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Mariners Bar & Restaurant

4 Cooper Street, Bideford EX39 2DA, England
+44 1237 476447
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish cakes” (29 reviews)
“chowder” (13 reviews)
“venison” (12 reviews)
Opens in 10 min
Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
4 Cooper Street, Bideford EX39 2DA, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I paid a visit to this quaint little restaurant after it was recommended to me by a friend. I must say I was not disappointed. Great service from the attentive staff and an extensive range of dishes, in a cosy setting. Would definitely visit again....More

Thank Departure26315888895
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was well reviewed by our hosts in Bideford. However, despite the excellent friendly service, we did not find it particularly comfortable. We expected some really good fish dishes, but their descriptions did not fill us with longing. So we had two meat dishes,...More

Thank Charles K
John E, Owner at Mariners Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your feedback. We're saddened that our fish dishes appeared to be uninspiring. Admittedly, we do not do huge descriptions as staff are are always happy to give extra information on our dishes if asked. We're really grateful you flagged this...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018

Returned here after an enjoyable visit several years before. Pleased with attitude of staff after we complained of being seated upstairs, away from atmosphere of main restaurant... Also, one of our dishes was too peppery and when we mentioned it the chef came to our...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I found this place on trip advisor when planning our holiday but I forgot to book. On trying to book on the morning we wanted to go (which also happened to be our last day) staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and we...More

Thank Compass271495
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Superb food. Small but beautifully formed menu and some very good wine. John and his staff are welcoming, attentive and will really look after you. If you’re in Bideford, don’t miss this place!

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 20 September 2018

How have we missed this superb restaurant? We have lived locally for three years and this was our first visit. Recent disappointments at other restaurants and a friends recommendation led us to The Mariners. The atmosphere is relaxing and cosy. The staff are excellent -...More

Thank ClownTriggerfish
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We first visited this restaurant a couple of years ago and our return visit did not disappoint us. Atmosphere, service and food are wonderful.

Thank mosherwood2
Reviewed 15 September 2018

We booked a table here on a Saturday night at the end of the school holidays. The food and drink was both superb. I couldn't resist the calamari starter and my main of Turbot with a crab and lobster risotto was both enourmous and tasty....More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Great little bistro. Super scallops and fish. Chef and other staff most attentive. Nice atmosphere. Just a bit limited on non alcoholic drinks.

Thank Brelade55
Reviewed 12 August 2018

We went here last week while we was on holiday it was absolutely amazing the staff are really lovely and very clued upon gluten free I had the chicken casserole and the nicest ever steamed pudding so light and fluffy so pleased it was recommend...More

Thank goldfinger_10
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30 May 2018|
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Response from Sattikaurbhatti1977 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry that supposed to say wouldn’t
Meg B
6 July 2016|
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Response from John E | Property representative |
Hi Meg, sorry for the delay in replying, we must have missed this question! We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 6.30pm. Hope to see you soon. Kind regards, John and Team.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$32
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Cooper Street, Bideford EX39 2DA, England (Formerly Lathwells)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Torridge  >  Bideford
  • Phone Number: +44 1237 476447
  • E-mail
Mariners (Formally Lathwells) is a Grade Two listed historic building in one of Bideford's oldest streets. The building dates back to the 1700's. History tells us it has been a Mariners house, an Inn, a sowing school, a private house and now a restaurant. Mariners is small, intimate and relaxing. The table is yours for the evening. Our food is cooked from fresh to order. We pride ourselves on seasonal fish and meat from the Bay Area as far as possible. Our menu changes often with specials featuring on a daily basis. We look forward to meeting you. Booking is strongly advisable to secure a table. We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 6.30pm. Last food orders are taken at 8.30pm.
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