New River Cottage Canteen for Winchester

New River Cottage Canteen for Winchester

We are pleased to announce that our next River Cottage Canteen will be in Winchester. We will be opening to the public on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

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The new Canteen is located in the stunningly converted grade two listed Abbey Mill building in Abbey Mill Gardens just off the Broadway in Winchester city centre.

River Cottage founder, Hugh, said: "As a beautiful and vibrant city, close to the West Country and already boasting a wonderful local food culture centering around its great farmer’s market, Winchester is an obvious location for a River Cottage Canteen. And the fantastic building we are moving into was the clincher. It’s such a special a place, right in the heart of the city. I can’t imagine a better location from which to showcase the fantastic fare from the region’s finest producers."

River Cottage Canteen Winchester will offer a combination of freshly prepared seasonal, local, organic and wild food, on a regularly changing menu, in the relaxed ambience of the restaurant.  It will also have a separate bar area offering a selection of local cider, beer,  River Cottage seasonal cocktails, coffees, cakes and snacks throughout the day and evening time. The Canteen will host regular events such as the Canteen Cocktail Club, live music nights, cookery demos and Christmas parties.

Once home to a silk mill that opened in 1793, Abbey Mill has history as an eatery as it was a restaurant for servicemen during the Second World War. More recently it has served as offices. After an extensive renovation project, the former mill has been transformed into a two storey restaurant, opening up the inside of the building to create a light and spacious interior while retaining many of the mills original features. The Canteen straddles a tributary of the River Itchen and boasts an outside terrace providing diners with a picturesque setting to enjoy while savouring a coffee and cake or a freshly prepared meal.

After a search to discover the best produce the region has to offer, the River Cottage team are pleased to confirm that the majority of the produce will be coming from within 50 mile radius of the Canteen.

All the meat and vegetables will be sourced from within Hampshire, with Uptons of Bassett and Laverstoke Farm supplying free range and organic meat and poultry. Fruit and vegetables will come from Brimfield’s of Winchester, Bellow’s and Secretts Farm, and the wholemeal flour will be milled to order from Winchester Mill just minutes from the Canteen. The bar will stock a selection of local drinks from the likes of Hill Farm Juices and Winchester Distillery.

"It has been a wonderful job seeking out local producers for the new Canteen, there is a wealth of incredible produce within the area and I am passionate about meeting the producers and hearing their stories. As the Canteen opens, more and more small growers, breeders and producers will be discovered. We never rest on our laurels and our door is always open to new suppliers that meet our ethos," said Head Chef, Mark Price.

The first River Cottage Canteen was set up in Axminster by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, campaigner, broadcaster and food writer, whose River Cottage TV series, on Channel 4, captured the Nation’s interest in food provenance and sustainable living. Since Axminster opening in 2008 River Cottage has gone on to open Canteens in Plymouth in 2011 and Bristol in 2013.

Bookings can be made on or email:

  • Here is a peek of our lovely new bar area, the perfect place for a cocktail after a hard days work, see you there! link
  • @EcclesExile We open next week... see you there?
  • Just 6 days to go until we officially open! Who wants to see a sneak preview of our lovely new Canteen?
  • @PikeNeeKnights Yes we will be serving drinks, cakes and sharing boards all day in the bar so pop in anytime!
  • RT @King_Alf: Glorious news, River Cottage @wincanteen opens a week today. Book your table at once to sample Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall's r…
  • @ElliGibson @king_alf You can book a table online :o) link
  • RT @ElliGibson: River Cottage @wincanteen opens a week today. Book your table at once to sample Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall's recipes. Canno…
  • RT @SeasonedbyChefs: River Cottage has confirmed the next River Cottage Canteen in Winchester, will open its doors on 24 September 2014 htt…
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  • RT @cabinetrooms: @WinCanteen We've booked for lunch and dinner. We like to be thorough!
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  • RT @thatkat: Finally River Cottage Canteen Winchester is opening on 24th September. Huge congratulations, can't wait to blog it! @wincanteen
  • @thatkat Yes that is correct, if you email they will book you in. Thanks and enjoy!
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  • Be one of the very first to dine with us when we open. Bookings are now being taken link
  • We are pleased to announce that we are opening on Weds 24 September in the stunning Abbey Mill, bookings are now open link
  • RT @Emma_Bellows: You cant get fresher than that! Staff from River Cottage Winchester tasting the crops @SecrettsMilford@BellowsDirect http…
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  • We are looking for talented local musicians to play in our new Canteen. Please tweet us if you are interested.
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  • RT @darrellbz: @SteinWinchester looking forward to your opening. Gonna be great with you and @WinCanteen both opening soon
  • RT @rivercottage: Four more entries overnight for #RisingStar! The deadline is midday today. You still have (just enough) time, GO! http://…
  • Drop in your CV at our recruitment day, today till 5pm @WinchesterCity Guildhall. Come and complete our team! link
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  • We're looking to complete our kitchen team! Hiring Chef de Partie & Junior Sous. Recruitment day on 20 Aug 12-5pm @Winchester Guildhall
  • Drop in your CV at our #chef recruitment day on 20 Aug 12-5pm @Winchester Guildhall. Meet our head chef and complete our kitchen team!
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  • We're hiring! Chef recruitment day on 20 Aug 12-5pm @Winchester Guildhall. More info at link
  • RT @cabinetrooms: Happy to meet the @WinCanteen crew at today's recruitment drive. What a lovely bunch of people!
  • Looking for a new job? Don't forget to come and see us at the Guildhall from 2pm today
  • Fancy working for us? Come along to our recruitment day at the Guildhall tomorrow from 2-7.30pm to find out more link
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