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Mariners Bar & Restaurant

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4 Cooper Street, Bideford EX39 2DA, England (Formerly Lathwells)
+44 1237 476447
Thu - Sun 18:30 - 22:00
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on 11/5/17 with our granddaughters. Welcome was excellent and the chef/owner appeared to discuss the menu as one of the group is gluten intolerant. He is totally open to varying items on the menu as everything is freshly prepared. The food was delicious and served by very cheery staff. We really enjoyed our meal.

Thank barrylandy
Surrey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

go to this restaurant whenever possible.... about5/6 times a year as live over 200 miles away ! never had a bad meal and service is usually very attentive, friendly without being intrusive owner/chef usually appears at some point of evening

Thank glebeview
Tiverton, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Great place to eat whether dining solo, a family or a party. The choice of food for starters, main and dessert are excellent. The ingredients are sourced locally and the freshness shows in the flavour (the aubergine cooked with honey as a starter alone made the visit worthwhile!). The staff are brilliant an make all customers feel at home. I... More 

Thank impi2731
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal here. Lots of fish dishes to choose from. Friendly service. Generous portions and pleasant surroundings.

Thank Gunty2
Cheltenham, UK
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80 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This little restaurant is a real gem It hadn't been our first choice, based on TripAdvisor reviews, but we were so pleased that we ended up here. We all had fish starters - all excellent, indeed my mother said her prawns were the best she'd ever had. I had fishcakes which were almost entirely fish. Delicious! Mains were good too,... More 

Thank Jennifer_UK
Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

There is a saying, I wish you enough. Mariners is definitely enough! We've had enough bland or overseasoned meals elsewhere, enough bad service at other restaurants to compare. We were greeted by someone who was friendly and given a choice of tables (we had booked). The restaurant is small, cosy, with that feeling of intimacy that's hard to come by... More 

Thank BeckieCP
Enkoping, Sweden
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256 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Been a couple of years since we were last here but glad to say John the owner is still keeping his standards very high serving excellent food in an interesting environment with the history of Bideford on the walls so you always have something to keep you entertained whilst waiting for your food

Thank sturob47
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215 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Had a pleasant meal with excellent reasonably priced wine on Saturday night. Good sized portions so next time may not have a starter! We all had the Fish Chowder which came with plenty of vegetables. Very good service and friendly and attentive chef/ proprietor?

Thank davidSolihull
Ware, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Mariners Bar probably looks understated from the outside and very homely inside. John has a real passion for good quality food and good service, there is a huge resource of really good food books that you can browse during your visit, if you so wish. Always friendly and so are the other patrons in our experience.

Thank AlanfromWare
Braunton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The food is great, the service was brilliant. We went for valentines dinner and had fish cake with prawns and a ham hock slice for starters - both great. The venison wellington for the main was cooked perfectly and came with a good amount of veggies. We had a chocolate and orange cheesecake for pud and that was the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 32
British, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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
We will be closed on Thursday 9th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?