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Delicious dining in Bideford

When it comes to dining in Bideford and exploring places to eat near Bideford, look no further than Merchants Bistro, a unique and unforgettable hotel restaurant in North Devon. As one of the best bistros in North Devon, we take pride in offering the best locally sourced produce in the area. Your furry companions are more than welcome to join you in our dog-friendly establishment.

For those seeking a more relaxed ambience, retreat to our Kingsley Lounge, where you can unwind in comfort while taking in panoramic views of the tranquil River Torridge. 
And what better way to round off your weekend than with a traditional Sunday roast? Join us in the historic surroundings of Palm Court for a feast fit for royalty and bask in a classic British dining experience with us.

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Step into our dog-friendly Merchants Bistro, where you and your beloved four-legged companions are warmly welcomed. Whether it's lunchtime or dinner, indulge in exceptional cuisine, accompanied by attentive service and an inviting ambiance.

Casual Dining
Sunday Lunch
Festive Dining
Afternoon Tea
View of Palm Court at Royal Hotel

For your dream wedding venue or a more intimate celebration, Palm Court is an exceptional choice. With its stylish decor and opulent surroundings, it exudes a special atmosphere that will captivate your heart. Every occasion becomes truly memorable, with top-notch service and a Sunday carvery experience that adds an extra touch of delight.

Sunday Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Kingsley Lounge at Royal Hotel

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, there is no better place than in our historic Kingsley Lounge. Meet with loved ones as you make yourself at home in one of our luxurious armchairs with our historic surroundings and views of the River Torridge as your backdrop.

Casual Dining
Afternoon Tea
Trio of Desserts at Merchants Bistro


Our menus are thoughtfully crafted to delight every palate. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of culinary creations that showcase the finest ingredients and flavors. From our tantalizing appetizers to our sumptuous main courses, each dish is meticulously prepared by our talented chefs.
Non Festive Plated Roast at Merchants Bistro

The Finest Sunday Carvery

From £14.95 per person

Our Sunday Carvery is a real feast and is perfectly complemented by a selection of delicious puddings and desserts homemade at The Barnstaple Hotel. We recommend booking in advance as our carvery is extremely popular.

Merchants Bistro

Private Dining

We also offer exclusive use of our private dining rooms for more intimate celebrations and occasions where you can simply enjoy each other's company and delve into wonderfully delicious food. 

Afternoon Tea at Merchants Bistro

Luxurious High Teas

From £19.50 per person

Sit back, relax and enjoy tiers of treats - savoury and sweet served traditionally on tiered cake stands. Come together with family and friends, as we tempt your taste buds with an array of sweets and Devonshire scones. 

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