River Cottage Festive Feast
A special addition to our Christmas calendar, come and join us for an 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 backdrop for an evening of feasting and festive cheer.
Dinner is five mouth-watering seasonal courses of our own and locally sourced, organically grown and reared produce. For this very special Christmas event, our chefs are pulling out all the stops with a decadent menu which you can read in full below. We know the provenance of everything we cook with and our chefs share some of these stories once you are seated in the barn. Unlike our usual events the menu below will be served for all of our Festive Feasts so there is no chance of disappointment.
Come and join us and let’s raise a glass to Christmas!
Crown Prince squash, goats cheese & sage gnocchi, spiced squash puree and roasted chestnuts
Venison tartare, sourdough crisps and deep-fried seaweed
Home smoked pollack, labneh, apple, lime & fennel salad with toasted pumpkin seeds
Sticky River Cottage Ruby Red beef, creamed celeriac, crispy kale, char-grilled roots, greens and clementine
Mulled wine poached pear frangipane, coffee & almond cream, chocolate, star anise & cider brandy ice cream
Coffee & petits fours
Boozy mincemeat marzipan.
We regularly and happily cater for any dietary requirements so please let us know at your time of booking.
We kindly request you book for your entire party in one transaction so we can seat you on a table together. This will help us manage numbers and keep everyone safe at these difficult times. Thank you.
18:30 - 22:00
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 atmosphere.
Head to the barn and enjoy a festive aperitif of mulled cider to welcome you in from the cold
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 five 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 it's time to head home.
Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.
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.
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.