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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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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....

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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great meal and atmosphere

Group of 43 travellers. Meals were pre-ordered from a set menu. Consequently there was little or no delay in getting one's meal Good size tasty fare. Old world charm. Has a nice balcony overlooking the river. Would eat here again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Ian H
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Lowood Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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Lowood Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Group of 43 travellers. Meals were pre-ordered from a set menu. Consequently there was little or no delay in getting one's meal Good size tasty fare. Old world charm. Has a nice balcony overlooking the river. Would eat here again.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We rang last minute to book a table, we had a very warm and friendly welcome and was shown to our table, shortly afterwards an appetiser came out which was delicious and unexpected, the food was out of this world and the service we received was outstanding, highly recommend this lovely restaurant we will going back.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Managed to get a table in this pleasant restaurant at the last minute. Setting very pleasant and food delicious. We shared an Appeldore mussels starter - the broth was wonderful and the mussels even better - though would have preferred more bread and granary would have been better than the standard baguette. The west country pork was amazing - beautifully... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We have just finished up our fabulous carvery on a glorious Sunday afternoon at the Riverbank Bar and Bistro. After parking our bikes up from the Tarka Trail we had developed quite an appetite and literally just off the track we stumbled across the Riverbank who kindly accepted our 3 month old puppy on the terrace overlooking the river. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Enjoyed a pleasant evening meal here this evening but felt the meal could have been superb had the restaurant been staffed properly. We received a warm welcome & drinks arrived promptly, but service got slower & slower as the restaurant filled up. Our starters of Cornish Yarg & Whitebait were very nice but the accompanying salad garnished was undressed. Mains... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went to the Riverbank a year ago and really enjoyed it. Looked forward to going back to having more delicious Ruby Red Devon steak. First thing - no record of our table being booked - no apology though they did find us a table, without actually speaking at all, we were led to a table. Disinterested staff [the people before... More 

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Bideford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

We've just tried out the riverbanks take away carvery service and it was amazing! delicious range of veg, beautifully roasted beef and yummy Yorkshire pud delivered to our door. Perfect!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were spending a long weekend in Bideford for a wedding and ate at The Riverbank on Friday night. The staff were very welcoming, the atmosphere was good and, if the weather had been warmer, the view from the terrace is fantastic and we would have sat out there for drinks. The menu was varied with several fish specials at... More 

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Westhoughton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Enjoyed a lovely meal here with my wife recently. We visited on a Sunday evening and the staff were still full of zest despite a busy lunchtime service (I walked past earlier in the day). Food and service were both 'spot on', as is the riverbank location. Nice cocktail menu too! Better than its Tripadvisor rating.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We decided to try the Riverbank whilst staying at the Royal Hotel across the road. The staff are so warm and friendly that you are put at ease as soon as they welcome you. The selection and quality of the food was excellent. The strawberry pavlova was to die for and their gammon steak was the best I've ever had.... More 

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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 14 - 26
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Large groups

Description

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

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