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River Cottage Festive Feast

from £95.00

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 four mouth-watering seasonal courses of our own and locally sourced, organically grown and reared produce. For this very special Christmas event, our chefs will be pulling out all the stops with a decadent menu which has been inspired by our SLOW - seasonal, local, organic, wild - ethos. We know the provenance of everything we cook with and our chefs share some of these stories once you are seated in the barn.

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


Four 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.

For more December dining dates, click HERE 

Your event

18:30 - 22:30

  • 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 atmosphere.

  • 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 four 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


Mulled cider

First Starter

Crown Prince squash, goats cheese & sage gnocchi, spiced squash puree and roasted chestnuts

Second Starter

Venison tartare, sourdough crisps and deep-fried seaweed

Main Course

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.

Chocolate oranges

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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.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

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.