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Welcome to The Riverbank Bistro

Discover Our Story

James & Vicky Priestley offer a warm and friendly welcome to the Riverbank bar & bistro and we pride ourselves on offering the best service & food possible.

Friendly and less formal service with the emphasis on a good relaxed atmosphere.

Innovative new ideas (things that haven’t been done before) and not forgetting our own signature dishes. Everything on our menus is made from scratch on the premises.

Welcome to the Riverbank Bistro

Formerly known as The Swan Inn, the River Bank Bideford serves a mouth watering selection of freshly prepared dishes, using the finest meats, seafood, fruit and vegetables sourced locally wherever possible. Located by the river just across the bridge from Bideford town centre, there is ample parking just 200 metres away.

If you’re looking for an ideal place in Bideford to meet friends or work colleagues, our refreshingly refurbished restaurant should meet your needs. Whether for a light snack at lunchtime or a more substantial meal by candlelight at dinner.

Why not have a drink on your arrival in our stylish bar area or relax outside on our beautiful decked terrace with picturesque river views.

Our team of Chefs create daily specials in addition to our extensive menu, liaising with our local suppliers to offer seasonal dishes for all budgets and tastes. We cater for special dietary requirements including gluten free, vegetarian and nut allergies.


The Riverbank Restaurant provides a great venue for groups and functions in Bideford and is available for parties, wedding receptions, corporate entertainment & special events.

In total we can cater for up to 70 diners inside the restaurant, as well as an additional 20 seats on our riverside outside decking area during the warmer months. Our galley area can accommodate up to 26 diners and our river view room offers private dining for up to 10 people, providing the perfect location for a family celebration dinner or a business lunch.

Larger groups for parties and celebrations can be catered for, we can be very flexible in order to meet any particular catering requirements you may have, call us on 01237 473399 to discuss your requirements and we will create an individual menu to meet all your needs.

We have catered for 150 guests, this is based on an informal buffet whereby the whole venue is booked out for private hire. We also offer outdoor catering.

Please note, advance booking and a deposit will be required.

Great Food

Lovely Atmosphere

The people, food and the prime location make the Riverbank the perfect place good friends & family to come together and have great time. If it’s a romantic meal for two, or the whole family, we have it covered.

Seat up to 70 guests


Years of Experience


Yorkshire Puddings


Garden Peas


Sunday carvery every week.


Sunday carvery every week.

Special Menus

Ask for our daily specials including the vegetarian dish of the day.

Special Menus

Ask for our daily specials including the vegetarian dish of the day.

Take Out

You can take out our carvery, just call and order!

Take Out

You can take out our carvery, just call and order!

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