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Riverlife Café is a friendly, family-run establishment, owned by Lydia and Rob, helped by a brilliant, welcoming team of staff. Serving quality, home-cooked breakfasts & lunches, including a great range of vegetarian & vegan options, alongside freshly ground Cornish Wrecker's Roast coffees, delicious cakes & legendary cheese scones! Family & dog-friendly with easy disability access, a recently refurbished dining area offers spacious & comfortable seating. Customers enjoy free parking & plenty of outdoor tables to enjoy the Cornish sunshine. Situated next to a nature reserve with access to beautiful circular walks alongside the Bude Canal, the town centre is a ten-minute walk away, & the beaches
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, Deli, Soups
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

The best breakfast/lunch spot in Bude for sure. Amazing friendly and accommodating staff where nothing is too much trouble. The food is amazing, been here multiple times and it never disappoints. If you plan on going arrive earlier rather than later as it’s so popular...is fills up super quick. Will forever be my favourite place in Bude to go and eat.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023 via mobile

Lovely cafe, dog friendly and the nicest cakes and hot chocolate. Reasonable priced and lovely atmosphere. Would recommend a visit

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023

Lovely cheerful cafe in great location near walks yet still close to town. Booking was easy for small group. Nice food/drinks and very pleasant staff.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

Lovely cafe where nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. If you have a request they will do their best to meet it. As the lovely man who served me said "we want our customers to enjoy their food" Very reasonably priced, and...spotlessly clean. Highstandards all round. Well worth. visit and a great place to divert to on a walk along the canal and over the marshesMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

very clean, friendly and great food .outside dining area.near the bude canal..nothing was to much trouble for the guy who was serving.looking forward to taking my sister there

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2023 via mobile

This cafe is a hidden gem and tends to be frequently attended by locals all year round. A comprehensive house menu and daily specials board delivering quality breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas at affordable prices. A family run business with a warm welcome every time....Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023 via mobile

So friendly and welcoming. It’s our tradition when we visit Bude every Summer for our first breakfast and we weren’t disappointed

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

I had an absolutely the best jacket potato with cheese,coleslaw and side salad..wow it definitely was the best i have ever had and i have had plenty..the flat white was spot on and family had jacket with different topping..i am hoping to go this week...before my grandaughter goes back home..excellentMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023 via mobile

Back here for lunch after a walk along the canal. Nice sandwiches with plenty of filling, good value too. Good friendly service.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

Great little place. We are quite picky with food quality and service and I can honestly say the food was lovely and the staff really go the extra mile to make your visit great. Dog friendly and just a lovely place to eat. Don't pass...this place by.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

Excellent service as usual. Had today special homemade quiche. 😋 out of this world. Hisband had the the riverlife special. Very popular recommended booking if a large party.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 31 May 2023

Plenty of food options from snacks to full meals. Inside and outside eating. Our sandwiches were really nice, chunky tasty bread and plenty of filling. Excellent cappuccino coffee. Some parking but also not far from the town, shirt walk along the river/ canal. We ate...there and then walked to town and back. Support your independent and individual cafes! Friendly staff, good service.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 May 2023 via mobile

Amazing little cafe with really lovely staff who were so helpful. The coffee and tea was lovely. Didn’t try the food but I bet it’s good.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023

Lovely bright cafe lifted our spirits to go there during Storm Noa.Nice views over the canal.Although we only had a drink the cakes looked yummy as did the food going out Very pleasant staff

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023

Went for my husband's birthday, with our family. Had a wonderful meal as usual. Followed by warm chocolate fudge cake, lemon & raspberry and carrot cake. Friendly staff lovely staff.

Date of visit: April 2023
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5