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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 #31 of 96 restaurants in Bideford
Price range: $15 - $29
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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122 reviews from our community

68% Recommend
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English first
Salisbury, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

High quality food, generous portions and friendly service. Very comfortable riverside terrace to have a drink whilst your food is prepared. Nice décor. Relaxed atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I reviewed this place previously , but recent events mean that I simply HAVE to submit a new review. This is fairly local to us, walking distance in fact. We were constant visitors when Nicky and John owned and run it, we have been back twice since. Once for a private function, then to see if that occasion was just... More

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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We used to go to the Riverbank regularly until January 2014 when we had some family health problems. We went back last Friday June 20th, our first dinner out since January. We were not welcomed as usual. The menu was limited unlike previously, there was some of the staff we knew who were pleasant as always. However an experience we... More

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Appledore, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have just enjoyed a fantastic evening meal here. There were 10 of us and all were really happy with our food. Every dish was presented well and very tasty. Our starters included Cornish Yarg cheese (very tasty!), Appledore mussels, garlic mushrooms, pate etc and the mains were also good. The chicken in wine sauce is lovely and the gammon... More

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Service and food second to none. Ate Duck in Hoi sin sauce. Very tender and tasty. Husband had the Gammon steak, plenty of it, served with Chips, mushrooms, egg and tomato. Sweets god too and service very good. Been there several times now and have not been disappointed.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Rung up last minute for a table, even though it was tight on bookings they still managed to accommodate me and my family. Staff were very friendly and attentive, food as usual was absolutely fantastic. Definateley worth a visit (or more).

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Torrington,, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Having heard under new ownership and good reviews - in town and decided to have a family lunch out. Arrived at closing time and the staff were happy to stay on and serve us, waitress explained different choices of three menus - specials, bar and bistro. We sat outside on the patio area in a sun trap. The food was... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We went to the bistro for a family meal and from start to finish our whole experience was perfect. We chose the bistro because it was only minutes from where we were staying so I read the reviews and found a mixed bag, I can tell you now the negative reviews really are not true. We were shown to our... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

We visited here on Easter Saturday for the first time and it definitely won't be our last. Had a really great meal served by lovely staff and the prices were very reasonable. Looking forward to going back.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Fantastic ambience and location by the river as always, but now with great service and food! The curry was bursting with flavour and not at all greasy - tomato based sauce, tender chicken, generous portion served with rice, naan bread and poppadum. Good wine selection and Peroni on tap, great! Everyone else at our table also enjoyed their meals, all... More

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