The foodies were making copious notes and asking sensible questions, I figured I could look up the recipes later!
There is no love sincerer
than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw
There was time to have a good nose around the River Cottage grounds, the bits you see on the TV were fun to look at.
There’s a wonderful vegetable garden in front of the iconic farmhouse with two fantastic pizza ovens. Inside the house a “kitchen” where the filming for the TV show often takes place was a great spot for a photo and the other downstairs room had a lovely log burner fired up and if you are a small dinner party group you can dine in here.
The food was prepared by the resident chefs as well as the trainees who are learning their trade at the chefs’ school. It did not disappoint – sumptuous ravioli starter, braised pork that fell apart and the most amazing crème brule for dessert.
Travel to River Cottage HQ is by tractor and trailer!
You could club together with friends or family to buy vouchers which is what I did last year for a friend’s 40th. If the budget doesn’t quite stretch to the full experience then the Canteen in Axminster is also a great place for a meal or just tea and cake (yes great cake!). The River Cottage brand has also expanded to canteens in Plymouth and Bath as well. If you just want a nose around the Park Farm HQ then look out for their open days – annual Spring Fair and Summer Festivals are great value.
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