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The Riverbank Bar Bistro

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49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
01237 473399
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Description: We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
By far the best Carvery I've had!

We went to the Riverbank for a family lunch on Easter Sunday and booked a table for 11 people at 13:45. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived so were served drinks in the sunny beer garden. We had to wait an exceptionally long time for our table as people were still sat at it eating! I have to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Jessica W
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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153 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went to the Riverbank for a family lunch on Easter Sunday and booked a table for 11 people at 13:45. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived so were served drinks in the sunny beer garden. We had to wait an exceptionally long time for our table as people were still sat at it eating! I have to admit... More 

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Newton Arlosh
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

My wife and I were invited by a friend, celebrating a birthday. We were eight people and last Sunday it was a Carvery. I think there were three meats available, and many choices of vegetables, plus garnishes and gravies. The whole thing was beautifully arranged and much enjoyed by the party. There were very few plates with anything on at... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We have just had a meal at The Riverbank had a fantastic meal ,great staff ,great meal,if you want a great venue The Riverbank is a must.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Friendly and welcoming staff. The meal selection is good with plenty of choice on the menu. The quality of the food was fantastic and prices are reasonable. We will be dining here again and soon

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had a good night we were a large party everyone said the food was excellent which it was a little more money than pub prices but i would say the food was better we will go back again.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Booking lost on record.birthday balloons placed on incorrect table,and left there.told to order drinks but left with no1 to serve us.NO napkins for meal,NO knife or plates for birthday cake.just left in corner 2 deal with selves.overall generally poor evening

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Bideford
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Had 3 course meal Sat 10th Jan 2015 at Riverbank, Bideford. Excellent food, great value, portion size great & good service from Lee & his staff. Will be back for more!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Staying with friends in Bideford we were looking for a good quality/value place to eat in the local area. Having reviewed other reviews in the area we settled on The Riverbank and went there in eager anticipation. We were not disappointed. A very pleasant welcome with staff who were very attentive. The service was very good without being intrusive with... More 

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denbigh
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Decided to eat out this last Christmas, so where better than the riverbank. This is by far my favourite restaurant having eaten there a few times in the past. Never been for Christmas dinner before but decided we love the carvery there and so booked. We was not disappointed absolutley superb each course was lovely, the best Christmas dinner ever... More 

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29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

For the second year we had our Christmas day lunch at this lovely restaurant. The place it really good with a great atmosphere. The staff and food second to none. Well done to one and all...needless to say we have booked again for next year.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Bideford
  • Phone Number: 01237 473399

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 25
  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....

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