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“Suprisingly good”

The Riverside Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 17 Restaurants in Boscastle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $26
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Riverside's restaurant offers a choice of services when it comes to its restaurant. For a formal affair with the evening restaurant set-up elegantly for a superb dining experience, you can choose from an à la carte menu with exceptional food complemented by an extensive list of fine wines. Alternatively, the daytime tearoom is perfect for informal lunches, meals and afternoon teas. Leading from the dining room is access to our exclusive tea garden next to the running waters of the River Valency.
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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“Suprisingly good”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

So this won't tick your box if you're looking for destination dining, or for a really imaginative food experience.

However, I've been in several times for a lunch. Something simple, hot and hassle-free, and that's what I got. They do some well-cooked traditional meals - fry-ups, baguettes, burgers etc - but also some fresh produce. Their mussels are particularly good. Sometimes you get the impression the lunchtime special is whatever was on the main course the night before, but if it results in decent food that's still fresh and tasty, I'm fine with that.

The service has mostly been good, although it can be a little inconsistent. The place itself is a little cramped and higgledy-piggledy - a bit of a trial for a pram or wheelchair.

All in all, I find the place excellent value for money, swift and cheerful - probably not worth driving all the way to Boscastle for, but as a bite to eat when you're in the area, you can't go far wrong.

  • Visited October 2013
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Preston Candover, United Kingdom
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“Delicious Meal”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

We have a cottage in the upper village that we visit as often as we can. We have never failed to be impressed by the food at the Riverside. With friends down to stay, we booked in last night and enjoyed a superb evening meal.The food was fresh and delicious and the service impeccable. Our guests were equally impressed, and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Visited August 2014
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Good value and excellent service”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were searching for somewhere that serves vegan meals and the staff here were excellent. They went out of their way to provide a vegan meal for our daughter as well as very good value merals for the rest of the family. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the price very reasonable. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Visited August 2014
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Boscastle, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Never that impressed”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

I live here and occasionally visit local venues to eat out or just have drinks. Each time I've come here to eat or drink it's been chaotic, with staff just hanging around the bar and generally getting in the way without actually delivering any service.

I wouldn't recommend.

  • Visited August 2014
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Cornwall
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48 reviews
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“Sizzling steaks”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

A group of us booked a meal here as some of the party were staying in the accommodation. Lovely menu with a good selection of specials to include seafood and meat. I had a sirloin steak served on a sizzling platter with a port and Stilton sauce, it was superb and the portions were huge with homemade chips. The staff were friendly and efficient and the restaurant was full. I would definitely return again. It's also a great place to stay as it's in the middle of boscastle so once you have parked your car you don't need to use it again, so if you fancy a few drinks you can walk to all the different pubs from the riverside.

  • Visited August 2014
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