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River Life Cafe and Bistro

Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude, England
+44 1288 355994
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Ranked #3 of 73 restaurants in Bude
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $34
Cuisines: English
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

First time going here and not very impressed. It is very expensive and the food is not that great. It seems to me they are trying to be an upmarket cafe which does not work. They need to lower prices and have not so fancy food. They didn't even have a proper menu outside, also there is no menus inside... More

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Bude, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

visited last week restaurant was half full,waited 10 mins to be offered a drink eventually got it. eventually we were prompted to order went for mixed bread and oils to get us going the mixed bread comprised of 2 types 4 small slices of mediocre bread.ok friends had starters glad we didn't! one had asparagus with poached egg other had... More

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UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Booked at the Tapas part of this restaurant. Excellent food, friendly and attentive service. Good atmosphere to this slightly strangely situated restaurant but it has a good outlook. Would recommend.

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Widemouth Bay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Knowing how popular the River Life Cafe and Bistro is, we booked ahead in this small rather hidden away but delightful restaurant.The maitre d' (and Proprietor) was so welcoming attentive and informative but in no way over bearing ~perfect. We were a local family of 6 adults each having something different from a menu which was so appealing. Our courses... More

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Stayed in Bude recently and being a strong believer in `local knowledge` asked the hotel owner whare to eat a treat. He recommended the River Life Cafe and Bistro so we thought we`d take a chance. Arriving early to a busy scene, I asked for a table and was surprised to hear all were booked.....at 7pm !. However, the very... More

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Bude, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Went for lunch with a friend. Staff were lovely, cheerful and friendly. We had jacket potatoes with cheese and bacon which was really good, then decided to treat ourselves to dessert. The banana sticky toffee pudding is so wonderful that I cannot find enough superlatives to describe it. An absolute must if you go there.

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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

It's a great idea now for River Life to offer a quick two-course lunch for under a tenner. A Friday in February and this place is buzzing, therefore there was a longish, but bearable wait for the first course: an omelette with roasted peppers and feta cheese, with a nicely-oiled garnish of salad leaves and a little tin saucepan of... More

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Bude, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Arrived at Riverlife and my coat was taken from me by the owner. The lights were dimmed so it was very romantic. Table was set out perfectly. The menus are very quirky as they come out on clipboards but the menu options were fantastic and reasonably priced for what it was. The wine was beautiful. Our waitress was a little... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

First impression when we parked was, it doesn't look somewhere that would serve exceptional food, more like somewhere you would go for a quick take away, or fast food meal, Wrong. On entering we were treated warmly by a member of staff, and shown to our table, we noticed immediately how nice the interior decor was, and how warm and... More

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Bude, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We wanted to take the give of us out for a meal this Saturday and decided to revisit River Life after some previous happy experiences there, but we're told that it was only the Valentine's menu, and would be set up with tables for two - but she would check with the boss and would ring back. Very shortly we... More

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