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The Riverbank Bar Bistro

49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
01237 473399
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Ranked #34 of 101 Restaurants in Bideford
Price range: $15 - $28
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....
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English first
South Molton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had a party in the private room out the back with a lovely view. The service was excellent and everyone was very friendlly even though it was a busy evening. We all enjoyed our food with a good menu to choose from even for vegetarians! we will be back again!

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Westward Ho, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Just back home after a fabulous fish and chip lunch at The Riverbank. Staff very attentive, OK it was a quite lunch time never the less they where great. F&C best we have had in North Devon. Certainly worth travelling for and we will again.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I must say that this venue was an excellent choice for my 60th Birthday Celebrations. I had pre booked months in advance and had to change the final number several times all without any problem. Zoe Morrow took care of preorder menus and Specials on the day and went to great trouble to get the mussels for me the birthday... More

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Devon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This restaurant was 10 out of 10 with the previous owners. The menu was lovely, everything cooked to perfection and they had a great variety. I recently came here with my boyfriend and was very disappointed to learn that the restaurant had been taken over by new owners. The menu has been changed to cheap pub food, hardly any choice... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We enjoyed a delicious meal yesterday evening in a relaxed atmosphere. Food superb and menu varied even for vegetarians!

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Hampshire UK
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We were not sure whether this would be our kind of restaurant (mature couple) but we were warmly welcomed and it was full of families and young couples - a good mix. The menu was interesting and with a good variety. Food was well prepared and well presented.

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Bideford
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The evening didn't start well. When we arrived they did not have our reservation. After a lot of head scratching and moving of tables we were finally accommodated. The reason we went to the restaurant was because one of my sons wanted to try the much publicised Belly Buster Burger, only to be told it was only available if pre... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We had not visited since the Riverbank had changed hands and must admit that we were really impressed by a Menu that offered something for everyone. The food was cooked perfectly and none in our party could find any fault with the food or service. Thank you very much for a lovely meal. We will certainly return.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Enjoyed our 7th visit to the Riverbank yesterday and found it to be better than ever. The new management have maintained the friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with a great new menu. Extensive local fish specials included Appledore mussels in a wine and lemon sauce - wonderful plump mussels with just the right amount of citrus. Garlic mushroom starters were... More

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Bideford
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We decided to give this place a try as we live locally and had heard good things about the food.Can only assume that it has changed hands recently as our experience did not even extend to eating any food.We arrived into a virtually empty room with ample space for diners as there were 2 tables of 4 diners, 1 table... More

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