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The River Shack

4.8
4.8
365 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!

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 09:30–17:00
    Fri, Sat 09:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    01803 782520

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Paignton

  • Parking Details

    Parking available on site at £5/day. Spaces can be limited on sunny peak days so make sure to arrive early.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sanitiser 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

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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Menu

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What 365 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Best Overall

  • Devon

    Best Food

  • Devon

    Best Service

  • Devon

    Best Ambience

  • Devon

    Best Value

  • Devon

    Child Friendly

  • Devon

    Healthy

  • Devon

    Lunch

  • Devon

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Devon

    Outdoor Eating

  • Devon

    Scenic View

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  1. BM

    BarbaraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, friendly staff, wonderful location. What more could you want?

  2. PM

    PaulM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous location looking out over the Mill Pool. This has been a great place to come since the current owners took it over and transformed it. The new menu offers only a few dishes but they are superb. We had the local fish bisque and the vegetarian burritos with some fantastic chunky chips and local beer. Can't fault anything about it and we can't wait to come again.

  3. EG

    ElaineG

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We enjoyed the setting and the meal. never quite sure what's on the menu but there are always some dishes that we wouldn't get anywhere else and taste great. Looking out over the mill pool and watching the ducks and swans in the sunshine is so relaxed. Definitely a place to recommend.

  4. J

    Janet

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our favorite place, in our village, to have a meal or just a little treat. If I have friends visiting this is the first place I look for a table. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm by lovely staff and the setting is just glorious. The food is always tasty and imaginative especially for a gluten-free diet and a vegetarian. Thank you for yesterday’s superb lunch Janet

  5. MD

    MandaD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting right on the river. Delicious food.

  6. HB

    HilaryB

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place to sit and relax and watch the world go by

  7. VB

    VickyB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food, fabulous location and a good place to spend an evening

  8. AF

    AndrewF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Had a lovely meal, great service , can’t think why we haven’t been here before, we will be back soon.

  9. l

    lynnee

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The proprietors have an enthusiasm for good food and delivering a pleasurable eating experience. Great food, service and ambience in a stunning location

  10. SH

    SueH

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great venue next to the water, friendly staff, good interesting food

  11. JB

    JanetB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely location, friendly staff and great food, will definitely be back

  12. SV

    SarahV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal - party of four, we each had a different main and each was very impressed. Easy to book, friendly and helpful staff.

  13. FB

    FrancescaB

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Beautiful location, friendly staff, cosy outside thanks to woodburner. Food delicious but menu limited - updating menu on website would be helpful as we were told dish we had seen on menu and wanted to try had not been available since June.

  14. LC

    LinnieC

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service from the staff. Lovely setting. Would highly recommend.

  15. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delightful evening, the food and service were first class,

  16. PW

    PhillipW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely place to eat has limited parking and seating so a need to book the carpark is independently run and is £5 a day up to 1700hrs then free. Sat outside undercover or not wrap up warm. Food choices are limited but those produced are very tasty. Staff are cheerful and helpful. Worth a trip we have been there 3 times and have not been let down.

  17. EH

    EmmaH

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yummy carrot cake & great coffee! Staff v attentive and beautiful spot by the millpond despite the rain!

  18. VJ

    VenJen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A friend and I enjoyed a delicious lunch yesterday. In spite of torrential rain outside we were cosy with the log burning stove. The service was friendly and efficient. I will certainly be returning. Thank you River Shack.

  19. PS

    PaulS

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A stunning location on the shores of the upper River Dart. We were warmly welcomed and seated by a wood burning stove in the sheltered outside area. I had a full Shack breakfast and my wife had sourdough toast and strawberry jam. Coffees were smooth, not bitter, and most welcome. The ambience was relaxed and despite a windy cool day we had a memorable breakfast, and hope to return in future.

  20. J

    Jackie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and friendly staff with a relaxed atmosphere in a lovely setting. Couldn’t have asked for more.

  21. SP

    SkyPaws

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything perfect! Food, service, location and weather. Had an amazing time and feel very lucky to have such an amazing place a short drive away

  22. RH

    RozH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sadly when we arrived we were not in the list they had of bookings. I showed him my confirmation email from you and we were given a tab,e. Food and service was fantastic

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful views, lovely fresh food. Looking forward to returning soon.

  24. JP

    JillP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an amazing place to bring my guests to sample the wonderful food. This is such a gem. We fortunately had good weather so to sit outside for lunch at such a unique location and share food and wine with friends was a lovely experience. There were 8 of us and, despite it being so busy, were offered inside or outside dining. One of our party was a vegan and everyone enjoyed their food. We keep returning to this venue because there is always a good reaction from our varied foodie friends and family. There is a good reason why you have to book here early.

  25. DO

    DavidO

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant in a fabulous location. The standard of the food is exceptionally good and the presentation is excellent. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The service is excellent. You must eat here if you are in the Stoke Gabriel area. Booking is wise.

  26. NM

    NickiM

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The setting is beautiful. The staff are lovely and friendly. The food!! Wow what can I say. Amazing. Fresh. All dishes cooked beautifully. We went for dinner twice and for breaky. Just a shame we couldn’t squeeze in a lunch! Thank you.

  27. L

    Louise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food, beautiful venue and great service as always. Wold be good to have some simple dairy free and gluten free meals suitable for children/young people highlighted on the menu as well .

  28. MK

    MaryK

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food, lovely place, great customer service, beautiful surroundings and one of our favourite places to visit. Thanks guys.

  29. TM

    TraceyM

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience5

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

  30. PG

    PhilG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  31. RH

    RogerH

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best time everything. Was just great thank you to the lovely staff. We look forward to our next visit.

  32. M

    Malcolm

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

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

  33. KB

    KateB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 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.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  35. ZD

    ZanaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 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.

  36. H

    Happyness

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 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 .

  37. EV

    EV2021

    Kent

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 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.

  38. MS

    MalcolmS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 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.

  39. CM

    CooperM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 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.

  40. M

    Mytreat

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

The River Shack is rated 4.8 stars by 365 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 bookings at the moment.

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2 people

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The River Shack

Mill Hill Totnes, Devon TQ9 6RD

  • Area

    Paignton

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 09:30–17:00
    Fri, Sat 09:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Parking available on site at £5/day. Spaces can be limited on sunny peak days so make sure to arrive early.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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