Four Days at River Cottage
The ultimate in rural retreats, our four-day cookery course is a celebration of meat, fish, veg, baking and all things delicious.
For the ultimate cooking experience, join us at our award-winning cookery school, for an unbeatable four day culinary adventure. Often referred to by guests as ‘life changing’, this is the perfect opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the River Cottage seasonal approach to food. Whether you are keen to gain more confidence in the kitchen or add to your existing skills, this course will expand your knowledge, giving techniques, tips and ideas to inspire and maybe even change your outlook on food.
Each day is held in our beautiful bespoke cookery school with great views across the stunning Axe Valley. Our HQ – 17th century farmhouse, 18th century events barn, modern cookery school and smallholding – is set in 100 acres of glorious Devon farmland. While you are with us there will be time to explore your surroundings including our walled kitchen garden, polytunnels, outdoor cookery area and courtyard and meet more of the team.
Our expert Chef Tutors embrace many cookery methods including fast and slow cooking, preserving and smoking. They will demonstrate, teach and guide you through their specialist subjects of bread baking, meat, fish, veg and sweet treat cookery with the focus on ingredient provenance, sourcing and seasoning. From baking your own bread, sourdough, focaccia and pizza making to learning the principles of butchery, slow-cooked meat, smoking, curing and knocking up a good gravy, this course will delve deep into a wide range of useful kitchen skills. Learn the art of fish filleting and gain confidence with shellfish, make vegetables the hero ingredient of your dishes, revel in cakes, pastries and desserts and get to taste the results along the way.
At the end of each day join your fellow course scholars to share the dishes you have created and celebrate your time with us.
“The pace is just right, balancing heads-down cooking with downtime to savour your efforts and the magic of Britain's most filmed farmhouse” – Claire Hargreaves, BBC Good Food Magazine.
“Exceptional Experience.” - Len W, Trip Advisor.
Just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Jurassic Coast, Four Days at River Cottage makes a great holiday for food-lovers and adventurers alike. Your ticket also gives you 10 % off at the River Cottage Kitchen in Axminster during the course and a free River Cottage book of your choice.
09:30 - 17:00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, enabling you to really soak up the views of the valley.
Make yourself at home
You will be greeted by our friendly front of house team with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen. This may be a pile of drop scones with local honey or our home-baked sourdough, topped with soft egg, chestnut mushrooms and wild garlic or bacon (depending on the season).
Make veg the hero ingredients of your dish! We’ll show you how to turn the bountiful produce of our kitchen garden into vegetable gratin, pesto, salad, soup, sauces and other tasty vegetarian recipes.
You will be introduced to the River Cottage nose-to-tail philosophy and a wide range of butchery and cookery techniques, including offal, slow-cooking and making the perfect stock.
Get to grips with basic fish preparation, gutting and filleting, master some great fish dishes and gain an insight into the issues around ethical and sustainable fish.
Bread and baking
Learn the principles of bread making including sourdough, our classic farmhouse loaf, focaccia and pizza as well as mastering pastry, cakes and puddings. Take a warm loaf home with you!
After all your hard work, you’ll finish each day by tucking into your freshly-made meal of local, seasonal fare.
You'll head back up the hill at 5pm each 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.
We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying 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.
With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food and Travel Magazine 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2018