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.