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The Riverbank Bar Bistro

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Bar, British
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49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
01237 473399
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our usual birthday celebration venue, so regular visits in August and November. Obviously a change in management. Overpriced food and disinterested staff. The Kleftiko was so smothered in rosemary that what lamb had been included was lost and the salad was spoiled by too much red onion. When the staff enquired, they walked away when we started to answer. Pity... More 

Thank sue m
Appledore, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a table for 2 to have the carvery and wow it was amazing. A good choice of meats lots of veg and the potatoes were to die for. The Yorkshire puddings were the best I've ever had. I would highly recommend and I will be going back soon for another carvery.

Thank Els K
Bideford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not the best Sunday roast. Things seem mismatched. Table cloths not put on tables properly and at a funny angle this was matched by a tilting picture on the wall. Wine bottle placed on table not unscrewed or poored. Roast not impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate to find this lovely place last Saturday night. We hadn't booked but they managed to find us a table within half an hour. Sat and had a drink on the decking while we waited. The menu & the food was really good, but the best part of the evening was our lovely waitress Chloe. Absolute gem, a... More 

Thank fingerman
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to get a table for our group of seven without a reservation. The Sunday roast carvery was absolutely delicious - a great choice of meat and vegetables, cooked beautifully. The place is well decorated and very clean, the service was first class and not too expensive, spot on!

Thank fburraston
Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have noticed that the majority of the reviews were at least 6 months old. The owners have changed again and unfortunately the standard has deteriorated. The service was ok though it took 15 minutes to be served our drinks. This could be due to having one young girl behind the bar trying to look after 4 waitresses! The menu... More 

Thank Norman B
Bideford, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to go to the Riverbank quite often but it went downhill some time ago. However now the new owner is the chef and the meals were truly lush. I couldn't fault any of it. Who would have thought that a chicken and bacon salad with sweet potato fries could taste so good!

Thank rachel_paul2014
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the riverbank for a birthday lunch the food was excellent and everyone seemed to enjoy, Well done Vicky and James your doing a good job also well done to Mark (chef) also to the waiting staff

Thank Daphne B
Exeter, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

party of ten, and all enjoyed.very efficient and friendly. didnt rush us to order, which is what i like. been in too many places where they rush to take order before youve had chance to look at the menu.i,m sure the new owners will do well.

Thank christine w
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

After my best friends wedding we really wanted a roast but were not really too keen on leaving the house so we headed to Riverbank. The staff are lovely, the food is amazing, lots of choice and it is super tasty!! Bring your own plate!!

Thank Tas S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $22
Bar, British
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Bideford
  • Phone Number: 01237 473399
We are an exciting new bistro in Bideford...great food by the river....

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?