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River Life Cafe And Bistro

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Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
+44 1288 355994
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends...
Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends in our cafe now under new ownership. Open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week.
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  • 49
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great at any time of day...

Nothing is ever too much trouble for the staff. Although quite a small premises, there is additional seating outside and the café is dog friendly and Slimming World friendly, which is a bonus. The all day breakfasts are delicious, as are the main meals and deserts and cakes, although the latter are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
NRD1
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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing is ever too much trouble for the staff. Although quite a small premises, there is additional seating outside and the café is dog friendly and Slimming World friendly, which is a bonus. The all day breakfasts are delicious, as are the main meals and deserts and cakes, although the latter are definitely not recommended by Slimming World!. Also serves... More 

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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We live just outside Bude and go to Riverlife for a coffee ( and usually a cake) and sandwich most times we are there. Always have warm welcome and food is very good. We took my sister and mother there once for a lunchtime meal and we all really enjoyed it .The all day breakfast looked good ( my sister... More 

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Thank jorji
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

A welcome sight after a long dog walk, for cheese on toast and hot chocolate. Very popular, you can take your dog in too. Friendly staff and tasty food.

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Thank Suzie705
Launceston, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Dreadfull food, slow service Visited lunchtime , had all day breakfast with cremated bacon dried up egg with a cheap tangy sausage Waited a very long time, not sure why the long wait as only a few other diners in there, friends sandwich arrived toasted that wasn't required All in all a bad experience had Maybe this was an off... More 

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Mandy E, Owner at River Life Cafe And Bistro, responded to this review

Hi - thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, and I apologise that it does not appear to be as you expected. Unfortunately, we were unable to rectify any of your above complaints, as when we asked if everything was OK - you said yes, and so we were unaware of your disatisfaction at the... More 

Holsworthy
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Having tried Sunday lunch, weekday lunches, and evening bistro nights, I can highly recommend a visit,

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Visited during a brief trip to Bude. We had a good breakfast although we asked for a small variation which wasn't handled very well. The breakfast menu wasn't very comprehensive and did not list extras like toast so you got the feeling these weren't encouraged and the price was a bit of a guess. What we did get was well... More 

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Thank DEADavid
Mandy E, Owner at River Life Cafe And Bistro, responded to this review

Many thanks for this feedback - we had in fact already identified that the issue of "extra's" and variations to breakfasts was not catered for on our menu, and new ones were actually with the printer! I'm pleased to be able to tell you that the new menu went live on Saturday! I'm sorry that your experience with us was... More 

Bude, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Another beautiful roast (thanks chef) and as always fabulous service, thanks amber and kate for looking after myself and mum, lovely atmosphere too, of course we will be back!! :)))

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Devon
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The service was very good and the staff friendly but the food was not good. We recently had sunday lunch here. Not only was the food luke warm but the vegetables were raw, The carrots were so hard we were unable to cut them. We like our vegetables lightly cooked but these were ridiculous. The portions of meat were small... More 

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Thank DevonHousewife
Mandy E, Owner at River Life Cafe And Bistro, responded to this review

Hi - I am very sorry that our normal high quality of food was not served to you on this particular occasion. The chef also apologises that the vegetables were undercooked on this particular day. I am also sorry if you felt the portion size was too small - this is not something that we have been told about since... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We visited this cafe on a wet blustery Monday in mid September with 3 hungry children in tow and the kitchen was about to close, thankfully due to the kind service of the owner and the chef we were given the opportunity to put in our late lunch orders for hot food. The staff went out of their way to... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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1,296 reviews
699 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4,178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Visited here for an evening meal and had a lovely meal. A little strange in location, almost like eating in a Portakabin, but the food more than made up for it. The seafood was all fresh and tasty, a decent size and good value. Overall highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pethricks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Bude
  • Phone Number: +44 1288 355994

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 22

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends in our cafe now under new ownership. Open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?