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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 237
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  • 42
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    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
Most recent review
Delicious Cream Tea

We had the most amazing cream tea here after we stopped off after a long walk along the canal in the sunshine. Scones were definitely freshly baked, still warm from the oven and tasted as good as they smelled. Really cosy place with lovely coffee and friendly staff. We looked at the evening menu... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
RACHEL J
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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303 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We had the most amazing cream tea here after we stopped off after a long walk along the canal in the sunshine. Scones were definitely freshly baked, still warm from the oven and tasted as good as they smelled. Really cosy place with lovely coffee and friendly staff. We looked at the evening menu and everything seemed delicious. Good choice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I ate here yesterday and was amazed to see a sign outside that said £10 for 2 meals. When we sat down we were not told about the offer but were given 2 other menus. When we enquired about the £10 we were given 2 options: seabream salad which was very small but quite good and my partner had the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

When we arrived we asked if they did cream teas. They said if we went for a 20 min walk they would bake some fresh scones for us. They reserved a table for us and the scones fresh from the oven were probably the nicest I have ever had. To be highly commended. Nothing was too much trouble for the... More 

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Bideford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

so good, I nearly ordered another portion.... proper Potato hand made chips, glorious white fleshed flaky Cod in a super light batter.. and served with home-made bread and butter.... super staff... super service... super food....

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Devon, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Came across this great restaurant by accident when walking along the Bude Canal and Cycle path. Had no money with me then but came back with a friend and enjoyed the best Lamb Shank ever. A great place for foodies who love a little something extra. Lovely restaurant in a great location, loved it so much I have been back... More 

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UK
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

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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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 7 - 30
  • 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 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?