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Summer Lunch

from £65.00

Make hay while the sun shines, with a warm welcome at River Cottage.

River Cottage HQ is beautiful all year round but it is truly magical throughout the summer months. The farm is the perfect setting to bask in the warmth of the sun, relishing long lazy lunches in our courtyard or 17th century threshing barn, weather dependent.

Our chefs make the most of the season’s produce, harvesting directly from the abundant walled kitchen garden and plundering the spoils of the polytunnels. They create a daily three course menu that incorporates the most delicious dishes from the homegrown and local summer ingredients available.

This is an ideal event to share with your family and friends, from the stroll down the hill to a wander around HQ, exploring the farm and enjoying views of the stunning Axe Valley. Once you are seated lunch is introduced by your chef for the day before you eat, drink and relax, leaving with a happy summer memory to recall in the depths of winter.

We welcome children of all ages to our Summer 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 younger child who will be attending, but not dining with us, please let us know so that a highchair can be allocated.

Are you coming with a group of 10 or more? Did you know we offer private dining packages? 

Your event

12.00 - 15.30

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met 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

    We’ll greet you with a seasonal drink, and the chance to get out in the sunshine (fingers crossed) to explore our idyllic surroundings.

  • Chef’s introduction

    As you settle in, your 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 three courses of fantastic local and seasonal produce, planned on the day to showcase the freshest and the best. We happily cater for any dietary requirements, which you’ll be asked to provide when booking.

  • Petits fours and coffee

    After lunch you’ll unwind with coffee and petits fours (if you still have room), before heading back up the hill to the car park.

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

Example menu


Fresh pea soup, home blushed tomatoes, borage flowers, warm focaccia


Slow roast shoulder and seared loin of organic lamb, crushed new potatoes, mixed garden vegetables, mint and rosemary jelly


Almond meringue, rum soaked strawberries, red berry fool

Coffee, petits fours

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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.