Molesey Lock Cafe opens

I have just visited Molesey Lock Cafe which has now been open for two weeks.

The new cafe is being run by Ruth Knight who is a river user, a Dittons Skiff and Punting Club member, and had the idea for a cafe on the site for at least ten years.

Walking east from Hampton Court Bridge you soon find the Thames Path passing between the lock (right) and the cafe (left).

There is a garden with shelter for bad weather. The menu includes hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes, sandwiches and ice cream.

This facility on the towpath is perfect for walkers and is open daily 9am to 6pm until the end of September.

The further surprise is that the Environment Agency hopes to open more cafes at locks along the River Thames. Goring could be next which will be handy since the tea shop by the bridge is only open on weekdays and even then closes at 5pm just as you want tea.

13 replies on “Molesey Lock Cafe opens”

I have recently visited this lovely cafe, ( the season opening day 2014) and although not run by Ruth any more it is now hosted by a charming new owner in Sean.

With the same homemade cakes being baked by Ruth i am sure this delightful cafe will become a firm favourite with locals and walkers.

Good luck Sean on the season ahead.


Bank holiday weekend and passed by this cafe on a family stroll.

Excellent service and a very pleasant setting but the coffee is the real winner here.

We had a varied selection of the food and all was well made and presented on crockery not the usual paper plate as in most cafés around.

It looks like the new owners have pride in what they serve and are so welcoming to all, especially kids and tired dogs lol.

A welcome summer addition to the area.

I must say that the sign outside says BEST COFFEE IN TOWN

They are not wrong there.


Totally delightful setting with a good selection of snacks.

The cakes are to die for,,,pity i cant take back to Texas!!!

And the coffee,,,,,,,delightful

Now a regular stop for our cycling group.

Wonderful setting and great service.

A regular stop for us mums and we have our place under the big tree every Friday.

All the cakes are to die for and service is so friendly and welcoming.

If you live local you need to try here.

Molesey Lock Cafe is a must for people who like good coffee, home-made cakes and friendly efficient service. This was our favourite stop every morning on holiday and we heartily recommend it for fresh sandwiches and lovely confectionery at very reasonable prices. Shawn is a most genial and obliging host who will brighten your day with a chat and a laugh. Enjoy!

Great location.
Great food and drink.
Great prices.
Great location.
Great hosts.

All in all,


What a fantastic find!

We are a group of walkers doing the thames path walk, and we found this fantastic cafe at a much needed time!

Great fresh food and fine coffee, as it says THE BEST IN TOWN.

We are doing the reverse walk next year and this cafe has already been marked down as a must.

Easily the friendliest and most pleasant cafe stop so far, it will take some beating.

Jenny Barnes

Open again after winter hols, and us regulars are glad.

Same service and great food as last year.

For some obscure reason some one in higher authority is going to close the cafe down
which is a tragedy as it is used by so many people and it will be a great loss as such a great cafe to rest a while and to drink a great coffe and chat to Shawn and other customer.

EA politics has seemingly closed a great cafe with their petty and interfering staff.

After speaking to locals, a jealous vendetta was made against the cafe, which was a very popular place with fantastic hosts.

Rumours will start to circulate, but from my info Sean and his wife quit the cafe because of personal grudges held by EA staff, and the fact that many promises were never kept, and the lack of vision from the EA.

I Wish them all the best.

Well well what a shame!

What for the past two years has been a wonderful cafe serving the best coffee around for both value and taste, along with a vast array of homemade cakes, has now changed hands.

New owners seem to have no personality which is a terrible thing in that industry but the real let down is the coffee,,,,£2.50 for terrible coffee!

£1.50 for a can of drink!!!

And cakes bought and still served in supermarket wrappers at crazy mark ups!!!

They need to resolve these issues or a fabulous cafe will die a quick death!

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