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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 75 Restaurants in Bude
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $33
Cuisines: English
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Bristol UK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Well whats not to like about Sunday lunch served here? I can not think of anything. Perfect Roast Pork and a bowl full of crackling.Seasonal veg and tap water already on the tables though the wine is good as well. We had starters and a main but couldn't manage anything else. We will be back.!

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Buckinghamshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We took a Sunday morning walk in the beautiful sunshine along the canal and ended up at the River Life Cafe. We sat outside and ordered coffee and toasted tea cakes. The service was excellent and the tea cakes had a delicious flavour of cinnamon. As said by other reviewers, the surroundings are not particularly picturesque but we would most... More

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Bude, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

I have been to River Life several times but I was a bit concerned when I heard comments like "Justin has over stretched himself, opening another restaurant, the place has gone downhill". All I can say is the opposite is the case: it just keeps getting better and better! I went with two friends, one of whom is notoriously difficult... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We have eaten here on a few occasions and the food has always been reasonable. However, the service leaves a lot to be desired. My Cousin & I are both in the hospitality business and felt that the service was extremely poor. We did complain and they did apologise, offering to only charge us for 1 of cups of tea,... More

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Kaiserslautern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The food and service could not be faulted. We found this place through a trip advisor search whilst in the area and would make a special trip back just to try the good again! For such a small place the waiter was super attentive and the chef super talented. Will be back for sure.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We booked into the River Life for dinner to celebrate my daughter's fantastic 'A'level results. We called ahead and ordered champagne which was waiting for us on arrival and poured the minute we sat down. The food was amazing and everything we had was delicious. The service was excellent and to finish this wonderful experience my daughter's desert came with... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What more can I say but fantastic. Food tasty and fabulous Service excellent Everything from start to finish was perfect. Loved it. Can't wait to go again. ❤️

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5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had seen the reviews on trip advisor and decided to book for the last night of our holiday. The location as stated on some reviews is accurate, but my is the food & the service amazing. The two waiters on duty the night we went were great. They were helpful, friendly, accommodating & just had perfect timing, even though... More

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Sevenoals, Kent
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117 reviews 117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Went here on Sunday for lunch and we can endorse most of what others say in their reviews. Strange location, excellent efficient service, delicious ingredients and excellent value. We all had roast dinners, which came with about a hundred different varieties of vegetables and fabulous gravy. Only reason this is not a 5 star review is due to the fact... More

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Took them 40 minutes to serve a rather greasy sandwich made of smoked salmon and tuna with too much mayo. They weren't busy - barely a quarter full. No up front apology or explanation beyond "we're very busy" when I complained - which they clearly weren't. Not going here again.

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