A café and bistro rich in character

Visit us and you’ll find great value food and drinks encompassing breakfast pastries, brunches, exotic salads, cakes, eco-conscious tea and specialty grade, ethical coffee. River Café & Bistro Shoreham is relaxed and welcoming, sitting right opposite the River Adur.  Watch the water glisten and soak up the town ambiance from our outside eating terrace or get comfy indoors. And if you want the place all to yourself, we are also available for private hire at certain times.  We are dog-friendly for well behaved pooches on a lead, we have highchairs for the younger guests and we are fully licensed. Every day our kitchen is open for hot food orders 8.30am – 3pm (see more details). Come along and say hello, we can’t wait to meet you and we’ve got our hearts set on becoming a special part of this wonderful riverside town.


Freshly Ground Coffee

We’re proud to serve Horsham Coffee Roaster coffee from Rwanda, Kenya and Costa Rica and every month we’ll feature a special filter coffee as well. We will have a ‘bottom-less’ coffee on rotation, representing different coffees from around the world. Our baristas have all been trained to serve oat, soya, low fat and full fat milk so please just ask.  Our range will be expanding over time, inclusive of iced coffees.

Our coffees are available for purchase in bean format and we can arrange an introduction to Horsham Coffee Roasters for special orders. Our Rwandan and Kenyan beans are all carbon neutral.

Brunch & Lunch

The River Café and Bistro has a full catering kitchen where we prepare every menu item fresh on the premises.  Our bread and pastries come from Brighton’s Coburn and Baker, savouries from The Sausage Roll Kitchen in Ford and every day the chef will have at least one lunchtime Vegan Special and one Chef’s Special.

Poached eggs with grilled halloumi
poached eggs with salmon
A range of white and red wines are available.
A selection of chilled beers available in our fridge by Gun Brewery and UnBarred.

Specially Selected Wine & Beers

Our alcoholic drinks are all supplied by local wholesalers and producers, featuring at a minimum, two white, two red and two rosé wines by the glass – perfect for drinks on the terrace on long summer evenings. We offer many vegan wines, plus Pale Ale from Brighton’s Unbarred Brewery, Lager Beer from Heathfield’s Gun Brewery and local Silly Moo Cider from Cowfold near Horsham. There are many soft choices including the delicious Sip Sup lemonades from Lancing, for non-drinkers.


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Google Reviews

11 March 2024
Cool cafe, chilled atmosphere with a quirky / arty vibe and decoration. Lovely cake and coffee.
Dominic Lee
21 February 2024
This is a real gem of Shoreham, great food and coffee, very friendly and welcoming staff - what more do you want? Accommodating for babies too, two highchairs are available. Was very taken with this place and heartily recommend.
Caz Gaiger
27 January 2024
Lovely coffee
Doug Anthony
26 January 2024
Very unassuming cafe/restaurant. Was almost full when dropped in for lunch. Interesting menu, very well prepared food. Absolutely delicious! Would recommend this establishment to anyone who is fortunate to be passing at meal times. Very dog friendly.
Paul Fisher
24 January 2024