Restaurant Review: The Riverside Cafe

Tucked under the arm of Pultney Bridge, reached via a spiral stone staircase hidden away in a corner of Argyle St, this little café by the weir is great for lunch on a sunny day.  It’s a low-ceilinged room, with an unusual semi-circular doorway and no windows (I’d say it was probably once a cellar), but whitewashed exposed stone walls, wooden floors and bright prints make this a lovely space.

I went for a fish finger sandwich – the sort of old-school favourite that can either be done really well, or really, really badly – but I’m glad to say in this case it was fantastic. The fish was perfect; flaky and juicy on the inside, crispy and well-seasoned on the outside, and it was served with a dressed salad, fresh and zingy tartare sauce, and fries. I washed it down with a bottle of Weston’s Wyld Wood cider, a new discovery for me, which was deliciously fruity.

The prices at this little place are extremely reasonable – almost none of the main courses are more than £10, even in the evening – and the staff were very friendly. All-in-all I’d say this is a little gem which is worth checking out, perhaps before they realise they could be charging a bit more…