”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.

  •   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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      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

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  •   We just called in without a reservation for Sunday carvery. There was so much choice and almost everything was gluten free. The chef even made gluten free Yorkshire puddings. Everyone... 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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  •   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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      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

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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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      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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  •   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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      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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  •   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

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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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  •   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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      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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  •   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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      Can honestly say that was one of the best meals we’ve had within north devon in quite some time, the service was good & the quality of food was amazing... 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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      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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  •   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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      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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