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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, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Description: We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....

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  • 105
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Engagement meal

top night, excellent food, staff very friendly and welcoming, Very laid back and pleasant atmosphere, definitely be going again,

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
sharron g
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

top night, excellent food, staff very friendly and welcoming, Very laid back and pleasant atmosphere, definitely be going again,

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Thank sharron g
Bideford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were a party of eight, as soon as we walked through the door we were shown to our table they were obliging when we asked to change tables the staff were polite, friendly, efficient. We were rather noisy as we were all joking and laughing the staff were very good they could see we were having a good time... More 

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Thank pbarb74
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent Value & Service After a friendly welcome from the newly appointed restaurant manager Lisa Marie, the service that followed was of the highest quality on Steak night for our party. The waitress 'Steph' (very enthusiastic & helpful, clearly new her stuff!) showed us to our table, our party ordered drinks which arrived without delay as we perused the menu.... More 

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Thank Angie J
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where to start….well, firstly we had problems booking a table. A message was left on the Riverbank answerphone on a Monday night (aware that they were closed, no problem) asking for a table for 4 and requesting a call back. Tuesday, no call back, nor was the phone answered during opening hours. Another message left. Wednesday lunchtime – further calls... More 

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5 Thank suztuckr
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal for my husbands birthday food was wonderfull ,staff were very welcoming enjoyed it all .

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Thank melthoma
Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Located on the eastern side of the Long Bridge in Bideford, this restaurant delivered a perfect start to the New Year. Having never visited this venue before, my wife and I decided to book a table for New Year's Eve celebrations with friends of ours who were travelling down from London for a few days. From my first contact when... More 

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Thank dyneyboy
Bideford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

5 girls went out for our regular dinner. The restaurant had no more than 20 in when we got there. The waitress said she'd bring the specials board over, that didn't happen, we got it ourselves. We had to ask to order drinks. We ordered 5 steaks, 3 medium, 1 medium well, 1medium rare. They were supposed to come with... More 

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North Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

It was our first time visit to the Riverbank, lured by the interesting Christmas menu we saw on the Website. We were not disappointed. The ambience was lovely, as were the staff, and the food was excellent. We had pre-ordered, and every course was a delight. Generous portions of delicious food were presented to us, and we all finished agreeing... More 

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Thank BobandHeather
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

I had a really nice meal here the place was busy but they had time for me which was good. The price was very good and the lady behind the bar who served me was very attractive..

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Thank Kevin L
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

I booked this Restaurant on the off chance, it's TA rating not being great. What a surprise, it seems that a new Chef has taken over, Menus have changed, food was interesting and prepared as well as any Micheline 1 Star. Front of House was struggling a little to keep up with the New Energy coming from the Kitchen but... More 

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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 13 - 25
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions

Description

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

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