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The Riverbank Bar Bistro

49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England
+44 1237 473399
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly
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49 Torrington Street | East the Water, Bideford EX39 4DP, England
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Reviewed yesterday

I'm sorry to say the "Greek night" was a great disappointment, apart from the calamari which was very good but very expensive for the size of portion. the Stifatho and the pork afelia seemed to have the same very peppery sauce,salad didn't have dressing and...More

Thank jankip819
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Busy Friday night, good atmosphere until we ordered! My companion ordered sirloin steak, well done, no tomato or mushroom but a bit of salad instead.....not too complicated? My meal arrived fine but a beef stroganoff was placed in front of my companion plus a huge...More

Thank brendabyrne53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of ten of us dropped in for coffee over the bank holiday and this bar is very pleasant. Was lovely to sit on the veranda looking out across the river. The staff were very polite and helpful. Coffee and hot chocolates were good,...More

Thank Olivia C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

2 couples on a Saturday night while staying in the area. The room itself was a bit bland- nothing offensive but not especially charming or memorable. Service was brisk and very friendly. We were seated so we could see into the kitchen which was fun....More

Thank finbar
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Very friendly welcome, felt like old friends. Ordered from the special Greek night menu: keftedes (meatballs), calamari for starters, a fella and stifado for mains. Meatballs looked a little undercooked in the middle but this was soon rectified, although they were a bit bland. However,...More

Thank Lucy M
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Visited Easter week with family plus dog. Very friendly and reasonable meals, served in a lovely garden/terrace. Allows dogs too in the front of the pub and in the garden which is ideal after a walk around Bideford.

Thank Lindsay E
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Tasty food, portions on the large side but good. Main courses were better than the desserts but they were still nice. Staff were friendly and helpful if a little slow to serve on occasion. Nice atmosphere our only complaint was that the room was a...More

Thank Frizznut
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

The staff were happy to bring me sour cream when I ordered the lamb jalfrezi, even though I don't really like spicy food! It was lovely though, and I wasn't made to feel stupid.

Thank Eiles R
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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
Reviewed 25 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank 7APH
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a takeaway service with roast dinners?
15 February 2015|
Response from Eilidh M |
Yes! Every Sunday! We offer collection or delivery Carvery from 12pm. Call the restaurant to book on 01237 473399 anytime before 12pm on Sunday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 22
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Groups, 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
  • E-mail
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