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“Christmas Meal” 5 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
Stratton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Christmas Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We held our Christmas evening meal at River;life last week. Meal excellent. Service good. Turkey best I have tasted, mincepies absolutely delicious. Food hot and presented well. Vegetables well cooked..

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Holsworthy, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Mmm-hmmm...delish...again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

What a great place for a birthday treat - it doesn't have to be a big birthday with a nought on the end (it wasn't) - any excuse will do to eat at River Life....veggie option a bit predictable here on the night: a nut roast, surprise, surprise, and the mains tend to be on the carnivorous side, so it was two starters for me: "Riverlife mushroom and spinach toastie layered with walnut bread and a trio of cheese, topped with a mustard cream sauce" to quote from the menu. Simply sumptuous, unctuous, gorgeous, and all those other restaurant-critic adjectives...a savoury sensation! Would have licked the plate if I weren't so polite. On to the second starter (with apologies to aquatic life from this hypocrite): four scallops perfectly poached with garlic oil and other bits and pieces, served in the shell. Two starters is a good idea: there's room left for a dessert (my meat-eating friends had wolfed down great portions of rich and crackling belly pork and still wanted more...). Raspberry creme brulee was light, juicy and refreshing, as was the ice-cool Pinot Grigio to go with the whole lot. Buzzy, busy, noisy atmosphere on a Tuesday night in dear old Bude in darkest November, lovely attentive and helpful waitresses, and great value, too - River Life hits the spot alright.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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cornwall
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“A great meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

We have eaten here a few times, and have never been disappointed with the food, but on my last visit 2 days ago I had a sirloin steak, it was simply the best I've ever had, we enjoyed the house red with our meal, all for £45 for both of us, including delicious dessert.Its fast building an excellent reputation so would advise you to pre book.

Visited November 2013
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cornwall
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Always Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

A busy little bistro with amazing food and a fantastic welcome. We have eaten here with a range of friends and family and EVERYONE has been blown away with the food selected. We LOVE River Life!

Visited November 2013
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Woking, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We read good reviews on TA so booked to eat on a Wed evening. Its tucked away on the edge of town and were slightly put off by the exterior of the place. Two courses with a good bottle of Merlot (£10) for 2 of us was £49. Exceptional vfm and the food was wonderful. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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