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River Cottage Festive Feast (lunch)

A special addition to our Christmas calendar, come and join us for a family event full of the spirit of the season.

Christmas at River Cottage HQ is the celebratory finale of a bountiful year of growing, harvesting, cooking and eating. We love welcoming guests down to our farm to share the festivities with family and friends and feast on the spoils of the season.

Our iconic 17th century farmhouse and beautiful threshing barn are decked with foraged evergreen boughs, twinkling fairy lights and candles. There is a hint of woodsmoke in the air from the crackling open fire in the yurt, mingling with the heady citrus, spice and baking scents wafting out of a kitchen in full festive swing.

It’s the perfect excuse to make time for a big lunch and see HQ in all its wintery daylight glory. With a glass of something brewed, steeped or sparkly in the yurt when you arrive or to take with you on a wander around our walled kitchen garden.

Lunch is three mouth-watering seasonal courses of our own and locally sourced, organically grown and reared produce. We know the provenance of everything we cook with and our chefs share some of these stories once you are seated in the barn. The menu always includes new recipes as well as the occasional old favourite and is excitingly dependent on what ingredients are available.

We welcome children of all ages to our River Cottage lunchtime Festive Feasts, with £15 tickets for under-12s.

Come and join us and let’s raise a glass to Christmas!


Your event

12.00 - 15:30

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    We may be one of the only venues in the country to transport you to lunch by tractor and trailer! Catch a ride down to River Cottage HQ from the car park at the top of the hill at 12.00.

  • Welcome

    Head to the yurt to meet one of our team and enjoy a fireside welcome drink.

  • Chef’s introduction

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

  • The main event

    You will be treated to a festive three course menu of fantastic local and seasonal produce. We regularly and happily cater for any dietary requirements so please let us know at your time of booking.

  • Petits fours and coffee

    Just time for coffee and petits fours (if you still have room), before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer.

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

Sample Menu


Hot mulled cider in the yurt


Warm, buttery cauliflower puree with cumin and chilli, crispy brassica leaves, dukkah and coriander yoghurt

Main Course

Honey glazed home-cured ham, mustard an& cider onions, root veg Boulangere and greens from our Kitchen Garden


Cider-glazed smoked onions, pangritata, red haricot bean cassoulet and greens from our Kitchen Garden


Caramelised spiced apple cake, cinnamon ice cream, toffee sauce

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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.