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River Life Cafe And Bistro

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French, British, Bistro, Diner
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Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
+44 1288 355994
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends...
Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends in our cafe now under new ownership. Open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week.
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  • 260
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good to have riverlife open again!!!!!!!!!!

went in on open day, and again today and i know i will be visiting often if not to eat every time, to have coffee, the inside has been done beautifully, its bright and fresh and comfortable, our food arrived quickly and was lovely, the service was great and it is lovely to see sharon and amber... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Bude, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Bude, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Visited River Life not long after its reopening. The cafe was clean but I felt it lacked the personality and charm that it had previously. The choice of food on the menu was similar to that of most other food establishments in town, I didn't feel that there was anything on the menu that was out of the ordinary. There... More 

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Mandy E, Owner at River Life Cafe And Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback -as a new business, we welcome all feedback from our customers, which is why we have feedback / suggestion cards on all our tables. We are currently in the process of re-writing our menu to include a more full description of each individual dish. We do state on the menu to speak to... More 

Bude, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

went in on open day, and again today and i know i will be visiting often if not to eat every time, to have coffee, the inside has been done beautifully, its bright and fresh and comfortable, our food arrived quickly and was lovely, the service was great and it is lovely to see sharon and amber looking happy:) Its... More 

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Bude, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Fabulous food, fantastic staff, lovely setting, 1st class customer service! amazing new management have made a great job in appearance, it's new décor is clean, fresh and inviting. The new menu is exciting and looks great and the takeaway menu will be popular, homemade cakes with proper coffee, also offering super milkshakes. Very exciting and a definite 'must visit'!!!!

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Week St Mary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Went this morning on the first day of the new venture. Now open 8am to 6pm serving breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Had an excellent Full English with real coffee and a generous glass of orange juice. Everything was first class, the decor, service and food. They deserve to do well. Good luck!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Coffee and cake ok. Although reviews led us to want to book, the 'gentleman' who took the phone booking was abrupt and dismissive, we then decided not to bookmafter all.

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Mandy E, Owner at River Life Cafe And Bistro, responded to this review

Hi - as the new owner of Riverlife, I am concerned at your review. The cafe was closed in early June, by the previous owner, and I did not reopen until 1st August. Your review states that you visited in July - but this could not have been possible. Apologies if someone has answered the phone and been abrupt to... More 

London
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Opened the kitchen just for us. Warm friendly service and fresh tasty food. We ordered the seafood platter. Probably one of the best restaurants in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

What a shame this place has changed focus. The great quality meals were a reasonably- priced delight. Let's hope the fish restaurant lives up to the old reputation.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Unpretentious, small friendly restaurant serving a variety of fish dishes. Good, friendly service and reasonable prices. We had the paella, scallops and mackerel. All were really tasty and apart from scallops quite large portions. Only slight downside is its a 15-20 min walk outside of Bude but it was a lovely evening when we visited so pleasant to walk to... More 

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Baydon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Not sure I quite understand why the RLC is quite as high in the rankings. Location is average but in fairness inside is tastefully decorated. Food was good but a couple extra staff would have been useful. Enjoyed the meal but would not get over excited. No beer on tap and £3.25 for a small bottle of Carlsberg Export, given... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

After a lovely week in Bude, we spent our last night at River Life. Childrens meals very good with a varied menu, paella "absolutely superb" and seafood platter for 2 was "amazing". Reasonable drinks and a lovely leisurely meal. Worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Bude
  • Phone Number: +44 1288 355994

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 23
  • Cuisine: French, British, Bistro, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends in our cafe now under new ownership. Open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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