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“Carvery value here was excellent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Riverbank Bar Bistro

The Riverbank Bar Bistro
49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
01237 473399
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Ranked #33 of 102 Restaurants in Bideford
Price range: $14 - $27
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....
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80 reviews 80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Carvery value here was excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

£8.95 for a good sized carvery Is quite unusual these days, but not only was it good quality but plentiful too. Lots of other standard fare, plus dime bar pie!! Staff were helpful, and would visit again

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Bideford, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Poor Service, but good food!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Riverbank, has wonderful food but unfortunately the staff seem quite rude and unattentive and also un-knowledgeable. This lets it down, as the food is especially good with big portions. Won't stop me from dining there again, as perhaps the staff were having an 'off' day.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sawtry, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service and general ambience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

On a nice day/evening you can dine 'al fresco' overlooking the river or inside a cosy restaurant & bar for usual British weather. Good menu range, wines and local beers; on Sundays there is a superb carvery. Hands on owners [one is the chef] of the business ensure you will have a good experience here. One thing this place is getting very popular with the locals so book early!

Visited May 2013
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I have eaten here on a few occasions and always been very happy with the place. The reason I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 is that being a non meat eater the menu is quite limited and hasn't changed in the past couple of years. There is a specials menu but this tends to be meat and fish. Other than that i would highly recommend.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bideford
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Brilliant place to eat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Have eaten here many times and can't recommend it enough. Sunday carvery easily the best around Bideford! Eat most times as a couple, have been there several times with family too. Was lucky enough to have a surprise birthday meal thrust upon here recently with lots of family members tavelling from afar. Staff friendly and very attentive. Food great and excellent value.

  • Visited May 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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