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River Cottage Festive Feast (lunch)

from £70.00

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. So come and join us for a Festive Feast and see River Cottage in all its wintery daylight glory and enjoy three mouth-watering courses of seasonal delights.

You’ll be welcomed to the farm with a glass of something brewed, steeped or sparkly to warm yourself with in our cosy yurt or to take with you on a wander around the iconic River Cottage Kitchen Garden. Lunch will be served in our beautiful threshing barn decked with Christmassy creations and natural decorations, and introduced by your head chef. Sit back, relax and enjoy three-courses of flavoursome festive fare. We know the provenance of every ingredient we cook and our chefs will share some of these stories and guide you through our SLOW - seasonal, local, organic and wild - ethos and how this is reflected in the menu. 

Come and join us, gather your friends and family, and let’s raise a glass to Christmas!

We welcome children of all ages to our lunches at River Cottage, with reduced-price tickets for under-10s. Please purchase an adult ticket for children aged 10 and over. If you have a little one and would like a highchair please let us know, even if they are not eating.


Three course menu featuring the finest organic and seasonal ingredients

Festive apertif on arrival

Chef’s welcome with guide to the menu

Long table feast

Dietary requirements happily catered for.

Your event

12.00 - 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.

  • Welcome

    Head to the barn and enjoy a festive aperitif to welcome you in from the cold.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Total - £0.00

All prices include VAT.

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.