”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
soon!

New and exciting!

Theme nights coming
soon!

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.

  •   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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    8/15/2018

      My hubby and I have just had a meal at this excellent restaurant. The service is really good and our waitress, who I think is called Kerry, was very helpful... read more

    thumb SandraAnnK
    5/15/2019
  •   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... read more

    thumb devonfan2018
    7/03/2018

      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
    1/28/2019
  •   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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    8/19/2018

      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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    1/21/2019
  •   I was staying on my own in a hotel that was very very close. I don't normally travel alone but on this Friday night I was. On walking through the... read more

    thumb SurfersideB
    4/01/2019

      Made our order after being told 2 items on the menu were not available, the waitress reread our order back to us correctly.
    When our food arrived I have ordered... read more

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    8/29/2019
  •   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.

    thumb christine_curtis3
    7/24/2018

      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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    10/02/2018
  •   We've eaten here twice this year and both times have been lovely. Lots of choice on the menu and the food is great. Special thanks to Ebony who is lovely... read more

    thumb Lottiepop4
    9/22/2018

      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

    thumb brummychez
    5/07/2019
  •   A really great Sunday carvery, professional and friendly staff, three different meats and a wonderful array of vegetables. Perfect food in a great setting.

    thumb Malcolm489
    7/29/2019

      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

    thumb andrewhooker
    7/29/2019
  •   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

    thumb Bryony K
    2/03/2019

      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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    6/30/2019
  •   I have never eaten such tasteless food. Roast potatoes burnt,cauliflower cheese was hard with hardly any sauce. Not a Sunday Lunch that l would dish up. The Apple Crumble was... read more

    thumb Elaine R
    9/24/2018

      A group of us attended a work reunion at the Riverbank. The helpful staff kept us supplied with a buffet and lots of tea and coffee as well as other... read more

    thumb travellingrosiedevon
    10/02/2018
  •   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

    thumb jordypowell99
    8/27/2019

      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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    1/13/2019