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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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Dances_With_Pigeons
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For something a bit different, the family decided to go out for Christmas Day and we chose the Riverbank Bistro. We had an excellent afternoon with some great food and lovely staff who worked so hard to try and make the day special. Would visit again without hesitation.

1 Thank Ilfracombe1
Devon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for a Christmas party, by the time we arrived at 8 one of the beers had gone and a short time later we were informed the next beer was also off leaving just the most expensive. However a little later, when asked, we were told they did in fact have another. The rose wine then ran out... More 

2 Thank Jamie S
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I booked a table on a Sunday for 2 rang about 8.30 they did not tell us we had to be there by any time but we got there by 9 only for no one to be at the bar we had to wait ages until the lady from the bar turned up to tell us we... More 

1 Thank 661wesm
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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.

Thank Bethan W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, 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  >  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?