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“Above average” 3 of 5 stars
Review of River Life Cafe and Bistro

River Life Cafe and Bistro
Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
+44 1288 355994
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Ranked #3 of 81 Restaurants in Bude
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Enjoy a relaxing Lunchtime or evening with family and friends at River life new seafood bar open Tuesday to Sunday lunch eating great local seafood
dublin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Above average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We had a nice meal, speedy service, good food and well priced. Lovely setting, slightly clinical blue flourecent tube light above the bar ruins the look a bit.

Food delivered fast but with good spacing between courses, didnt feel rushed.

Ventilation is very bad in this small place and we all came out smelling like we'd been swimming in a deep fat fryer.. A shame if you're going out after a meal...

Also a very loud group of individuals put us off, nothing to do with the restaurant but of it had been a group of rugby players they would have been told to keep quiet or leave...

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic service, lovely food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

After hearing rave reviews about the River Life Cafe and Bistro we thought we would go and see if it's as good as people are saying it is. We weren't disappointed. The staff were very friendly, helpful and welcoming and we appreciated the fact they said we could mix and match sauces/potatoes/not have chilli etc if we wanted as everything was cooked fresh to order.
We shared the scallops starter which was absolutely gorgeous and then had the venison and cod for mains, again very nice.
Our only little complaint is we didnt like the cutlery - sounds silly but we found the knives very weirdly shaped and therefore not very user friendly!
But apart from that everything was great!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

thought we give the river life a try this week and we wasnt dissappointed, we been meaning to go here for some time now and managed to get in for sunday dinner, best book its very popular.we was greeted by the owner who took our coats to the cloak room for us and showed us to our table. we chose roast pork and the roast lamb, service was excellent and our food arrived quickly. both meals were delicous and we polished our plates clean. the owner and staff were taking there time to talk to all the customers ensuring everything was good.will defently go back and try the fish dishes next time. thanks to all and see you soon

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bideford, Devon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

My husband took me for a surprise dinner. We had a lovely meal,good menu choices - the king prawns in chilli are lovely, prices very reasonable , didn't have dessert but they looked good. Wine not overpriced either. But due to size of restaurant the tables are very close together, so not really ideal for a romantic evening.Staff very attentive and professional. One complaint we had ( cold dauphinoise potatoes) was dealt with quickly and rectified and my glass of wine was deducted to recompense.

Would recommend and return :-)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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“What a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stopped off here after heading towards Bude and loading the TA app. Excellent choice of food. Although the location of the place is a little out of place, it makes up for this in what it provides. Decent food with attentive service.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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