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Veg Cookery

Who needs meat? During the River Cottage Veg cookery course you'll learn to turn local, seasonal produce into delicious veggie dishes.

On this hands-on cookery course, the River Cottage chefs will teach you a range of skills and techniques to fully embrace all kinds of vegetables in your cooking. Featuring recipes inspired by Hugh’s TV series and cookbooks River Cottage Veg Every Day! and Much More Veg.

Learn how to get the best out of your veg, discover new ways to turn vegetables into complete meals and take home a glut of expert knowledge to feed your family and impress your friends. With the glorious Devon countryside just outside the window, it’s the perfect way to get back to nature and soak up the atmosphere of River Cottage HQ.

The course is (naturally) suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

“Excellent time had by myself and my husband. We have learnt so much, cannot wait to do another course.” Tricia D, Trip Advisor.

Your day

09:30 - 17:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer (approx. a 5 minute journey).

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your hosts and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Garden tour

    You’ll begin with a short tour around our kitchen garden, to learn more about the seasonal vegetables you might be cooking with later.

  • Practical session one

    The key to the success of many veggie soups, stews, risottos, gratins and curries, a good veg stock will take your dishes to another level. We’ll teach you to prepare one, and how to use it.

  • Practical session two

    In this session you will whip up some delicious veggie mezze dishes, and tuck in as a mid-morning snack.

  • Practical session three

    Next we’ll turn our attention to pudding, with a selection of beautiful fruity desserts.

  • Practical session four

    Back to savoury, you’ll use your freshly prepared stock to make a seasonal soup.

  • Practical session five

    Finally, the centrepiece – you’ll cook up a winning main course dish using the best fresh, organic vegetables.

  • Late lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a fantastic meal of local, seasonal fare will be the perfect way to round off your day.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer at 5pm.

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.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

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.

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