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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 39
    Very good
  • 23
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  • 14
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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:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing! The staff and food alike are exceptional! We were made to feel at home by the staff and owners who went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our meal and drinks...even creating a new range of cocktails to our liking and for our individual tastes! I must say that visiting this bistro bar really... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

We went there for a Friday evening meal on our first day of our bank holiday weekend in Bideford. Having seen the good reviews we decided to book this restaurant. The restaurant ambience is good, however charges are over priced for the quality of food served which was of average standard.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Nice outside area to relax in the sunshine. Complimentary starter and they doubled the size of the starter we ordered as they realised we were sharing. Great food and a friendly chef. my only slight quarrel would be that you could here the conversations and noise from the kitchen at times. Will eat here again.

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We came here for a Sunday carvery with family and friends and weren't disappointed! Friendly service, if maybe a little too over friendly and familiar at times! There was plenty of choice of veg and delicious beef. The kids were treated to a feast too followed by ice cream! All very happy! We have become regulars on a Sunday now!

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Burgess Hill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Really good, fresh food. Changing menu according to local availability. Good wine list. Friendly staff and good atmosphere . Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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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 - 27
Cuisine: English

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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 - 27
  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

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

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