The River Shack

4.7
121 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 121 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
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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ROBERTS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

EJ
EJBs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Katy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

VL
VictoriaL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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

RG
RebeccaG
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick, friendly service. Great food.

LB
LynnB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in a picturesque setting. Very varied menu

LH
LizzyH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, tasty food and location stunning.

MC
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.

SB
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.

NS
NicS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast al fresco on a lovely sunny morning

FB
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

CS
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.

HH
HelenaH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely being able to sit by the mill pool. Lovely atmosphere and great food and coffee.

CS
ChristineS
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, service fast and charming even though it was busy. Will, as ever, a great host. Baked eggs with smoked salmon and asparagus were particularly tasty with delicious Sharpham white wine.

KW
KateW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service the girl that served us was very enthusiastic and helpful the food was amazing the view was amazing and the kids loved ‘crabbing’
Thank you River Shack, we shall certainly be back !!

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CatherineA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely place situated right next to the river dart. The service is great, especially considering how busy it is. Due to Covid restrictions you must book a table otherwise there is no guarantee you’ll get one. I’ve never seen the place so busy! It’s not cheap but it’s good quality and friendly service. Dogs are welcome and that’s also a bonus.

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RichardS
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh imaginative tasty food. Lovely location, great service

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful sunny day sat outside next to the river. Service was outstanding - really friendly and engaging team. Great setting and would highly recommend but you do need to book.

SR
SteveR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location, superb food, excellent value & very friendly helpful staff.

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Caroline
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lakeside relaxing setting.
Very Good service, Delicious Burgers .
Some interesting salads would be nice.
Or a few more healthy options.

BS
BrianS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch on Bank Holiday Monday. The sun was shining and the tide was in - all extremely blissful. All five of us enjoyed our lunch which was very tasty and would love to come back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Fab food and really friendly and efficient service. Can’t wait to return.

KE
KyrieE
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous meal again on Sunday. Definitely our favourite place to eat out at the moment. Friendly staff, lovely location and the quality of the food is first class .

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Mick
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. We ate lunch and the food was fantastic. We both had cuttlefish, with potatoes & samphire with a hint of lemon garlic and chilli

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vipPokkstar
London
67 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at The River Shack on a sunny Sunday. Such a happy atmosphere, with friendly and helpful service, and excellent food. Really loved the pizza, but everything was excellent. And the Hunt’s Devon cider is absolutely addictive! Wish we lived closer, we’d be regulars!

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JuliaH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab place - great food - great service. XXXXXXXXXXX

DH
DebsH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, the food was tasty and great value for money. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Overall a wonderful experience at a superb venue. Thank you to all the staff at The Shack for everything.

HF
HannahFB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 very helpful and accommodating. We were running late, the restaurant made our food prior to us arriving so the kitchen didn’t close. Beautiful location.

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Josy
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The environment is great but I expected a menu with lots of fish options. Service is very good

JB
JanetB
London
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend, great food, good service and lovely setting by the Millpool.

SB
SueB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning location , delicious freshly cooked food and very attentive service. All in all a great little find! The potted crab was the best thing I ate during our stay in Devon, thank you!

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supper
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Prawn pizza was delicious and the lamb starter. Slight delay in pizzas as only one can be cooked at a time , no problem when you have that glorious view to enjoy

HT
HeathT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live 180 miles away and with the motorhome site a 20 minute walk away we will be back awesome

FAQs

The River Shack is rated 4.7 stars by 121 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.