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Summer Nights

from £70.00

Unwind and enjoy those long summer nights, with a special evening of seasonal food 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 place to bask in the glow of the setting sun, relishing warm, lazy dinners in our courtyard or 17th century threshing barn, depending on the weather.

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 four 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 tractor ride down the hill to a stroll around HQ, exploring the farm and enjoying views of the stunning Axe Valley as the sun goes down. Once you are seated dinner is introduced by your chef for the evening before you eat, drink and relax, leaving with a happy summer memory to recall in the depths of winter.

Children are very welcome to our Summer Nights at River Cottage, with £15 tickets for under-12s.

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

*T&Cs - maximum of 2 children per booking.

Your event

18:30 - 23:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Welcome & canapés

    We’ll greet you with a seasonal drink, canapés and the chance to explore your 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 four 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.

  • Petit fours and coffee

    After dinner you’ll unwind with coffee and petits fours (if you still have room), before being driven back up the hill by our tractor and trailer.

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

Example Summer Nights menu


River Cottage salami

Carrot hummus on toast with fennel tops

River Cottage pork sausages; mustard mayo

Locally smoked salmon with herb crème fresh on blinis

First starter

Fish soup with fennel, tomato and line-caught fillet of sea bass

Second starter

Pea shoots, broad beans and goat’s cheese


Barbecued Park Farm hogget leg with rosemary; green herb sauce, bashed new potatoes, organic green salad


Strawberry semifreddo; minted strawberries, vanilla shortbread

Coffee, petits fours

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an 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 an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Please note we cater for all but the most severe allergies and intolerances, however, as ingredients that include allergens are used in other recipes in our kitchens, we cannot guarantee against contamination. If you would like to know the steps we take to minimise cross-contamination in our kitchens, please call one of the team between 9-5, Monday to Friday, and we will be happy to assist.