by the River
As soon as you walk into Bideford’s finest hotel, you will sense its long history and tradition of hospitality. This charming hotel has been welcoming and inspiring guests for over 200 years and the original part of the listed building dates back to the 17th century. Charles Kingsley wrote much of his novel “Westward Ho!” here and you can see the spectacular oak-panelled Kingsley Suite with its ornate Italianate ceiling or opt to stay in the period Kingsley Bedroom. The Royal Hotel sits proudly at the eastern end of Bideford’s ancient stone bridge and makes an ideal base for exploring Bideford, Appledore, Hartland, Clovelly and North Cornwall.
Whether you choose to select a room with sweeping views over the River Torridge or something slightly smaller for a short break, each room comes with its own character and charm, allowing you to have a truly personal experience.
We welcome you to our recently refurbished Merchants Bistro, join us for lunch or an evening meal and enjoy top-quality food, attentive service, and an inviting atmosphere. Take a look at our delicious seasonally inspired bistro menu and get a taste of what to expect.
Situated in the heart of glorious North Devon, a wedding in Bideford provides an unforgettable setting for your big day. Whether you’re looking for a venue for your wedding ceremony or wedding reception, we’re sure you’ll have a magical day that you, your family and friends will treasure forever.
A Part of The Family
The Royal Hotel is part of the Brend Collection, a family-run business with over 50 years in the tourism and hospitality sector. Our experience means we know how to provide you with a truly memorable, bespoke experience that is unmatched by anything else you’ll find across the globe.
We love seeing generations of loyal guests return year after year to stay at one of our 11 luxury hotels and dine at our 18 restaurants, drawn in by our unique locations and incomparable customer service.