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River Cottage in a Day

from £183.75

A delicious introduction to cooking the River Cottage way, covering fish, meat, vegetables, bread and dessert.

On this one-day cookery course you will get to grips with a wide range of cooking techniques and ingredients, including bread, fish, meat and veg. Designed as the perfect introduction to the River Cottage seasonal approach, this course will provide you with recipes, techniques and ideas that will continue to inspire your cooking at home.

If you are looking to gain more confidence in the kitchen or add to your existing skills with fresh ideas and recipes, this course is for you. With every recipe, your chef tutor will demonstrate the skills and techniques needed and then it is your turn to recreate the dish. Your tutor will be on hand at all times with guidance and encouragement and with just ten people per group there will be plenty of time for questions and individual support.

Many of the ingredients you will sample throughout the day will come from the River Cottage Kitchen Garden or one of our neighbouring farms. Provenance is something we care passionately about at River Cottage and your tutor will explain where your ingredients came from and we hope you will learn a little about why we believe eating seasonally and sustainably is not only important but also tastes better.

By the end of the day, you will have baked a loaf of bread, and cooked up a veggie, fish and meat dish plus a pudding! You will get chance to critique your own creations when you tuck into some of them at lunch time. You will leave amazed at how much you've learned in a day and what a difference it can make to your cooking.


- A bread making masterclass

- A seasonal veg recipe

- A sensational sustainable fish recipe

- A delicious meat dish

- A tasty pudding

- Lunch prepared by you!

- Tea, coffee and nibbles on arrival

  • River Cottage in a Day

    The most perfect day from beginning to end. Fabulous people, fun, food and practical cooking skills to bring home and use. My husband and I loved our day at RC Cooking School - it had long been a ‘bucket-list’ wish and certainly lived up to every expectation.

    Athalae Attended 8 September 2023

    5.0 out of 5
  • River Cottage in a Day

    A great experience filled with expert tips and tricks, great food and fantastic recipes. River Cottage is really well-run day with brilliant staff. I highly recommend doing this, you won't regret it.

    Michael Attended 17 June 2023

    5.0 out of 5
  • River Cottage in a Day

    Our chef teacher Chiara was enthusiastic, friendly and very helpful and informed. I love cooking and I really enjoyed myself. However long you’ve been cooking you can always learn new things and the dishes we made were all delicious. I learned new techniques and some different...

    Diana Attended 19 March 2023

    5.0 out of 5
  • River Cottage in a Day

    A great day at River Cottage. A wonderful learning experience, useful tips and good clear information and instructions. I learnt a lot and thanks to the Chef for her excellent information and instructions.

    Gillian Attended 11 September 2022

    5.0 out of 5
  • River Cottage in a Day

    A fantastic experience from start to finish! Wonderful teaching in a great setting. Thank you

    Emma Attended 14 January 2022

    5.0 out of 5

Your day

10:00 - 17:00

  • Make yourself at home

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

  • Session One

    Get stuck in straight away, learning the principles of bread making and tackling your very own loaf, which you will return to throughout the day as you knead, shape and bake your loaves.

  • Session Two

    We are lucky enough to grow the a variety of incredible vegetables here at the farm. Find out more about our passion for veg as you're guided through your first seasonal dish of the day.

  • Session Three

    Next we'll talk about sustainable fish and you'll make a quick and easy dish with the catch of the day from our local supplier.

  • Lunch

    Time to take a break and tuck in to the fabulous fish and veg dishes you have created in the morning.

  • Session Four

    After lunch you'll learn more about ethical sourcing and lesser known cuts of meat and create a sumptuous plate of food under the expert guidance of your chef tutor.

  • Session Five

    You'll round off the day by creating something sweet, learning the secret to great desserts and how to adapt to make seasonal choices.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before heading back up the hill for 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 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 courses that are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friendly. Please get in touch if you have any questions or 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