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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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Bideford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a perfect night. Nice chilled out atmosphere with friendly staff and delicious food. We had honey glazed duck and the trio of pork which was wonderfully cooked. Would definately return

1 Thank BlondeCrazy
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well despite some negative reviews we decided to risk it - and we are so pleased we did! We both had three courses and everything was top notch! The staff were friendly, bubbly and helpful! The chef was very prominent and was obviously very passionate about what he does and appreciates big flavours. The situation of the restaurant is lovely,... More 

1 Thank 7APH
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Visited on a Saturday night. No real atmosphere. Food was ok, service was good. huge portions which I don't like as it puts me off before I start. Starters were quite good but main course wasn't the best. (wouldn't recommend the prawn pasta) Nachos for starters good and the sea bass wasn't bad either but wouldn't go back. Prices were... More 

Thank AliR78
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

One of the best Sunday lunches we have had for a long time, loved the parsnips and roast spuds in fact everything was cooked beautifully and great choice of veg! Friendly staff

Thank packacase
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We have been to the Riverbank numerous times and always enjoyed the service and food so as it's now under new management we thought we would go again....oh dear! Firstly, the food is OK. I had the chicken and rib combo which was nice and other food looked great. One of us had the " homemade burger"....there was nothing homemade... More 

Thank jdawson001
Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Firstly there were several things off the menu, when we had made our choices, the drinks arrived and the real ale was off and had to be returned. Two of us had scampy chips and peas, the peas were hard like bullets, why do chefs use such rubbish ingredients when such a small thing leaves such a bad memory, the... More 

Thank Saphiebriard
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We used to like this place. However the the management has recently changed along with the menu. The 'home made burger' is not home made... it's a frozen one you buy in a shop. The fire didn't work so we are wrapped up in coats and scarfs all evening and the waitress needed prompting before we got anything. Overall. Very... More 

Thank Nurdis
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We went to the initial launch evening when the new owners took over and it has become a regular venue for a Sunday carvery when our hectic family and work commitments allow. I've also tried their great value steak nights and I've eaten there casually a few times with the girls from work. However, I've never been there on a... More 

Thank Anne S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Went to riverbank for! Christmas dinner on Christmas day there was 7 of us and we were very welcomed with a complimentary drink.the food was outstanding and the staff were very good and helpful

Thank Kelvin D
Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Had a lovely time at the Riverbank Bar Bistro. The staff were very attentive & the food was excellent. Nice touches included one of the staff dressing up as Santa & giving the kids presents. This is the first time we have chosen to eat out on Christmas Day & we would return without hesitation. Thanks to all the staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

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