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River Life Cafe And Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Bude Cycle Centre Pethericks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
+44 1288 355994
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Bude, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

We walked along the canal first to get an appetite, then went in to River life hungry. We ordered full english breakfasts which can just short of incinerated. The bacon shattered when forked! The rest wasn't much better and the waiter mentioned that the chef wasn't in, so they couldn't do poached eggs-everything explained. We haven't been since.

1 Thank Rofbude
Bideford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Visited the River Life Café for lunch back in August and it was excellent with friendly staff, good service and great food, Would definitely recommend.

Thank Karen E
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a cuppa on my way to meet friends. So warm, cosy and welcoming I could happily just stay here! Nice cup of tea in a teapot that doesn't spill tea all over the table, accompanied by a lovely little homemade, flower shaped, shortbread biccie. Thankyou

Thank milniesmum
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Very popular with locals, the breakfasts we saw served up look delicious. Pet and child friendly with very cheerful staff. Good base start for a nice canal walk

Thank bernie p
Rochester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Lovely friendly cafe and bistro. Lovely fresh cooked food. Came for breakfast and meant to come back for dinner because the menu looked lovely but didn't have a chance. Nice atmosphere.

Thank jpj34
Bude, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Booked for Wednesday evening.....they are open during the day each day but only Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings until 9.00 pm. Despite Bude town being very busy as it was Jazz week, the restaurant served us 3 and to my knowledge, only one other couple that evening. This resulted in a lack of ambiance. The menu was fairly limited, but... More 

Thank Brice27
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

went there for coffee and cake and worth a visit,, nice and relaxing and a lovely view of the river , cakes was very tasty and great coffee if i am in bude again will definatly visit again

Thank Linda G
Leicester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly. Staff attentive and efficient. Really clean and comfortable. I only had coffee and home made cheesecake but it was delicious. I wished I was more hungry when I saw what others were having.

Thank Ann M
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a meal here this evening... We were dubious when we were the only diners there at 8:00pm but we had a brilliant evening. The food was delicious and portion sizes were very reasonable. The staff were very friendly and efficient. Definitely worth a visit. We will be back!

Thank Sophie D
Lancashire, England
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Came here with the family last week, 4 adults and six kids all under 10. Great service, superb food, highly recommended The chef came out and spoke to my son and showed him his fine selection of chillies.

Thank BunionMan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $19
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bude Cycle Centre Pethericks Mill | Unit 1, Bude EX23 8TF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Bude
  • Phone Number: +44 1288 355994
Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner with family and friends in our cafe now under new ownership.

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