”Book your company Christmas meal here at the Riverbank” click here to download the xmas menu.

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.

  •   I will not go into too much detail but my husband and I have not had the best experience at The Riverbank. Extremely slow service and only two staff who... read more

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      Location is at the end of the bridge over the river welcomed my 2 soggy dogs no problem staff friendly and offered my dogs water I would go again

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  •   The riverbank is one of my regular restaurants to dine, every time I visit I am never let down amazing food and outstanding staff always putting the customer first.

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      Managed to fit us in as a walk in on a Saturday night. The people serving were polite, efficient and friendly. The food was good and well presented

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  •   This restaurant is fantastic the food is delicious the staff is friendly and amazing at their jobs. I couldn't be happier with my service and meal at this establishment. HIGHLY... read more

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      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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  •   My hubby and I have just had a meal at this excellent restaurant. The service is really good and our waitress, who I think is called Kerry, was very helpful... read more

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      We went for a light lunch and received the most excellent service and quality food and drink at very reasonable prices. Whilst it was quiet as most people had gone... read more

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  •   We went with a group of friends and everyone of us had a delicious roast. Would highly recommend and would definitely come back

    thumb Claire V

      Booked a table for 1 o clock.The member of staff who was at the door didnt seem to know the procedure and didnt tell us either.The barmaid,although she saw us,kept... read more

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  •   A group of us attended a work reunion at the Riverbank. The helpful staff kept us supplied with a buffet and lots of tea and coffee as well as other... read more

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      This was the first time me and my partner have been to the Restaurant, we both loved it, the staff where all very friendly, professional and smartly dressed. The food... read more

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  •   We booked a table for a family get together on Saturday 18th Aug. We were made to feel very welcome by all the staff who were very friendly,helpful and polite.... read more

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      Have been meaning to visit this establishment for a while and were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the waitress (Jade)made us welcome and informed us of the menu.... read more

    Keith H
  •   Very nice afternoon staff are courtias and happy. Food was second to none great carvery. Best Bideford Sunday roast. Also do take away carvery.

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      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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  •   4 of us booked to dine here on NYE. The restaurant was about half full when we arrived and we were greeted and seated straight away. Our first waitress was... read more

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      Four of us booked in for a traditional afternoon tea. The sandwiches were tasty and our vegetarian friend well catered for. Scones were freshly baked albeit modest in size. Cakes... read more

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  •   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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      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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