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.

  •   Lovely food, great service. We'll definitely be back when we're next down visiting. Highly recommended.

    thumb Chris B

      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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  •   We visited the bistro during a holiday to Bideford this July - from the outside this gem of a eatery is deceiving appearing to only be small, once inside the... read more

    thumb Nicala O

      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
  •   Just want to say thank you for an amazing meal, this place is just wonderful the staff are very polite and helpful and friendly. Popped in for a carvery today... read more

    thumb Julie B

      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

    thumb Michael M
  •   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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      Went to the riverbank for a carvary after recommendations from friends. I wasn't disappointed. As soon as you enter into the bar, I was greeted by a very friendly member... read more

    Ashley R
  •   Havent been to this place for a while, thought we'd try out the new owners and chef, not disappointed,it was busy, which was good to see! very good food ambience... read more

    thumb Lynette Mary T

      Went in for a meal , the menu has all my favorite food on it , we decided on the camembert for starter , the onion relish and salad and... read more

    thumb GillJ118
  •   High quality food which is freshly cooked and there is also a take away service available. Service is excellent and the staff are very friendly. One issue is there is... read more


      Leaving to return to Asia my wife booked us a family meal with her son who stays here in Bideford. She chooses this place for our last meal together for... read more

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  •   Went in weekend just gone, absolutely amazing food, took my family there for a meal and couldn't beat it, value for money, good hearty food, and the staff are so... read more

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      I went with friends and family for a evening meal and had a lovely experience. The staff were exceptionally friendly and accommodating, the food delicious and the outdoor terrace a... 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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      Took the family for Sunday carvery on father's day , great selection of meats and vegetables . Friendly service served quickly even though they were very busy , lovely decking... read more

    thumb Darren h
  •   Courses were absolutely lovely!there was games for the children,very festive atmosphere, staff were delightful and polite,free glass of prosecco on arrival, children had a selection box also which was a... read more

    thumb jaydecjury

      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

    thumb Naishcombe
  •   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.

    thumb Darren h

      Booked for a table of 9 today with visiting familu. Most of us chooing lamb or beef. Great selection of vegetables and the best yorkies ever! Clean plates all round... read more

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