The River Shack

4.8
336 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 336 people are saying
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TraceyM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Perfect setting , fresh cooked food, only snag the service was not great, too many waiting staff with little focus on table service

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PhilG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, with great views.
Best to book beforehand

M
vipMalcolm
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location and ambience. Friendly staff. Good food choice and value. Many repeat visits now.

KB
KateB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place, right by the Millpond and weir to the river Dart. The food and service were generally excellent (as were the coffee and cakes we had here earlier in the week). My one criticism is that the food was quite rich, and there was a lot of bread involved (focaccia as a nibble, toast with the starter, burger bun/tortillas with our mains) which meant we were very overstuffed by the end of our meal. Perhaps a bit more attention to the balance of dishes would be in order - however, overall we loved the River Shack and would recommend it to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizzas and excellent service. Such a fab spot for dining.

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ZanaD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fabulous menu.The sardines were delicious and the fries really crisp.
Very friendly atmosphere and helpful staff.
A great late lunch after a scenic walk.
We will be back soon.

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Happyness
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting , lovely healthy imaginative food, well worth a visit, book at peek times, you won’t be disappointed it’s a little gem .

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EV2021
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, fresh food with a beautiful view. Service very friendly but a little slow, as was a fully booked lunch time. Definitely need to book ahead if planning a special journey.

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MalcolmS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food, location and Service were fantastic and I would have given it a 5 star other than the shortage of toilets. Having just gone through Prostrate surgery I found queuing for the one Gents toilet between all the diners and the general public using the area quite stressfull. Difficult to fix I know but there was a locked Portaloo right there. But a super place with a wonderful menu.

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CooperM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was my 65th birthday and we'd not been to Stoke Gabriel before so it was part of a special day. We had booked beforehand and chose a nice table under cover overlooking the water.
Ordered drinks and, as it was lunchtime, the crab and sardines for mains.
When the food arrived we hadn't received our drinks so I had to remind the waitress. Both dishes were cooked perfectly and presented well. We really enjoyed them.
We then ordered the lemon drizzle cake and ginger cake. The portion of the ginger cake was fine but the lemon drizzle cake was tiny & was the smallest desert I can remember from a pub, cafe or restaurant. It tasted lovely so the fact it was so small was a real shame - it was just about big enough for my granddaughter and she is 2.
Overall the food was lovely and the quality was great. Just the portion size of the drizzle cake was the issue.

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Mytreat
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blessed with fabulous weather when we dined there. Third visit - staff attentive as always - sardines were divine.

MS
MichelleS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely fresh food. The sardines salad and sharpham wine were all great.

MB
MaryB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable visit to the River Shack - love it there.
Food delicious - staff very attentive but not intrusive - gorgeous setting.
What more could you want.

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Twizz
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location on the river - getting the last of the evening rays ... Lovely attentive waiter, delicious food (more extensive than online Menu). A great evening!

KT
KatherineT
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Amazing location and friendly staff, a shame that the food fell a little short as there was not much flavour in the pizza or spiced lamb special, but still a pleasant evening.

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Mile5
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed the food and ambience of the river shack.

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Janet
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the most amazing places to eat. The food is freshly made and the menu is inventive. The atmosphere and friendliness of the staff makes it’s charm appealing. I fell privileged to be living in a village with the Rivershack at its heart.

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AndyF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are always friendly and attentive, and if there for breakfast, the pancakes are SO good! It’s the perfect setting down there for a bit of escapism and relaxation. Being dog friendly too is a real bonus 😊

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LeeR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice thank you - great food and a lovely setting.

RG
RebeccaG
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal of squid and chorizo...it's now one of my favourite places to eat, and it happens to be in walking distance.

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ParkesJ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing evening nice food and atmosphere couldn’t of been better thanks

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LouiseF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful location for casual eating with good and varied option. We had a Noodle salad which was very fresh and delicious. My goddaughter is vegan but was well catered for. I would return to try the wood fired pizzas which look tempting

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Wemburykitten
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely Riverside setting. Very friendly professional staff.
Prawn wrap not enjoyed, too many black beans, ratios of the filling wrong. Potted crab very good, chips had no patato fluffy centre, and we're more like crisps.

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RHem
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views and fantastic food! Would highly recommend

JJ
JulianJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a real treat to visit this chilled eatery by the sea, with a fab new menu, great staff, food and drink ohm shanti shanti

JB
JeffB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good
Location stunning
Will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to go for a lunchtime meal aswell as an evening meal. Really friendly team that know the menu when asked.

This was our second visit and we took our friends with us, they were also very impressed with the staff and setup.

THANKYOU AGAIN RIVER SHACK, from the Lidsey’s.

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StuartZ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved it here. Lovely setting with the breakfast. Options to kayak and also the crabbing. We enjoyed our breakfast (mix of fresh, homemade and rustic). We made a good 2 hours of crabbing. It was helpful that there's a bucket of used nets and equipment just in case you don't have enough. 10 stars guys for the beautiful scenic atmosphere and friendly staff!!!!

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FerneR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely setting and great food 😊
We had breakfast, sat outside, and enjoyed the view. Thank you.. we’ll be back to try an evening meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and fabulous service and food 🙌

LC
LizC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. Pizzas were fab!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch in a picturesque setting, will definitely return.

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simonc
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Eautiful setting, friendly efficient staff and yummy food.

SM
SeanaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner - fab food & location - the River Shack is a little gem by the waters edge.
Great team and service.
Thanks

HW
vipHWDS
London
116 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our local continues to deliver the best food in the area with the best views! New wine list this summer also a fabulous addition

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and just the best pizzas.

KV
KateV
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious new menu with good home made food with a touch of flare. Pizzas still delicious, brilliant thin dough with yummy toppings!

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Kduller
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience all round! Great food and service in a wonderful location

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Lillibet
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to eat or sit for a coffee. Wonderful owners and staff. Perfect for crabbing too. What more could you need!

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Tinyears
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem. Such authentic food, decent pricing - I would have eaten here every night had they had availability.

FAQs

The River Shack is rated 4.8 stars by 336 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.