”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.

  •   Went solo for a light meal and a beer on the patio at the river's edge. Good food, good service. Glad I went.

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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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  •   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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      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 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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      We had a lovely dinner here but it could of started off better I pre booked or at least I thought I had when we walked in they had no... 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.

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

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      Decided to take my family out for Christmas Day lunch, my mum is always raving about the Riverbank so I got her to book us in. I am so glad... read more

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  •   The staff are lovely, so kind and helpful. Food is always cooked to perfection, would recommend to anyone who wants a fancy meal out, or just to spend time with... read more

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      On a dismally wet Sunday we decided to find somewhere for lunch as a bit of cheer on our grey and wet August Bank Holiday weekend. Staying locally to Bideford,... 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 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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  •   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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      Very nice Sunday lunch last week 23/9/18 me and my daughter had very good service this is the first time we been here and we be returning

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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


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    Compliments to the Staff
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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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      I absolutely love this restaurant! The food is always delicious (particularly the Sunday Carverys) and the staff are welcoming and friendly. I highly recommend the Riverbank for any occasion.... read more

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