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“Excellent food and great service”

River Life Cafe And Bistro
Ranked #26 of 111 Restaurants in Bude
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner with family and friends in our cafe now under new ownership.
Reviewed June 2, 2014

We ate here as two couples on a Friday evening. Glad we booked ahead as this got us a very good table in the corner. The menu is not huge but it is very interesting and everything was cooked beautifully. The signature strips of pork crackling (each about a foot long) provoked interest but were probably the only disappointing feature of the evening as a couple of ours were a little too difficult to manage without fear of damage to molars.

That said, however, the rest of the meal was really enjoyable. Highlight had to be the sea bass, which three of the party had: they were cooked to perfection and complemented well by a mix of shellfish. Desserts and starters were very tasty too. We thought that the wine list was fairly extensive for a small restaurant and wines were very reasonably priced; the one we chose complemented our main course beautifully.

Although everything was cooked to order, service was prompt, efficient and friendly. We very much enjoyed our evening here and will definitely return, not least as the Castle restaurant no longer functions and places that cook to this standard are few and far between in Bude. Will try out the tapas bar next time as well.

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Reviewed May 27, 2014

Lovely dining experience, amazing food and we had a very attentive waitress. Restaurant is small and lacks a bit of atmosphere.

Thank AlexG85
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We have visited River Life several times since moving here a few months ago. It is without question one of the best places to enjoy great freshly cooked food, excellent service and decor.
It may be small,and you do have to wait for the food to be cooked, of course, but they always deliver, whether it is for lunch, coffee or dinner.
The menu is always interesting and caters for all tastes, including vegetarian choice.
I noticed a review from Holidayer 164 rating it as poor etc. All I can imagine is that they were at a different place! Incidentally they also rated Bude Seapool as average????That says it all!
It is a shame.
Having travelled a fair bit, appreciate food venues cannot always get it "right",I would go as far as to say this is , in my opinion, one of the best places we have ever been to .

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Thank DeborahJM58
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Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

I do not usually write these reviews, but after my recent experience I felt it necessary. We booked at table here on recommendation from our friends, and boy were they right. We we arrived nearly half an hour early and were expecting to perhaps wait a while for our table. Instead we were greeted by a charming young man who took our coats, told us not to worry about being early, and showed us to our table. We found it very difficult to choose from the menu as everything sounded delicious. Thanks to the recommendations of our waiter (who we couldn't believe had only been working there for two weeks!) I ended up having the goats cheese followed by the sea bass. Both were better than some Michelin star restaurants I've eaten in. Our waiter then managed to persuade us to try a couple of the deserts, and wow, the chef managed to really wow us with every course. The only downside was that I was unable to leave a suitable tip as they don't take tips on card. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic evening, we will be back again very soon!

Thank CaptainKernow
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

This place doesn't look like much but the food is wonderful and the staff were lovely. Unbelievable value for money. Thank you.

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Thank Rosa1314
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