Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Kitchen & Store officially launches


The new River Cottage Kitchen & Store has officially launched.

Open 9am-5pm, seven days a week, with breakfast served 9am-11.30am and lunch served 12pm-3pm, this casual cafe is located within the famous River Cottage HQ – a stone’s throw from the recognisable Farmhouse and gardens.

Whether dining alfresco on the outdoor terrace or enjoying the light and airy space indoors, guests can soak up the breathtaking, ever-changing views of the East Devon countryside. Cyclists, adventure seekers in muddy walking boots and four-legged friends are all welcome, and there’s plenty of space to park cars with additional spaces reserved for disabled access. 

River Cottage Kitchen & Store is the perfect pit-stop to refuel, whether tackling the undulating hills of the Devon/Dorset border on a walk or bike ride, driving through the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the scenic South West 660 coastal path, or simply meeting friends for a slice of cake.

The River Cottage Kitchen & Store champions organic, local and seasonal food with a farm to fork ethos. The new menu has been developed by Gelf Alderson, Culinary Director of River Cottage, for more than ten years. His talent has long been recognised through his work with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to create the delicious menus served at River Cottage.

Sample dishes from the autumn menu include:

Hot smoked onions, roast mushroom, organic mozzarella, River Cottage spicy kraut and beetchup on seeded sourdough  £9

Organic English lentil, squash and cauliflower patties with citrusy hummus, salsa verde and dukka  £15

Organic chorizo meatballs, spicy tomato and bean sauce, herby bashed celeriac and spuds  £16

“OffShore” rope grown mussels lightly curried with leeks, River Cottage Cider, apples and cream with seeded sourdough  £17

(As seen on the latest TV series; River Cottage Reunited)

Chelsea bun and organic sun-dried apricot bread and butter pudding with organic vanilla ice cream  £7.90

Pear, apple and ginger fumble  £7.90

Organic chocolate, beetroot and Somerset cider brandy torte, roast plum compote, sunflower seed cream  £7.90

It’s not too early to mention the upcoming Christmas menu as well, which will be available from November, giving visitors even more reason to be regulars.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “I’m very excited about our brand new Kitchen & Store at River Cottage HQ which is now open. It’s a casual space for breakfast, lunch, drinks and cakes as well as a store where you can buy our River Cottage products and books. We’re not currently taking bookings so you – and your dogs! – can simply drop in to check it out and see the beautiful views across the valley.

“It’s a beautiful space in a beautiful location – at the top of the hill from the farm, but not on the farm itself – and I hope to see some of you here soon.”

Formerly based in Axminster town centre, the new Kitchen & Store brings the River Cottage experience together into one foodie hub. In keeping with River Cottage’s environmentally conscious ethos, materials, fixtures and fittings from the Axminster site have been upcycled or recycled. Where new materials have been necessary, they have been chosen for their high environmental standards.

Visitors will be able to purchase River Cottage’s range of products from the store, including the many fantastic cookbooks written by Hugh and the team, local food and drink, and homeware. Also on offer will be the River Cottage Organic range of organic products which now includes; ketchup, kombucha, vegetable stock, cider, beer, sparkling wine, award-winning yoghurt, kefir as well as soaps and balms – made in conjunction with local producers.

To keep up to date with the latest River Cottage news, visit the website, find Hugh and the team on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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