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Outdoor Cookery - Chef's Table Experience

Come and celebrate the great outdoors with a magical afternoon and evening of cooking and dining at River Cottage HQ.

At River Cottage we know how to make the most of the seasons and the beautiful weather too, which is why our Chef’s Table Experience is a magical event not to be missed.

During this fun and relaxed afternoon and evening, you’ll have the chance to get hands-on learning a mix of different techniques to cook over fire in our fabulous new outdoor cookery area. From fire pit cookery to tips and tricks for BBQ mastery. You'll also be inspired by a host of outdoor culinary techniques including curing, fish preparation and salt baking. Your evening will culminate with a mouthwatering three-course dinner, together with your chef, with a drink paired to each course.

The Chef's Table Experience is an intimate event and limited to 12 guests only. The event is set against the stunning backdrop of Park Farm and promises to be a summer treat not to be missed.

Your day

16.00 - 21.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage and wander down to the farm

    One of our team will meet you and walk you down to the farm, taking in the beautiful views across the valley.

  • Welcome

    We’ll greet you with a refreshing summer drink and then we'll get cooking!

  • Outdoor cookery

    In our new outdoor cookery area, you'll get hands-on with the bbq, fire pit and grills and learn a mix of different ways to cook over fire. Your chef will take you through the skills for curing, fish preparation and salt baking too, and you'll put together a delicious three course meal with a fish starter, meaty main and a fruity dessert, all cooked in the great outdoors.

  • Dinner

    With a glass in your hand, and as the sun goes down, it's time to kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labours. Your chef will join you and you'll have a beer, cider, wine or non-alcoholic drink paired with each course.

  • Departure

    As the evening draws to an end, you’ll be able to wander back up the hill as the sun sets. Transport up the hill will be available if required.

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.

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Further information...

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