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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)
+44 1237 473399
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in the hotel across the road so location was great for us. Beautiful views of the bridge and lights in the evening. Food was good and portions generous. Staff were friendly, price range leads more to the expensive side but is not extortionate. Would visit again.

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Thank Bethan W
Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden of the Riverbank is, not surprisingly, on the riverbank. The portions are very generous and the food is good. Nice spot for lunch or an evening meal. High tides are particular fun as the water reaches to the arches of the nearby bridge.

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1 Thank M0ntyaswell
Poole, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bistro was very inviting,and portions were quite large, which is good. However, one of the dishes did not show on the menu as being hot/spicy, so unfortunately could not be eaten. The service was good, and I was surprised that on a Thursday evening was not full. Very good place to eat.

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Thank Jenny H
Westward Ho, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited the Riverbank bistro last night with friends,the meal was lovely ,we all ordered different meals and we were all very happy ,fresh veg .which was in side dishes ,nice touch. staff also very helpful and polite,will .go back again ,and recommend to anyone.

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Thank julie b
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service on arrival was excellent, they did warn us we had arrived on Quiz night and that this may of interfered with our meal but this was fine. We were showed to our table where we viewed the menu which had a great choice. The food arrived in good time and service was very attentive. The portions were huge,... More 

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1 Thank Luke S
Devon, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a lovely meal here last year so thought we would go again. Firstly, the place was empty (we went at 830 on a Saturday night which you would think was prime time) so the atmosphere was very flat which wasn't I suppose their fault. The food was shockingly over priced, I ordered from the specials and both the starter... More 

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Thank franhug123
Bideford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Live in Bideford but first visit here. Not disappointed, 7 of us all drinking and ordering different meals and asking for things to be left out and added, this was not any problem from our young and very pleasant waitresses, who were only to happy to join in the banter. The food was very well presented, and all meals very... More 

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Thank Gazza2510
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 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 

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Thank Cat S
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

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 

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Thank BazTheMan
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$21
Cuisine
Bar, British
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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: +44 1237 473399
Description
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?