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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 - 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: 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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    Very good
  • 13
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  • 5
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  • 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
great new menu

I`d heard that one of my favourite restaurants in Bude had revamped their menu, not that they needed to. They now offer a lovely selection of fish and seafood in very imaginative and tasty dishes. My husband had the hake and I had the mackerel. Absolutely delicious. The staff as always are so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
RACHEL J
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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310 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I`d heard that one of my favourite restaurants in Bude had revamped their menu, not that they needed to. They now offer a lovely selection of fish and seafood in very imaginative and tasty dishes. My husband had the hake and I had the mackerel. Absolutely delicious. The staff as always are so friendly and seem to have taken the... More 

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Brixham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Me and my partner decided last minute on Sunday night that we was going to stay in Bude for the night, We got to our BnB around 6.30 then we walk around town looking for somewhere to eat we couldn't find anywhere so we looked On tripadvisor and you guys where the 1st restaurant as the others were cafes and... More 

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Bude Cornwall
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Food was lovely, great atmosphere to meet with friends for a Christmas meal. The table was a little cramped for the 4 of us but couldn't fault the food

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

A small quirky interior, interesting artwork (on sale) and friendly staff are a good start for this unprepossessing location, but the food is utterly magnificent. Fresh, perfectly cooked seafood in generous portions for very reasonable prices. Plenty of upscaling options if you're feeling gluttonous, this is as good as seafood gets, period.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Went here for lunch on the recommendation of tripadvisor as we were passing through Bude on the way to Tintagel - was pleasantly surprised after initially seeing how small and hidden away it was. Although they didn't have any lobster when we went, the other seafood (scallops and crab claws) were delicious, if a little messy! But the main plus... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This was our first visit for food although we had visited for their Italian Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Spoon on a few occasions. The food was amazing, well presented and well priced. The Baked Cod was delicious as was the Chocolate Brownie. Friends also chose the Chilli Crab Cakes. They said they were great also. Service was delivered by friendly... More 

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Hartland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Our first time back since the change to a fish cafe and we can honestly say 10 out of 10. Scallops, mussels, Crab cakes, Hake, Dover sole and Sea bass ordered, all produced to an excellent standard. Well done, superb meal.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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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 - 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?