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Garden Lunch

Join us for an inspirational Garden Lunch, where our farm to fork philosophy really comes to life.

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and take a guided tour of both our famous walled Kitchen Garden, and our productive Market Garden (as seen on River Cottage Reunited) with one of our fantastic garden team.

At River Cottage we believe growing your own veg has the power to change your life. On your tour, you’ll hear about the techniques our garden team use to maintain the organic growing spaces and see the beds from which some of your lunch will have been harvested . You’ll have the opportunity to ask our gardener’s questions as you wander the grounds and whilst they join you for lunch.

After you’ve explored the grounds and gardens, you’ll take your seats in our outdoor dining area, a stone’s throw form the outdoor kitchen where our chefs will be preparing your meal. Before your feast begins, our chef will explain what is being served, a little bit about where the food came from and how it has been prepared. Our chefs make the most of the season’s produce, harvesting directly from the abundant walled kitchen garden and plundering the spoils of the polytunnels to create the fresh three course menu. All you need to do is sit back, soak up the inspiration and enjoy!

We recommend dressing for the weather as the tour will be mainly outside. If it’s too windy or rainy to dine outside, we’ll set up the tables in one of our polytunnels instead.

Your event

11:00 - 15:30

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill and begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the wonderful pathways down to the farm, enabling you to really soak up the views of the valley.

  • Make yourself at home

    Meet our gardener who will welcome you to the farm with a welcome drink.

  • Tour

    With a drink in hand, you’ll head out to explore the walled kitchen garden, polytunnels and new market garden. You’ll see some of our favourite veg varieties to grow for yield and flavour and have the opportunity to ask questions as you go.

  • Chef's Introduction

    Once seated in the garden, your chef will talk you through the menu and share more about our philosophy as well as the provenance and preparation of our seasonal dishes.

  • The Main Event

    You will be treated to a three course menu of fantastic local and seasonal produce, showing the best that our region has to offer.

  • To Finish

    Just time for coffee and petits fours (if you still have room), before heading home.

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

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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.

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

Whilst we aim to make all our courses as accessible as possible, please note that the grounds are uneven underfoot and hilly. Should you have any mobility, accessibility or physical health issues do please get in touch before booking. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

We can accommodate some food intolerances and allergies at our dining events, providing that these are mentioned when you make your reservation. Dietary accommodations we can make include those for vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian diets, those who are pregnant, and those with dairy, gluten, nut or shellfish allergies (we recommend you bring your epi pen). However, we cannot cater to dislikes or to any dietary restrictions that we feel may compromise our ethos or high standard of our menus. If in doubt, please email us before you book: