We wish all our customers old and new a very happy new year. 

Bideford, restaurant, Burgers, cheese_burger, outside area, cosy, warm.

Mouth Watering Food

Mouth Watering Food

Our very own herb garden which we use in all our sauces etc.

Burger, bideford, best, tower_burger,Cheese_burger_joint,

Dedicated & Attending Staff

Dedicated & Attending Staff

Friendly and less formal service with the emphasis on a good relaxed atmosphere.

Bideford, Bistro, coffee,

Relaxing Atmosphere

Relaxing Atmosphere

Beautiful riverside views from our decked open air restaurant area and we have our very own captains table which is ideal for a family gathering with views of the river.

New phone number 01237 238387

FREE parking for people dining at the Riverbank. We will pay for your parking for up to 3 hours. Please retain your parking ticket for a refund.

Car parking close by click here for location

Available between April & September

Watch this space for the brand new theme nights!

Seasonal Treasures

Our Chefs Specialities

Download full Menu as a PDF here

Our Chef

At Your Service

James Priestley

Head Chef

My name is James Priestley and I was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1977.

Ever since I started in the catering industry at the age of 14 I dreamt of running my own restaurant, my dream eventually came true and with the support of my family was able to open The Riverbank Bar & Bistro, Bideford in May 2016.

At a young age I worked very hard starting off as a part time kitchen porter, then as a trainee chef in Halifax at a family run cafe/restaurant. By the age of 18 through sheer determination and wanting to fulfil my ambition was running the kitchen.

I moved to Woolacombe, North Devon in 1998 before settling in the Bideford area with my wife and family.

I have a strong passion for food and service, and welcome all to my very first restaurant. I’m looking forward to meeting you soon.

From our sister business Riviera catering company

Bespoke outside catering company

The Riviera Catering Co

Catering for outdoor events including weddings, parties. Contact James.

The Riviera Catering Co

Catering for outdoor events including weddings, parties. Contact James.

New and exciting!

Theme nights coming

New and exciting!

Theme nights coming

Sunday Carvery

The best carvery in Bideford, book early!

Sunday Carvery

The best carvery in Bideford, book early!

We are fully licensed

James, our chef and owner is passionate about good food and drink. Our fresh fish is sourced locally and delivered by our local fishmonger, our herbs are grown onsite here at the Riverside.

  •   We held a surprise 60th birthday party here and couldn't be more happy with it. The chef put on a delicious buffet, the service was great, and the location and... read more

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      Went for a meal Friday evening , booked the 2meals for £25.00 offer with a bottle of fizz. Great meal ,good value for money and friendly service. Well worth a visit.

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  •   I was staying on my own in a hotel that was very very close. I don't normally travel alone but on this Friday night I was. On walking through the... read more

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      I have never eaten such tasteless food. Roast potatoes burnt,cauliflower cheese was hard with hardly any sauce. Not a Sunday Lunch that l would dish up. The Apple Crumble was... read more

    thumb Elaine R
  •   Made our order after being told 2 items on the menu were not available, the waitress reread our order back to us correctly.
    When our food arrived I have ordered... read more

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      We had my 40th birthday party at the riverbank, James and the team were absolutely awesome from the start. Nothing was too much trouble to make sure the night went... read more

    thumb Annette R
  •   Went for a meal with my partner on the 11th of January
    It felt bright warm and welcoming and was busy for the time of year which speaks volumes.
    Enjoyed... read more

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      I went for their Sunday cavery with my family, It is the best around and cooked to perfection! The choices and variety are extensive! So accommodating and friendly! They even... read more

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  •   Visited on a Friday evening in June for a planned birthday meal. The bar area was quiet upon arrival, and so my partner and I had a quiet drink together.... read more


      The Riverbank serves the best carvery in Bideford. Excellent locally sourced Meat, fresh Veg, crispy potatoes, wonderful cauliflower cheese and homemade Yorkshire puddings that take up half the... read more

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  •   Fantastic meal, Lots of vegetables to choose from. One of the best roast dinners I've had in ages, very friendly staff, shall definitely be going back soon.

    thumb Penelope H

      Went for late lunch on Sunday. Carvery all looked appetising with plenty of choice of meat and veg. Unfortunately we were the only people there so beef had become very... read more

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  •   We stayed in Bideford for a long weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We visited the Riverbank on the second night because it was close to our hotel. The food,... read more

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      Spent a lovely evening next to the river for the first open air dinner of he year. The Greek food is particularly good. Only problem was the credit card machine... read more

    thumb Helen S
  •   Family visit to the Riverbank did not disappoint. The food was excellent, lots of choice, lots of flavour and great value for money The staff are welcoming and... read more

    thumb Andie B

      Lovely food, fantastic service, Restaurant was well presented, I would recommend the Riverside to anybody wishing to pop in for a peaceful Dinner or like our selves to celebrate our... read more

    thumb Anthony E
  •   Delicious Sunday Roast by far one the best in Bideford and surrounding area. James and his team are very accommodating, service is always top class. You will always have a... read more

    thumb Kelly P

      We had no booking, but they accommodated 6 of us without fuss. A good menu and the portions were enormous.
    Food quality is pretty good, and a nice range of... read more

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  •   A really great Sunday carvery, professional and friendly staff, three different meats and a wonderful array of vegetables. Perfect food in a great setting.

    thumb Malcolm489

      Fantastic food, lovely staff, beautiful ambience, Thank you, The Bott Family The Restaurant is on the bank of the River Torridge with amazing view of the historic Bideford Old... read more

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