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River Life Cafe and Bistro

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Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
+44 1288 355994
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Mon 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Enjoy a relaxing Lunchtime or evening with family and friends at River...
Enjoy a relaxing Lunchtime or evening with family and friends at River life new seafood bar open Tuesday to Sunday lunch eating great local seafood
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  • 257
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 16
    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
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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We were so impressed that we ate here twice while on holiday in Bude for a week. The seafood was superbly fresh and beautifully cooked - the scallops were outstanding. I'd recommend pre-ordering if you want lobster - we were lucky to have the last one between two of us on our first visit. The wine list is short but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is our second visit. Tasty food well presented. Well trained, efficient staff. Booked because of the seafood options. We had the paella, hake and dressed crab which were all excellent and the other member of the party had the beef which was cooked exactly as requested. The desserts are to die for. Only 4 choices so we had one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Went to river life for lunch, great setting sat out on the decking in the sun, top quality food great size portions, proper fresh fish dishes. Excellent waiter service friendly efficient.couldn't fault it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Had a very quick meal here early (6pm) on a Thursday evening. I tried several times during the day to make a phone booking but always got their answerphone, - frustrating! Tucked away in an unlikely location near a housing estate, we managed to find it without too much trouble. Fortunately the restaurant was empty so we were soon seated... More 

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Additional Information about River Life Cafe and Bistro

Address: Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
Phone Number: +44 1288 355994
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Bude
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
Cuisine: Seafood

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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 8 - 31
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Enjoy a relaxing Lunchtime or evening with family and friends at River life new seafood bar open Tuesday to Sunday lunch eating great local seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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