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 held a surprise 60th birthday party here and couldn't be more happy with it. The chef put on a delicious buffet, the service was great, and the location and bar was ideal. A lovely outdoor area looking over the river also. Would highly recommend.

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      We went to the bistro for the special offer of 2 meals plus bottle of wine for £25. The wine was 5% rubbish, that's why I say I was conned! To add insult to injury I had a very small amount of dauphinoise potatoes so,...More

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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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      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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  •   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 the family. Perfect for everyone for any occasion.

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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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  •   Spent a lovely evening next to the river for the first open air dinner of he year. The Greek food is particularly good. Only problem was the credit card machine was not functioning that day.

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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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  •   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 us waiting 15 minutes to serve us with drinks.We asked if we could go to our table and the first girl we saw took us through.We sat at the table for 10 minutes and no one approached us. so i called a waitress across and asked her what we had to do,did we need a ticket for the carvery.She said she would get us the tickets and we would be next to be called through to the carvery area after a table of 4 before us.Twenty minutes later we were still waiting.In the meantime several people coming in for takeaway carvery all served before us.had to call the same waitress over again to get drinks.No water offered,although other tables had them.Eventually got called through to carvery.A big choice of really nice vegetables,lovely roasties and parsnips.We opted for the rare beef which looked really nice but was very tough and rubbery.No check back or options of puddings so we decided to get the bill and go.While we were eating,a woman came through the restaurant with a basket of dirty clothes.Just not very proffesional.we wont be going back.We live half a mile away but it seems they are more interested in their regulars and takeaway clients.Very cliquey.

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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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      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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  •   It’s amazing to be able to go to a carvery and eat EVERYTHING! Even specially made Yorkshire puddings to cater for a gluten allergy! James and his team couldn’t have been more helpful! And I’ll definitely be back 😊

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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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  •   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 plate. If you’ve never been then you should try it, you won’t leave hungry. Thanks to the...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 area at rear overlooking the river. Returned this Sunday for carvery food and service excellent.

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  •   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 drinks if required. We had gorgeous weather which helped and the terrace at the back...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. The food was fantastic and excellent value for money. A great evening was had by...More

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  •   Fancied a carvery on Sunday so decided to try the Riverbank for a change from the many other eateries in the North Devon area.First the good.The chef a very friendly,jovial genuine chap.Yorkshire puddings the best Ive ever had anywhere,as were the roast parsnips and potatoes,lovely...More


      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 lovely idea, food was to die for! Compliments to the chef. They really made our...More

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