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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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Today
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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, 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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  • 250
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  • 49
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Nice food!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
cjpvision
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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St Ives, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great service, fantastic location. Food exceptional, I had the monkfish and prawn curry, fish and prawns still tender and flavoursome, with wonderful accompaniments. My husband chose the Turbot, which he described as sensational. Would definitely recommend, and return when next in the area.

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Devizes, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We had a steak and also the hake dish. Pipping hot food but all was soaked in rather a lot of butter so that was a shame as it made the chips soggy and we could only taste butter. Quick and friendly service and have heard good reviews on the paella so maybe worth another try,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Enjoyed dinner for two last Thursday and the meal was excellent. Crab claws in a garlic and butter sauce proved a great starter but the Hake and Sea Bass were as good as they get. Great fresh fish at very reasonable prices. Even the very limited wine list was very well priced. Nice restauant but lacked atmosphere as it was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We decided to make our last night near Bude a good one especially after a few miserable days of weather by eating at The River Life Cafe in Bude. We heard a few reviews being positive on fresh fish. We were the first to arrive as we had our 3.5 year old daughter. We ordered the scallops which were very... More 

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Bude, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I am the first to admit that as a local I have not been to River life that often due to its location but can now safely say will be a regular after this experience. Went for lunch, and although quiet, the menu certainly made our mouth water with a great offering of seafood dishes which is exactly what tourists... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I'd heard good things although never been before. I thought long & hard about this review because generally I don't like to put things down & always look for the positive. The service was exceptionally slow & erratic, waited 10 mins to be seated, then 20 mins for our order to be taken. We had white wine & had to... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Despite a long wait for the main courses (80 minutes) and a few options unavailable, the food served was very good. We had lobster, roast lamb, the chef special hake and a paella. All were very good, but were served separately over about 5 minutes. We couldn't get the wine we wanted as they had run out. Would go back... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We were recommended to try River Life by our holiday let and we were not disappointed. The food and the service were so good we went back again the next evening! It was a treat to have such a selection of seafood to choose from. We shall be back next time we are in the area.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My wife and I sort of stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant almost by accident last Friday. We wouldn't usually choose a seafood restaurant by choice, but we were away for the weekend so thought something different would make a nice change. We were not disappointed. Lovely atmosphere coupled with extensive menu and superb service. My wife chose the... More 

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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 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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