The River Shack

4.8
143 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
At The River Shack we are not interested in fuss or formalities, we simply want to provide delicious food and drink in a relaxed and beautiful setting. Luckily the views in themselves do most of the work...

Along with the rest of our fantastic team, we look forward to meeting you down at the creek!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 143 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bright bubbly staff. Sane if quirky menu. Not sure that Italy would approve of a spicy prawn and peanut pizza. Good though.

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GeorginaC
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So friendly! Quick service and delicious food with a view over the water - what’s not to like

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Chaz
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with top notch food - a real belter fun by lovely young couple

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nicks
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fabulous food and location Will and Faye are doing a fantastic job

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VictoriaC
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place, brilliant outlook over Mill Pool and the estuary, delicious food, smiling service, altogether a wonderful experience.

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Hevris
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we are in the area, we always make a point of booking into the Rivershack. The food is ALWAYS amazing, fresh and tasty. Service is happy and bright and nothing too much trouble. Just one disappointment, the full english breakfast has gone (hopefully just for the time being) and I was told its to help the kitchen in these difficult time. Please. please bring it back as soon as you can. Thank you again for a wonderful dinner and breakfast on this visit. Look forward to next moths visit already.

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SueK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A beautiful setting to enjoy some food and drink. The outdoor space overlooks the Mill Pond and is tranquil. It’s worth a walk around the pond to visit the church.
The food was tasty and the waiting staff all very friendly. We had Brixham Mackerel on sourdough and Crab with toast, both very nice. We then shared a cream tea. The scones were still warm and again tasted good. The clotted cream was not too generous and a little more would have made it a perfect cream tea in a perfect setting.
We enquired about the cream teas on the menu and were told that they like people to order from the lunch menu at that time of day, 3pm. We had anticipated having a late lunch and saw the cream tea as a bonus but the comment seemed odd and a little off putting. Hence the 4 stars. In the event we enjoyed both and this wouldn’t put us off returning in the future. Definitely worth a visit if you are near Stoke Gabriel.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good staff serving really good food in a really good riverside location. Highly recommended. Will definitely go again.

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RosieH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are anywhere near Stoke Gabriel the River Shack serves good food in terrific surroundings. Don’t miss it!

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GabyW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious coffee & pancakes to die for.
Efficient & very friendly service in a charming location.

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davidw
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect location. Glad we booked.
The women serving here are friendly and helpful despite being rushed off their feet.
What a stunning location. No wonder everyone wants a table.

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Rosy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An unusual main dish of cuttlefish, which all three of us chose. Servings were plentiful and it was very tasty. A very pleasant atmosphere & situation. Very good service.

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Joandtherestofthewilsons
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, service and weather! Definitely recommend

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STEVEH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best burger I've ever eaten...beautiful backdrop, good selection of local ales and friendly helpful staff,not many places like this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch very friendly staff lovely food

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Richard
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service at a great location, good weather helps too.

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BCTay
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a perfect evening, excellent food and wine. Defiantly be coming back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary meal with some friends and their dog. The whole experience was just what we had hoped, great food in a wonderful setting. The staff were friendly and very accommodating to our requests.
Will definitely revisit when back in Sunny Devon
Thankyou

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SallyH
London
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you have a place this good on your doorstep, with such amazing views it’s hard not to keep coming back. The food is absolutely delicious, with a variety of daily local fish dishes and freshly cooked pizzas along with scrummy cakes if you’re just stopping for a quick cuppa. The staff are all incredibly friendly and are happy to recommend their favourites to you. Definitely a good idea to book, as not surprisingly it’s usually busy. Fab place, thank you for making us feel so welcome - each and every time.

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ChristineM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous location, friendly and attentive young staff, and good food. Menu is small (a good thing) and seasonal, with fresh fish high on the list. Delicious desserts and good selection of gins in particular.

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and efficient service, well-cooked food and beautiful views. Couldn't be bettered.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location, good feeling but more choice needed

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ROBERTS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was superb and enough if a helping to satisfy. The staff were attentive and apologetic that they only had one pizza oven, so different dishes were delivered at different times if pizza was involved. However we were warned of this in advance, so not a big issue.

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EJBs
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal - went right back and had Breakfast the next day!

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Katy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our breakfast. Staff really friendly and nothing was too much trouble

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VictoriaL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A beautiful location and fantastic service! We came for breakfast, husband loved his choice. I had the pancakes which were really nice but I was surprised they didn’t come with actual fruit, same with my daughter’s pancakes. Only a minor negative otherwise loved it and we will be back again soon for lunch probably!

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SandraC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting for a peaceful lunch, right on the millpond at Stoke Gabriel. It was very busy but the setting is such that it didn’t feel like it. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The hake tacos were delicious and the fish of the day on toast very tasty. Good portions too. I would highly recommend the shack, so get your booking in!

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Peppercorn
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky enough to book a table for a family lunch, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it
Ophelia ( Elsa from Frozen) looked after us beautifully !!!

Great location, food and great value

Will book again
Thank you very much

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RebeccaG
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious vegetarian option with great care and attention to flavour and texture.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick, friendly service. Great food.

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LynnB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in a picturesque setting. Very varied menu

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LizzyH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, tasty food and location stunning.

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Arrived at the river shack 10 mins late due to sat nav giving us wrong directions i phoned and left message to say running late! when we got there all tables full and were told there would be one coming up soon outside, we had booked a table inside and had not come dressed for eating out. We were told by staff that they would move us inside first chance they had so was disappointing,otherwise food was good although menu limited, crab starter was beautiful, staff helpful and friendly just a shame about the table mix up

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SallyB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, friendly and efficient staff. Been twice and the standard across the board is maintained.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The staff were very friendly , however they need training. Literally incompetent. Didn’t bring cutlery or napkins on more than one occasion after bringing the food out. One of the waitresses knocked drink over when placing meal down on the table and didn’t even offer to replace the drink and we didn’t even bother asking her to. She apologised but appeared clueless. When they cleared our table, they only cleared half of it and then asked if we wanted the bill........ we didn’t as we wanted cream teas. When the scones arrived they had forgotten about the tea, again no napkins..... we had to ask. Then we wanted another cup and saucer as the pot of tea was quite big. We asked for another cup and that’s what we got..... minus the saucer. Not sure what they are used to themselves, however surely it’s not much to ask for cutlery and napkins. As I say, they were really nice people but need a lot of training. I think it was also over priced. £12:95 for burger and chips. Selection on menu is extremely limited as well. Could be so much better as it’s in a great spot with great outdoor seating. All in all, menu rubbish and staff require training.

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Mytreat
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Idylic setting, matched by the food & service. Highly recommend & can’t wait to return.
Thank you

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Spin
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful relaxed meal in stunning location. Well organised and a short but good menu.

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NicS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast al fresco on a lovely sunny morning

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FayB
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and a justifiably busy and bustling venue. The food, drinks and service were all excellent and we liked it enough for it to be our second visit. A lovely relaxed lunch

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ChristineS
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast, try the smoked butter beans with a poached egg! Lovely peaceful location even on a busy day. Helpful and charming service. Be back again soon.

FAQs

The River Shack is rated 4.8 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.