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New Year’s Eve Feast

Round off the year and welcome the next, River Cottage-style, with an evening of the finest food, fizz and music in our beautifully restored barn.

They say you should start as you mean to go on, and what better way to kick off a new year than with a night of feasting, toasting and dancing against the idyllic backdrop of River Cottage HQ?

The evening will be a joyful affair filled with high spirits, music and dancing but at its heart will be the food. You will be treated to four courses of the finest produce with ingredients grown on the farm, or by one of our neighbours or network of local producers. Our team of talented chefs will devise an indulgent and inspiring menu which reflects our ethos of SLOW - seasonal, local, organic and wild - food and showcases their skill and the fantastic quality of the local ingredients. 

There will be drinks flowing and music from our lively band to get the party started as we head towards midnight. Cheers!


  • Four course menu featuring the finest organic and seasonal ingredients
  • Live music
  • Welcome drink and canapés on arrival
  • Chef’s welcome with guide to the menu
  • Long table feast
  • Dietary requirements happily catered for.

This event will not be held in 2022 due to a private event taking place, but you can sign up to be notified of future date released HERE

Your event

19.30 - 01:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill before being guided down to the heart of the farm.

  • Welcome and canapés

    You'll enjoy a seasonal cocktail and canapes on arrival and have the opportunity to explore the kitchen garden and your surroundings.

  • Chef’s introduction

    As you settle in for the evening, your head 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.

  • The big countdown

    Five… four… three… two… one! You’ll see in the New Year with a glass of bubbly, and live music from our fantastic musicians.

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

Example New Year's Eve menu


Vintage cheddar beignets, crab apple dipping sauce

Smoked Pollock on rye with lacto fermented celeriac

Sourdough, fresh butter, River Cottage charcuterie and pickles

Hand dived scallop cooked over coals with cotechino

First starter

Beef bone broth with beetroot cooked in embers, Eastern dumplings stuffed with cabbage and truffle


Mushroom broth with beetroots cooked in embers, eastern dumplings with cabbage and truffle (V)

Second starter

Cornish hake, bacon, watercress and cauliflower


Somerset Burrata, cauliflower, watercress, roast garlic and barley (V)

Main course

Rolled Park farm lamb loin, lamb faggot, caramelised onion puree and carrots cooked in summer hay

Winter leaves with crispy potatoes, old Winchester and anchovy dressing


Squash gnocchi, caramelised onion puree, crispy sage, Hereford lentils and sprouting broccoli (V)


Crème brulee tart with apple caramel and apple sorbet

Coffee, petits fours

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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 a paying 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.