a time when all the tables inside were occupied. There are a few books for children but bringing some toys along would help pass the time. We made a couple of visits to feed the ducks, geese and swans nearby to entertain our toddler.

The food and drink when it was arrived is clearly good quality and carefully prepared. I happily devoured my full English, while the flat white was good and strong.

Cafe in the Park does position itself at the quality end of the cafe spectrum, which is reflected in the menu, food and prices. Three coffees, two full English breakfasts, a bacon sandwich and a child’s sausage bun came to around £25. The cafe is in an affluent area, so there’s plenty of yummy mummies paying regular visits, however for us the pricing places it as more of an occasional treat.

For families the cafe is as welcoming as they come, although having to reserve a table then queue to order and separately collect drinks may make it more complicated for parents visiting alone with children.

For locals Cafe in the Park is a well-loved favourite. If you’re visiting the Aquadrome it’s well worth stopping in.

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