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Friday Night Feast

Give the weekend a warm welcome at River Cottage, with a Friday night dinner unlike any other in our restored barn.

Friday Night Supper at River Cottage HQ is a magical way to start your weekend. Join us for a communal feast in our 18th century threshing barn to share and celebrate the very best local, seasonal and sustainable produce.

Collected by tractor at the top of the hill you will be transported down the track to our 65 acre farm nestled in the Axe Valley, complete with farmhouse, barns, livestock and produce gardens. Before dinner, enjoy a local tipple or seasonal cocktail and relax in front of an open fire in the cosy yurt or explore our abundant kitchen garden.

Once you are settled in our beautifully restored barn, our Head Chef will give the story behind the four courses being served. We are internationally renowned for creating an exciting set menu which constantly changes to reflect the seasonality and availability of ingredients. We love incorporating the latest recipes we are working on as well as firm River Cottage favourites.

The garden and land team liaise closely with the kitchen team to grow, nurture and harvest the produce for our events. Anything additional we need is sourced from our excellent neighbour suppliers including Trill, Pipers and Haye Farms. In fact two of these farms are so local to us we can see them from our back step. As you would expect our menu is always inspired by what has been caught, foraged and whatever we may have a delicious glut of.

The drinks list includes our own ale, cider and Elderflower Sparkling as well as some local icons like Somerset Cider Brandy and the effervescent Castlewood Sparkling from the vineyard over the brow of the hill. At the end of the night the tractor will be on hand to take you back up the hill.

We are passionate about what we do so we hope you leave us with great memories of your evening and maybe a little food or garden inspiration too.

  • Tractor available to transport down and up the hill
  • Welcome drink and canapes on arrival in the yurt
  • Four course dinner in the barn
  • We happily cater for all pre-advised dietaries*

Are you coming with a group of 10 or more? Did you know we offer private dining packages?

“From the tractor ride at the start and the end, this foodie experience was amazing. Some lovely food treats which left you so stuffed but wanting to try more. A chance to meet some lovely people to boot. Worth a visit” 1JOW, Trip Advisor

We will endeavour to allow for any dietary requirements you may have, just make sure you let us know when booking.



  • Friday Night Feast

    The ‘Friday Feast’ was a really good event. Well thought out with incredible attention to detail from the ride down to the farm to food choices and presentation. We enjoyed the social dimension of the feast as well as learning more about how our meal was sourced and prepared.

    Vikki Attended 15 February 2019

    5.0 out of 5
  • Friday Night Feast

    A great evening, in a great atmosphere. A foodie delight!

    Bethany Attended 15 February 2019

    5.0 out of 5

Your event

18.30 - 23:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 6.30pm and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Welcome and canapés

    We’ll greet you with a drink, canapés and you will have the chance to explore our idyllic surroundings.

  • Chef’s introduction

    As you settle in for the evening, your chef will introduce the menu and tell you more about our philosophy, the food’s provenance and how the dishes have been prepared.

  • The main event

    You’ll be treated to a four-course menu of fantastic local and 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 (if you still have room), before being driven back up the hill by our tractor and trailer.

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

Example Friday Night Menu


Umami mushroom pâté, rye cracker, Old Winchester and chives

Celeriac fennel & pear bruschetta

Beer battered parsnip, fermented chilli mayo

Sourdough, freshly churned butter, River Cottage pickles, roasted carrot hummus

First starter

Beetroot cooked in embers, grilled radicchio, blackberries, parsley and walnuts

Second starter

Butter poached cod, leeks, apple, chervil and crackling

Celeriac ravioli, Quicke’s goat’s cheese, crispy kale and walnuts (v)


Overnight lamb shoulder, sprouting broccoli, preserved orange, little glazed potatoes and turnips

Jerusalem artichoke and potato cakes, sprouting broccoli, preserved orange, Hampshire lentils, smoked onion, mushroom sauce (v)


Honey baked quince, hazelnut cake, Bramley and yoghurt ice cream

Coffee, petits fours

Special requirements?

We regularly and happily cater for all allergies and dietary restrictions your party may have so please let us know when you book. With a little notice we can make something equally as delicious for you. Sometimes guests ask us to consider dislikes and preferences too. We understand this may be due to nervousness around our set menu style of dining. On those occasions we would rather not make too many changes as we want our guests to enjoy the experience that has been created specifically for the event they are attending.

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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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Not suitable for under 12's. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Sometimes guests ask us to consider dislikes and preferences. On those occasions we would rather not make too many changes to our menus as we would love you to enjoy the dishes our chefs have specifically created for the event. However, we happily cater for all but the most severe allergies and intolerances so do let us know of any restrictions at the time of booking. 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 in our kitchens, please call one of the team between 9-5, Monday to Friday, and we will be happy to assist.