Where to Eat in Bideford: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 5, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Bideford (/ˈbɪdɪfərd/ BID-ə-fərd) is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon, south-west England. It is the main town of the Torridge local government district.
Things to do in Bideford

1. Mariners Bar & Restaurant

4 Cooper Street, Bideford EX39 2DA, England (Formerly Lathwells) Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1237 476447
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 309 reviews

Mariners Bar & Restaurant

We will be closed on Thursday 9th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.<br><br>Mariners (Formally Lathwells) is a Grade Two listed historic building in one of Bideford&apos;s oldest streets. The building dates back to the 1700&apos;s. History tells us it has been a Mariners house, an Inn, a sowing school, a private house and now a restaurant. Mariners is small, intimate and relaxing. The table is yours for the evening. Our food is cooked from fresh to order. We pride ourselves on seasonal fish and meat from the Bay Area as far as possible. Our menu changes often with specials featuring on a daily basis. We look forward to meeting you. Booking is strongly advisable to secure a table. We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 6.30pm. Last food orders are taken at 8.30pm.

Reviewed By Aliba01 - Westcountry

A superb evening from the friendly welcome, attentive but unobtrusive service, relaxed cosy atmosphere and of course the superb food, .my husband started with Lobster Bisque which was delicious, he then ordered Chicken Casserole with dumplings and I choose the Roast Partridge, served with a separate dish of roasted vegetables. Needless to say after having a very filling starter my husband passed on a sweet, but I indulged in Cheesecake with berries and ice cream, all washed down with a large glass of wine each and a pot of fresh coffee.
Mariners is the place to go for freshly cooked delicious food and not at an inflated price.

2. Restaurant at The Hoops Inn

Horns Cross | Clovelly, Bideford EX39 5DL, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$243 +44 1237 451222
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 638 reviews

Restaurant at The Hoops Inn

A beautiful ancient thatched Inn conveniently located on the A39 Atlantic Highway between Bideford and the tourist destination of Clovelly. The Hoops Inn serves traditional bar meals in both the pub and restaurant areas with am emphasis on fine, locally sourced ingredients. Food is served all day. In addition to the popular pub there are also 13 en-suite bedrooms.

Reviewed By slb1122 - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Great cosy atmosphere with lots of quirky items to look at. Lovely little snugs to hide away in from the main restaurant.
Great variety of dishes with products locally sourced. Lovely children’s menu as well.
The food was absolutely amazing and definitely worth the price.
Would recommend to anyone to visit.

3. The Thatched Inn

Abbotsham, Bideford EX39 5BA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +44 1237 471321
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 613 reviews

The Thatched Inn

Reviewed By charisma570 - Newport

Six of us visited on a busy Friday night to celebrate our niece’s 18th Birthday. Very friendly and cosy bar to enjoy a drink before our meal in one of the relaxed but nicely decorated restaurant rooms.
Carlos, our waiter, was excellent. Immediately engaged well with all members of the family. Very good knowledge of the food and wine menu. Invested time to chat with us and make recommendations on meal choices.
Food was superb and portions very generous. Without doubt one of our best meals/nights out. We will be returning soon.

4. The Coach and Horses

Buckland Road | Nr. Bideford, North Devon, Bideford EX39 5LU, England Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, British, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1237 451395
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

The Coach and Horses

The Coach & Horses Inn at Buckland Brewer in North Devon is set amongst the beautiful Devon countryside, with Exmoor on one side, Dartmoor the other and the lovely sandy Beaches of the North Devon coast within a few minutes drive. The ideal location for a perfect traditional free house.

Reviewed By Dawn S - Devon, United Kingdom

My partner and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal here. We ordered a chicken dish with Cheddar and ale sauce and a broccoli, leek and stilton tart from the specials menu. Both were delicious! The pub is incredibly cosy and perfect for warming up on a cold autumn day.

5. Country Cousins

3 Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho, Bideford EX39 1LL, England Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$283 +44 1237 476989
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 686 reviews

Country Cousins

Reviewed By Gaynor100 - Poole, England, United Kingdom

Wonderful place to stop for lunch. The staff were lovely. The food amazing with a great variety to choose from. The desserts to die for.... haven't seen that much excellent desert choice for a while. Definitely worth a visit. If we were closer I'd be back again. Thank you

6. The Westleigh Inn

Westleigh EX39 4NL, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1271 860867
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

The Westleigh Inn

Traditional welcoming Pub, serving delicious freshly cooked meals along with quality ales, lagers, ciders and exclusive wines. Family and dog friendly pub. With large garden with play area and bike racks Food served Monday -Friday 12pm-2.30pm 5.30pm-9pm Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm 5pm-9pm Please see website for sample of our menu

Reviewed By specialK1937 - Bude

We motored up from Bude, and had a Valentine's lunch here, and it couldn't have been better! It was a cold, miserable and wet day but the pub was warm and cosy! My wife had an excellent rib eye steak, and from the specials board I chose a superb Beef Curry, and I told that waitress that it was as good as an orgasm, but probably better because it lasted longer.
I understand that this pub has changed hands in recent times, so I can't compare it with what it was. All I can say is that they don't come much finer than this. It's what I would call a proper pub and it deserves to do well! Highly recommended!

7. The Beaver Inn

85 Irsha Street, Appledore, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1237 474822
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 516 reviews

The Beaver Inn

Freindly Family Run Estuary-side Pub/restaurant,bar Meals,al Fresco Dining On Our Riverside Patio,regular Music Nights(ranging From Contemporary Jazz Through Folk To Rock),poolroom,kids Welcome,well Behaved Dogs Allowed In Bar And Poolroom.keep An Eye On Our Facebook Site For Regular Updates On Entertainment And Theme Nights Etc.weddings,christenings,wakes Etc.by Arrangement We Try Our Best To Accommodate Your Needs

Reviewed By Andrew M - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Called into the Beaver tonight and we all had a really nice Sunday dinner.
It was very well cooked and with plenty of vegetables. Unfortunately we had no room for
Desert which also looked lovely. Will surly return later in the week.
Attentive friendly staff, comfy dining area overlooking the water.

8. Velvet & Vanilla

12 Cooper Street, Bideford EX39 2DA, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$188 +44 1237 420444
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Velvet & Vanilla

Consistently delicious. Cosy & friendly independent cafe & bar, locally renowned for great tasting home-made food at reasonable prices. Open for breakfast, lunch, coffee & home-baked cakes, afternoon teas, evenings, private parties. A good range of traditional and contemporary dishes and a variety of tempting vegetarian options; sandwiches, jackets, soups, mezze & pizza etc. Fully licenced - great cocktails and sensibly selected wine list. Very child-friendly. Free wifi.

Reviewed By Kathrynms

We arrived as a group of 10 and were totally looked after by friendly staff - nothing too much trouble. Delicious tapas, reasonably priced and plenty of it!! Great atmosphere and location. Would definitely return ?

9. Memories restaurant

8 Fore Street | Northam, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AW, England Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards European, British, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$165 - HK$385 +44 1237 473419
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 178 reviews

Memories restaurant

A Small fine dining restaurant run by husband and wife team and where the table is yours for the night

Reviewed By Elizabeth W - Devon, United Kingdom

This restaurant is fantastic! Only open a couple of days a week, with fresh fish on the menu caught by the chef. A great family run business . Fantastic menus, always consistent and brilliant. A must I for you are in the area.Thankyou for your lovely review , our opening hours are Thursday -Saturday evenings from 7pm , we hope to see you again

10. Market Street Kitchen

25 Market Street, Appledore EX39 1PP, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$126 +44 1237 474168
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 430 reviews

Market Street Kitchen

Reviewed By Portis20 - Portishead, United Kingdom

It’s down a bit really pretty Street. The welcome is warm and friendly. Nice atmosphere. The coffee is lovely. As well of a couple of slices of thick toast. The cakes look amazing. Been back twice out of a three day visit to the area....MoreThank you for such a lovely review! We are blessed with the location of our cafe & glad you could appreciate the pretty lanes around the area. We hope you can visit again for more proper coffee & home made treats :)

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