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All 79 Bude Restaurants

River Life Cafe and Bistro

Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude, England
+44 1288 355994
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Ranked #3 of 79 Restaurants in Bude
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $31
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: English
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
UK
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The food is OK but tables so near to each other you find you have to listen to other peoples' conversations only like going there at quiet times. I have heard Sunday lunch is good. The coffee is nice too. In the summer a bit better when people can sit outside

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Bude, Cornwall
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We frequently eat at River Life, either in the evening or for Sunday lunch. The food is delicious, cooked to order and beautifully presented. The portion size is good too. The staff are always friendly and helpful, 'service with a smile' and really seem to enjoy their work. I always have a problem choosing desert as they are all so... More 

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Bideford, England, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

An exceptional restaurant . Four of us enjoyed Mussels or Linguine for mains, taking advantage of the special lunch time deal of two meals for £10. Good sized portions, absolutely delicious, nicely presented by knowledgable staff,followed by desserts to die for! This restaurant would put many expensive big city establishments in the shade. The only grumble being that it is... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

An impromptu decision to go out for Sunday lunch led us to Riverlife, and we were not disappointed. The roast potatoes were crispy, the selection of veg was pleasing, and there was almost too much meat on the plate to be able to finish. Deserts were pleasant, although having a gluten intolerance problem did limit the selection quite a lot.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

The food was exceptionally presented and tasted amazing. Decor was tasteful and a nice atmosphere all round. Well worth dining here. Service was brilliant. Definitely one of the nicest meals we've had in Cornwall. A fantastic end to our honeymoon.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Absolutely fab place. Pork scratching to die for! Home made bread and really really tasty food. Had scallops for starter, steak for main and fab panna cotta! Everything was very delicious. Thank you for good evening.

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Bude, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This restaurant uses just wonderful local produce which is cooked beautifully and served in a very pleasant dining room. Staff all very helpful and courteous. They also do a fantastic breakfast. Probably in the top 3 of places to eat in Bude.

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Devon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Went for spontaneous family lunch. Have a house on Bude and have been meaning to go here for a while. Much smaller than expected and no views over marshes. Nice decor. Ordered a prawn cocktail, one soup and one cheese sandwich. Waiter was good and appropriate. Food took too long. It was not busy and we had a three year... More 

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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

And yet again, the posh cheese on toast here scores five stars. The River Life Toastie is a must for those of a veggie persuasion - and flesh-guzzlers won't miss meat with this protein-and carb-packed meal and a half. Wads of walnut bread, roasted peppers, dripping with an unctuous lake of strong, saliva-inducing Cheddar, mushrooms (NOT out of a tin,... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We booked in the earliest evening slot on a Friday and my family had the whole three courses, all excellent. The boar parfait was to die for and the duck main was succulent and cooked excellently. The waiting on staff were reasonably attentive although it slowed down when it started to get busy. All in all though in our top... More 

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Additional Information about River Life Cafe and Bistro

Address: Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude, England
Phone Number: +44 1288 355994
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Bude
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
Cuisine: English

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