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New Year’s Eve

Round off the year and welcome the next, River Cottage-style, with an evening of great 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? You’ll be treated to four courses of the finest seasonal produce from local growers and our own kitchen garden, lovingly prepared by the River Cottage chefs.

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

Your event

18.30 - 01:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 6.30pm with a festive mulled drink, before being transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Welcome and canapés

    We’ll greet you in our cosy yurt with canapés and a seasonal cocktail.

  • 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. You’ll also share a bottle of wine between two. 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 elderflower bubbly, and live music from our fantastic musicians.

  • A fond farewell

    At the end of the night, our tractor and trailer will whisk you back up the hill to your car or taxi.

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 an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Please note we cater for all but the most severe allergies and intolerances, however, as ingredients that include allergens are used in other recipes in our kitchens, 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.