Here at Riverside we are avid animal lovers and have grown our menagerie over the years to now boast chickens, goats, pigs, and miniature donkeys, alongside our resident pets! Meet the stars …
Charlie, the playful English Springer Spaniel and Chloe the cute working Cocker Spaniel are very close to our hearts and great characters. Both are friendly and always happy to greet you. They will merrily pop over to you to say hello.
You might like to visit the little farmyard and see the goats and miniature donkey or chickens in the woodland. All of the animals in the farmyard are here for everyone to enjoy but please do not feed the animals at any time.
Toyser, gentle yet cheeky, is a reliable Miniature Mediterranean Donkey, an exotic breed originating from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily.. Now almost extinct in their native land, these diminutive little animals are “At risk globally” by FANGR, a committee which monitors the genetic resources of farm animals. Our donkey, Toyser, is a stallion able to service the “ladies” and a much valued member of our loving home.
Our friendly golden guernsey goats help maintain the woodland and hedgerow. Their main goal in life is to escape the pound where the grass is always greener! Their distinctive silky golden hair colour can vary from a pale blonde gold to a deep bronze. Their milk yield is fairly small, making it unsuitable as a commercial breed, but quite satisfactory as a family milk provider.
Nothing beats the delicious taste of our fresh eggs with their golden yolks in a scrumptious breakfast, meringues or fresh mayonnaise. Our family always kept chickens and we have bred chickens from an early start here at Riverside. You can see our flock of cute chicks with their curious behaviour pottering about their space in the woodland.
The Gloucestershire Old Spot with its black spots is known as the “orchard pig” as it was kept in orchards to graze the grass and to eat windfall apples is a rare breed. Folklore has it that the spots are bruises caused by falling apples. These are lovely and lively pigs that enjoys rooting for food and escaping providing top quality pork, roasting joints and sausages.
Riverside Bideford sits beautifully on the estuary of the river Torridge. The outside gardens, decks or covered terrace are all perfectly positioned to sit back and enjoy the view. The Refurbished summer house also provides seating and woodlands are great if you fancy a bit more of a walk. Relax and watch the changing tides of the river, the wading birds or the spectacular sunsets.
From Bideford Quay continue straight at the roundabout to take the A386 towards Torrington (for approximately 1 mile). This is a 60 mile/hour road.
Drive past Higher Marsh & Forest Hill House on the right and a lay by/truck stop on the left. We are just past ‘Halsannery House’ which is on your right, around the next left hand bend.
Drive past the first entrance and parking is 200 metres on your left.
Parking & Disabled Access
There is ample parking and all access from the car park to the entrance of the restaurant is flat, with accessible tables outside. If you are concerned about accessibility, please phone 01237 459203 to find out more.
The biggest attraction to North Devon is its natural environment which covers nearly 800 square miles of countryside, great for walking or cycling or even shooting in the winter. North Devon comprises of many pretty market towns and villages and has over 30 paid entry visitor attractions including; The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Clovelly Village, RHS Rosemoor Gardens and Lundy Island to name but a few. If you desire a more energetic holiday and love the water like we do, then look no further; you can kayak for free right here at Riverside Bideford. We are situated opposite the Tarka Trail which is popular for walking and cycling holidays. Or learn to wind surf or kite surf at the nearby beach at Westwood Ho!
The picturesque sandy beach at Instow is great for family days out. Royal North Devon Golf Course at Northam Burrows is one of the oldest links golf courses in the UK and is just 10 minutes drive away.