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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 #35 of 97 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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127 reviews from our community

67% Recommend
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English first
Hampshire UK
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 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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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
1 review
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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