The Royal Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The hotel is part of the Brend Hotels group, which won the AA Hotel Group of the Year award in 2015
  • Parts of the hotel date back to the 17th century -- it was once a courthouse and its old prison cells are still intact
  • You can walk the Tarka Trail, which is right on the hotel's doorstep, or take a ferry to Lundy Island, a walker's paradise

Enjoyed This
(35 Member Ratings)
"The large , high -ceilinged room !"
Aug 20, 2017
Teddington, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is off the B3233 and Torrington Street. There is free parking on site. Barnstaple Railway is approximately 17 minutes' away via taxi.

Rooms & Rates

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The Royal Hotel is close to the river in the town of Bideford in Devon. The building was once a courthouse and prison -- you can see the old cells behind the ballroom -- and parts of it date from the 17th century. It is part of the Brend Hotels group, the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2015.

The hotel is a "short and extremely scenic" (The Daily Telegraph) stroll from the harbour and town centre. The historic Pannier Market trades Tuesdays-Saturdays, and there are antique shops dotted along the alleyways -- known locally as drangs -- that lead up from the bustling quay and river; boat trips to Lundy Island, a haven for rare wildlife in the Bristol Channel, run from March-October (see timetable). 

The Tarka Trail, a network of paths and cycle tracks inspired by Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson, runs through the town. Deal Expert Michelle Brister recommends walking the Hartland Heritage Coast path from Instow towards Clovelly to see an array of hanging valleys, tumbling waterfalls and ancient woodland.

Hartland Abbey, a former monastery with stunning interiors where the BBC's adaption of "The Night Manager" by John le Carré was filmed, is 30 minutes' drive away.

The opulent Regency Restaurant serves traditional and contemporary dishes made from West Country produce. The Regency Suite serves light bites and cream teas.

Guests get free use of the leisure facilities at the hotel's sister property, The Barnstaple, which is around 15 minutes' drive away. It has heated indoor and outdoor pools (outdoor pool open April-October), two saunas, hot stone beds and a fitness suite.


  • "A quiet and relaxing hotel, the Royal is set near the river within a five-minute walk of the busy town centre and the quay" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guests are permitted in the Deluxe room only.
Extra guest charges apply as follows: £12.50 per person, per night for children aged 2-16 inclusive. This includes breakfast.
Children aged 1 and under stay free of charge, on request, when staying in an infant's cot/crib. This does not include breakfast.
There are no extra beds for older children or for adults.
Please use the Special Requests field to request an extra bed/cot. 
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy levels.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(35 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Percy R. Brend & Sons (Hoteliers) Limited (t/a The Royal Hotel Bideford) over the past 15 months.
4.0 Ambiance
4.1 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The large , high -ceilinged room !
Julie Aug 20, 2017 Teddington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was fabulous, windows on three sides with a view of the river and the old bridge.
Other Comments
Friendly staff good food and drink
tony Aug 11, 2017 Langport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food and courteous staff
David Aug 05, 2017 Saint Ives, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We had a lovely room on the 2nd floor with a good view over the river. The reception staff were friendly and helpful. The food was also good, however the restaurant at night was very gloomy. I don't know who thought having lilac lighting was a good idea but all it achieved was eating in an area similar to the "Twilight zone" !! It needs at least some form of lighting on individual tables at least a candle. Better still get rid of the lilac because as the space has no windows it makes for a not very pleasant ambiance. There were only a couple of other diners in and the food was fine so that is not the problem. We decided on our 2nd night to et elsewhere because of it. The staff in the restaurant could try smiling once in a while as well.
Other Comments
Sort out the restaurant atmosphere!
Sandra Jul 24, 2017 Looe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendly welcome, the fine food and the lovely, spacious room.
Dorothy Jul 17, 2017 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's position in Bideford. The lovely room The polite and helpful staff
Other Comments
The very slight negative was the quality of the evening meal. We were a group of four adults and we all agreed that the food was very average. However it did not spoile our enjoyment.
David Jul 10, 2017 Weston super mare, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent room
Other Comments
We had an cheerful welcome at reception the room was superb very comfortable bed excellent evening meal dinning room staff very attentive
David Jul 05, 2017 Martock, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location was good and the meal we had was excellent although they mistakenly tried to charge us for two meals not realising we did not take the included meal offer on the first day.
Other Comments
The room (220) was as far as you could get from the lift even though the hotel was not fully booked when we arrived (reserved for Travelzoo offer customers perhaps?). The room and the entrance corridor was in the upper part of the hotel with sloping walls under the roof where it was easy to hit your head. The room and bathroom facilities were otherwise fine. If we return we will avoid this room or others like it.
David Jul 03, 2017 Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were friendly and courteous and the food was good. Parking very handy.
Other Comments
Room size was good but the bathroom needed an update - we haven't seen a pampas suite since the 70's! Also there was an overflowing gutter outside our window which poured very noisily all night!
Avril Jul 01, 2017 Dorchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
friendly staff
Sarah Jun 27, 2017 Saint Cleer, United Kingdom

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