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A Taste of Autumn with Hugh, Gill Meller & the RC team

from £295.00

Join Hugh and the team for a day-long autumnal extravaganza, celebrating the very best of the season.

It has been 20 incredible years since Hugh introduced us to his fantastic food philosophy in the Channel 4 series ‘Escape to River Cottage’. As a campaigner, food writer and broadcaster, Hugh continues to blaze an ethical trail, challenging us to think about the provenance of our ingredients and encouraging us all to grow and cook as much as possible.

This autumn Hugh and the brilliant RC team will be hosting a special event for just 60 people, capturing and sharing the principles and passions of River Cottage. Join them for this jam-packed day and evening feast, held at our beautiful HQ, nestled in the stunning Axe Valley on the Dorset/Devon border

Hugh and the team have planned an exciting autumnal schedule, which will include: a foraging foray on the farm with Head Gardner Helen Musgrave; joining Gill Meller for an outdoor cookery session; learning the art of fermentation with our tutor Rachel de Thample and a boozy workshop in the 17th century farmhouse. You'll have a chance to meet Hugh, get your books signed and ask him any burning questions at a Q&A session before the evening feast begins.

Great food is at the very heart of River Cottage. Your culinary experience will begin the moment you arrive at HQ, from a welcome treat, a sharing board lunch and tasters throughout the day, culminating in a four-course dinner (plus canapés and petits fours) in our stunning 18th century threshing barn. Hugh will introduce the finale of the celebration before leaving you in the capable hands of Head Chef Dom Moldenhauer and the talented kitchen team.

Hugh has been closely involved in planning this amazing day and says: “Autumn is such a bountiful time of year here at River Cottage. We make the most of every harvesting, foraging and preserving opportunity – so we wanted to capture this in a special seasonal event. This really is a “taste of River Cottage” - it’s about what we do, what we stand for, the finest food we can make and of course 20 years of sharing the very best of River Cottage with you. I can’t wait!”

We ask guests to arrive for 10.30am where they will be met in the car park and transported down to the farm by tractor and trailer. The day will then draw to a close at around 10.00pm.

Your event

10.30 - 22.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Welcome

    Start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Workshop sessions (you will take part in four sessions throughout the day)

    Time to learn immerse yourself in the River Cottage way of life.

    Session 1: You'll enjoy a foraging foray on the farm and garden with our Head Gardener Helen Musgrave and learn about our wild food secrets.

    Session 2: Join Gill Meller and get back to basics with an outdoor cookery session in our outdoor cookery area.

  • Lunch

    Lunch will be a delicious sharing board selection.

  • Workshop sessions (you will take part in four sessions throughout the day)

    Session 3: Learn the art of fermentation with our tutor Rachel de Thample in our Cookery School and discover the ins and outs of this ancient practice.

    Session 4: Next up is a boozy workshop in our 17th century farmhouse.

  • Hugh session

    Hugh will give you an insight into his recent ventures and there will be the opportunity for guests to ask questions and have books signed.

  • Drinks and canapés

    After a busy day, you'll have chance to enjoy a drink and canapés and relax before dinner.

  • Menu introduction

    As you settle in the barn for your delicious dinner, Hugh will introduce the menu and tell you more about the River Cottage philosophy, the food’s provenance and how the dishes have been prepared.

  • Dinner

    You’ll be served a four-course menu of fantastic local, seasonal produce, planned on the day to showcase the freshest and the best. We happily cater for any dietary requirements, which you’ll be asked to provide when booking.

  • Petits fours and coffee

    After dinner you’ll unwind with coffee and petits fours, before being driven back up the hill by our tractor and trailer.

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Further information...

This dining event 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.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

We happily cater for allergies and intolerances so do let us know of any restrictions at the time of booking. We kindly request you do not specify dislikes or preferences as we would love you to try the dishes our chefs have specifically created for the event so you can experience the menu as it was intended. Please be aware that we use ingredients in our kitchens which include allergens so we cannot guarantee against contamination. If you would like to know the steps we take to minimise cross-contamination please call one of the team during office hours and we will be happy to assist.