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

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 13
    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 quality Sunday carvery

Possibly the best range of meat and veg options in a carvery anywhere in North Devon. This is a great Sunday offer. It's only let down is slightly dysfunctional service which, in particular, asks people to wait to be called to the carvery but then does nothing to stop people they know coming in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
KBMB2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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157 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Possibly the best range of meat and veg options in a carvery anywhere in North Devon. This is a great Sunday offer. It's only let down is slightly dysfunctional service which, in particular, asks people to wait to be called to the carvery but then does nothing to stop people they know coming in later and going straight up for... More 

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Devon, UK
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely meal here one evening. For starters deep fried Cornish yarg made a nice change to brie and the pate was good.They also brought us a free sample pre-starter that they were trying out which was nice. Mains were good the meat was nicely cooked and the chips were homemade and delicious. The staff were friendly and welcoming,... More 

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Bideford
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had a lovely meal here last week, the staff were friendly and the choice on the menu was great. Have booked to go again in a couple of weeks.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Hard to review as menu although limited was nice but very overpriced which is fine of the food is great, this wasn't steak over cooked, chips over cooked, at least £5 needed to come off every meal for what was served up. Waiting staff slow when not even busy, kept forgetting drinks and I got bored waiting to order my... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Sunday lunch with family. Fabulous value 'Carvery' very well executed but a clutch of very professional an experienced waitresses front of house and some terrific chefs all with perfect manners. Well done guys - you completely deserve the success that your business clearly enjoys.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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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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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7 restaurant reviews
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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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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: English

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?