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The Riverbank Bar Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Bar
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49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England (Formerly The Swan Inn)
01237 473399
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The restaurant is nicely presented, and the food was good. Staff were excellent, and this seemed to be the only restaurant in town offering food on a Saturday night which was surprising. Lovely little terrace outside too. Only complaint was that the food seemed a little overpriced in my opinion, but overall we had a lovely evening and I'd definitely... More 

Thank Cat S
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Called in for a late midweek lunch to find it had new owners. Pleasant greating, and attentive service. Unfortunately there were no other customers in the restaurant so it would be unfair to pass any comment on the ambiance. Our food arrived in good time and was presented well and warm. Taste was as it should be for an Italian... More 

Thank BazTheMan
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to book the Riverbank for a party of 40+ guests for my daughter's pre-wedding meal. Guests arrived from many parts of the world and I cannot praise the staff and chef enough. The food was delicious. What an amazing start to the wedding celebrations.

Thank annieeaston
Bideford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Constantly hear mixed reviews about the riverbank.. we had to pre order as we were a party of 16 - this was the first hurdle - the menu was very underwhelming and I struggled to pick for about 4 days. I couldn't work out whether I wanted to pay for the over priced burger (that I went for in the... More 

Thank Jocelyn A
Bideford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being locals, a few of us girls thought we would try out The Riverbank with its new owners (heard bad about previous owners). Staff were lovely and we couldn't knock anything. Food especially was lovely with great choice and decent portions. I had fajitas, ended up with some left over so I boxed it up for the next day 👍🏼.... More 

Thank Louisahockin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long black hair found in my dinner and rude waitress who did nothing to rectify the situation despite us being gracious and discrete so not to upset other diners during a busy service. To top it all off, partner was then sick the next day from the pulled pork burger (hadn't eaten anywhere else that day). Won't be returning anytime... More 

Thank phie24
Brisbane, Australia
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83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This find was one in a million. Sitting outside in the late afternoon overlooking the river, and then going inside to a wonderful relaxed bar and restaurant. THE MEALS ARE HUMUNGOUS. We ordered a rib combo and a mixed grill. So much food!!!! The food was cooked perfectly, exactly as ordered. The plates were large and the size generous. Cost... More 

Thank David C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

We arrived in bideford for holiday not sure where to eat. Found this lovely place and decided to pop in and what a Great choice the staff was helpful, friendly and very polite. The food was out of this world very well priced and very tasty. Recommend this place to anybody visiting or living in this area.

Thank Paul W
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

This place is great it caters for everyone children adults fusy eaters the lot.The menu is great and well priced the food is delicious we had a table for six and a range of food from burgers, mxd grill,duck,pork and everyone enjoyed it the starters are just as good too.the staff do a fantastic job and the chefs not a... More 

Thank Neil P
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Went for a carvery today lovely clean looking place, great staff looked after my granddaughter who has Down syndrome helped her get her food , really good lunch would definitely go again

Thank pauljohn7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $21
British, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids
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?