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Mariners Bar & Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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Mariners (Formally Lathwells) is a Grade Two listed historic building in one of Bideford's oldest streets. The building dates back to the 1700'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.
US$6 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Seafood, European, British
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived on a very cold frost evening, we entered the restaurant it was warm and well lit, we were met and greeted by a friendly lady who took our coats and scarfs. we were shown to our table which was located in the front...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 221mario
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what a fantastic place to eat. Very friendly staff and the food is gorgeous. I had the Three fish dish with Lobster and Crab Risotto which was beautiful. If you are ever in Bideford and want a really good meal give the Mariners a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank stevelB348EX
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

I paid a visit to this quaint little restaurant after it was recommended to me by a friend. I must say I was not disappointed. Great service from the attentive staff and an extensive range of dishes, in a cosy setting. Would definitely visit again....More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

This restaurant was well reviewed by our hosts in Bideford. However, despite the excellent friendly service, we did not find it particularly comfortable. We expected some really good fish dishes, but their descriptions did not fill us with longing. So we had two meat dishes,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank O9205YLcharlesk
John E, Owner at Mariners Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback. We're saddened that our fish dishes appeared to be uninspiring. Admittedly, we do not do huge descriptions as staff are are always happy to give extra information on our dishes if asked. We're really grateful you flagged this...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018

Returned here after an enjoyable visit several years before. Pleased with attitude of staff after we complained of being seated upstairs, away from atmosphere of main restaurant... Also, one of our dishes was too peppery and when we mentioned it the chef came to our...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Karen H
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I found this place on trip advisor when planning our holiday but I forgot to book. On trying to book on the morning we wanted to go (which also happened to be our last day) staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Compass271495
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Superb food. Small but beautifully formed menu and some very good wine. John and his staff are welcoming, attentive and will really look after you. If you’re in Bideford, don’t miss this place!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Phil C
Reviewed 20 September 2018

How have we missed this superb restaurant? We have lived locally for three years and this was our first visit. Recent disappointments at other restaurants and a friends recommendation led us to The Mariners. The atmosphere is relaxing and cosy. The staff are excellent -...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ClownTriggerfish
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We first visited this restaurant a couple of years ago and our return visit did not disappoint us. Atmosphere, service and food are wonderful.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mosherwood2
Reviewed 16 September 2018

We booked a table here on a Saturday night at the end of the school holidays. The food and drink was both superb. I couldn't resist the calamari starter and my main of Turbot with a crab and lobster risotto was both enourmous and tasty....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Chris T
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31 May 2018|
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Response from Sattikaurbhatti1977 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry that supposed to say wouldn’t
Meg B
7 July 2016|
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Response from John E | Property representative |
Hi Meg, sorry for the delay in replying, we must have missed this question! We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 6.30pm. Hope to see you soon. Kind regards, John and Team.
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