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 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 to Westward Ho! was it was such a beautiful day we would be astonished if...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 and it was fantastic and the home made deserts are out of this world. Xx

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  •   A great place to eat, nice atmosphere and a gorgeous terrace over looking the river. W e were made extremely welcome by the owners, will definitely pop in if we return to Bideford.

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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 RECOMMENDED

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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 warm and could not do enough for you. I would highly recommend 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 great setting. The children had the kids meals which they all ate and commented on...More

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

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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 do children's options on the Sunday too, which works great for my family. Every occasion...More

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      We had my 40th birthday party at the riverbank, James and the team were absolutely awesome from the start. Nothing was too much trouble to make sure the night went smoothly. We had a buffet with hot meat carvery rolls and various sides. The bar...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 10 months. We enter and were greated by a miserable lady, cold, hostile and generally...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 very prompt in taking our drinks and food order so our initial impressions were really...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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      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 Bridge,,,parking, very near by,, If you are visiting Bideford, this place is great value for money

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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 I did ! the meal was absolutely wonderful, the staff were awesome nothing was too...More

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      Went with a group and it turned out it was a Thai evening . Have to say the food was great but the staff were brilliant they really looked after us and as one of our number was vegetarian they cooked a special for him...More

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  •   We stayed in Bideford for a long weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We visited the Riverbank on the second night because it was close to our hotel. The food, particularly the sea bass was excellent and the service was also very ,very good. We...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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  •   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 dining room and outdoor patio with lovely views of the Torridge is delightful and deceptively...More

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      So good I've said wow three times . My partner and I are frequent visitors to the Riverbank and each time we cannot got over the warm and friendly welcome from the staff here at the Riverbank. The food is incredible and well worth the...More

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