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

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  • 86
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  • 39
    Very good
  • 23
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  • 15
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Location

This bar/bistro is steps away from the Royal Hotel and provides a handy alternative to eating at the hotel. It’s nicely decorated with modern wooden furniture and has an easily accessible bar area for those just wanting a drink. To the rear is a wooden deck area with views over the river and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
jim6972
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 23 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Without doubt one of the best meals I have ever had!! Incredible food....staff were superb and would pay double but don't tell the boss!! A hidden gem that can show the big boys how it's done!! May ever change my holiday plans do I can go again!!

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Bodmin, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We took our coach party of 26 in for an early evening Sunday roast and other alternatives and were treated very well from the moment we walked in the door. We had pre-ordered our food choices and in a very short while, the meals were in front of us with plenty of freshly cooked vegetables, separate pork crackling dishes all... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We stayed at the Royal Hotel and after cycling the Tarka Trail to Barnstaple and back decided to eat out. We were delighted by the extensive fish specials menu, the free appetiser, the quality and presentation of the food and the helpfulness of the staff. We thought it was good value for money.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This bar/bistro is steps away from the Royal Hotel and provides a handy alternative to eating at the hotel. It’s nicely decorated with modern wooden furniture and has an easily accessible bar area for those just wanting a drink. To the rear is a wooden deck area with views over the river and tables to eat at. Rather romantic on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Situated on the riverbank the other side of Bideford Bridge this place has a livery view of the river, old stone bridge and town - all lit up at night. The staff were very friendly, food good and not overly expensive. The bar's very good with a range of cocktails and some very good beers and wines to wash everything... More 

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Additional Information about The Riverbank Bar Bistro

Address: 49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
Phone Number: 01237 473399
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Bideford
Average Prices: USD 14 - 26
Cuisine: British

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

Description

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

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