River Cottage Experience
Farm, explore, cook and eat! Spend the day with us and get an all-round education with this classic cookery course at the River Cottage Cookery School.
Designed to give a taste of all areas of life at River Cottage HQ, this intensive one-day classic cookery course will teach you the importance of seasonal and ethical produce and the delights of home-grown, home-cooked food. Set against the stunning backdrop of Devon’s Axe Valley, it’s sure to be a day you won’t forget in a hurry.
Our team of experts will teach you new skills in the kitchen and beyond, from foraging the veg patch for ingredients to baking the perfect loaf of bread and making bacon. And at the end of the day, your reward will be (what else?) a three-course feast in TV’s most famous farmhouse.
"I would highly recommend it to anyone, everyone there makes you feel extremely welcome and comfortable; the food is excellent and you certainly don't go hungry. There's a lot to learn and I would both love to come back again and encourage others to give it a try!" Inazumamazzy, Trip Advisor.
If you have any allergies or dietary requirements please call us on 01297 630300 before booking this course.
10.00 - 20:00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 10.00 and transported down to the River Cottage farm by tractor and trailer.
Make yourself at home
You will meet your hosts and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.
Practical session one
You’ll head straight down to the farm to meet the animals.
Practical session two
Next you’ll explore the River Cottage veg patches, keeping your eyes peeled for edible treats to collect.
Practical session three
After a tour of the farm, you’ll get stuck into a session of bread making. Our basic River Cottage bread recipe will give you wonderful home-baked loaves every time.
Practical session four
To complement your bread you’ll master a River Cottage classic, perfect home-cured bacon.
Practical session five
Next it'll be back to the kitchen to learn new techniques, and prepare dishes for dinner using your foraged ingredients.
You’ll gather around the wood-fired oven to prepare more treats.
Practical session six
To complete your new set of skills with something sweet, the River Cottage chefs will teach you to make one of our favourite desserts.
Phew! You'll have the chance to relax with a local beer or glass of elderflower bubbly while the chefs finish off preparations for the main event.
Finally, the culmination of all your hard work: a three-course meal in the River Cottage farmhouse, featuring the ingredients you have collected and prepared throughout the day.
Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.
On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.
This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.
We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.
If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.
We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.
Sorry, we’re afraid this course is not suitable for those with allergies or specific dietary requirements. However we do run Gluten Free and Veg Cookery courses. Please get in touch if you need further details.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food and Travel Magazine 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2018