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River Cottage Review

Date: 15th June 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Hawkchurch Resort & Spa
Food & Drink

This award winning deli & canteen in Axminster has something to offer everyone, and the HQ has even more!

River Cottage is owned by multi-award winning writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearney–Whittingstall, known for his commitment to seasonal and ethically sourced food. This commitment helped establish River Cottage and the ethos flows through all four of the locations, from Bristol and Plymouth to Winchester and Axminster. The River Cottage Deli & Canteen in Axminster is only a short distance from our own Hawkchurch Resort & Spa, with the River Cottage HQ being only a short drive away in the stunning Axe Valley.

River Cottage HQ

File source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:River_Cottage_Farmhouse.jpg

Located between Lyme Regis and Axminster, River Cottage HQ offers a fantastic Cooking School with something for everyone. So if you are (like me) a newbie to the cooking world, enthusiastic about food, or even a full blown Jamie Oliver, there will be a course to inspire you! The hands on school has specialist fish or meat courses, bread making and baking classes, as well as how to courses on gardening, fishing and even seashore foraging!

Award Winning Chefs

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 12, 2017. Photo credit: Neil Munns/PA Wire

The HQ also offers fabulous food all locally sourced in line with the sustainability ethos of the company, at the recent Footprint Awards this was celebrated with head chef Gelf Anderson winning the prestigious award! Chef Anderson runs the kitchens, as well as the ever busy cooking school, and is key to guests gaining insight on River Cottage’s sustainable credentials, the Footprint Award recognises an individual’s contribution to environmental, social and economical sustainability. Gelf Anderson not only practices this at River Cottage, but through his enthusiasm and engagement with clients, excites them and leaves them buzzing and full of ideas about ethical sustainability. Congratulation Chef Anderson, a well deserved winner!

The River Cottage Festival

Taking place over a weekend in September (17th & 18th Sept) this festival is the first ever music festival to be held at River Cottage HQ! This family fun weekend will have the farm house buzzing with fun activities, fantastic music and, of course, mind blowing food. Marvel at the falconry and horse displays, see these magical animals up close and personal, pick up tips from the demonstrations by local crafts people and grab a locally brewed beverage from the drinks tent! Kids will have an amazing weekend from performing their own puppet show to mastering spectacular circus tricks! There are day and weekend tickets available, so let your inner hippie out for brilliant music, fun activities, Devonshire treasure and mouth watering food!

River Cottage HQ has loads on offer, and the Axminster Deli & Canteen offers a delicious meal, glorious sweets and live music, all with the same sustainable, locally sourced produces ethos of the company. So why not pop in and say hello, grab a bite and a drink in the atmosphere!

Happy Adventuring Foodies!

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Photo Credits: JemmaMoran, Eden Project Communities,

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