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River Cottage - Axminster
River Cottage - Axminster

River Cottage - Axminster Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rivercottage.net
  • Phone: 0129 763 1715
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Tim Maddams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Music Nights held throughout the year

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus stops with regular service to Honiton or Lyme Regis outside Canteen and train station 5 mins walk
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are some short stay and disabled spaces available in front of the Canteen - more parking available in one of 3 PAD car parks within a 5 minute walk
A word from River Cottage - Axminster
The River Cottage Canteen in Axminster, Devon, showcases the very best of what the South West has to offer and what is in season, with menus changing daily. Our Canteen and Deli can be found in the center of the town, on Trinity Square, and boasts a wide selection of the best local and seasonal provisions including fruit and vegetables, meat and bread, pickles and preserves, wine and beer. Virtually all of the produce has been sourced locally by Hugh and his team from some of the finest South West producers, who regularly attend our weekly tastings. The menu entirely reflects our famous seasonal, local ethos. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our family thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. We all devoured the delicious food and drinks, especially our 10 year old who loved the rabbit ragu. We'll definitely be back."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Disappointing meal which seemed expensive for the size and quality of the servings. particularly the deserts. My steak was tough and not cooked as I requested. The service was good and not over attentive."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We both had fish dishes and were delighted with them. Flavours were just right. Even the side order of chips were fluffy and crunchy in the right quantities. We shall be returning."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Loved the elderflower champagne!! So tasty and fresh!! Top quality ingredients and superbly cooked, service with a smile and friendly banter, really enjoyable evening and will definitely return"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Been to River Cottage a few times now and never disappointed. Love it that all produce is local. Had braised lamb burger -delicious! The sharing platters looked inviting too."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Great food and service, only spoiled by the temperature in the building. It was a very hot day but inside it was even hotter. Would have been much better with a few fans to get some air moving - please were requesting menus to use as fans. The massive height of the warehouse-like rear area provides a great opportunity for ceiling fans or even air con to be fitted, but even some ordinary electric fans would have been a blessing. All in all, a fab meal and I would definitely go again - in winter!"
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Our first visit and even though lunch service was extremely busy and staff were under pressure, the staff were brilliant, the service was excellent, we didn't wait as long as advised to be served and the dishes that were ordered were absolutely delicious >> an all round first class dining experience in great surroundings for lunch ....we'll be back for dinner service next time!!!"
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Very helpful and friendly waitresses. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Amazing side salads and sharing platters but disappointing steak that came out looking like a pub lunch. Expected something more special for the price."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "This was our third visit. Our first for dinner and our first taking along another couple. Thankfully, they were as impressed as we were. We all shared the problem I always seem to have - settling on a choice. Our final selections included two unadventurous steak and chips: but what meat! what chips! what aioli! what dressing on the leaves! Other highlights included English polenta croquettes, cucumber and gooseberry gazpacho, Lyme Bay fish and shellfish broth and stew, rhubarb jelly and ice cream and chocolate marquise. Service was slow to get started, but was then delightful throughout the evening. Can't comment on the cost, because our guests generously paid. They thought it great value - and they are very discerning."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Simple food cooked with interesting and tasty flavours."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening meal. Booked early and glad as very warm night, so got hotter later when busy. Food excellent quality and cooked just the way I like it. Not too fussy, decent portions and looks appetising. Good to know it was sourced locally too. Thank you river cottage for a splendid meal & fabulous friendly whilst very professional service. Wish we had a river cottage in Lancashire too."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Good service, staff friendly and attentive, great unique atmosphere, food exccellent."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "We went down to Somerset for a couple of days tayloring our trip around a visit to the River Cottage Restaurant. We weren't disappointed, it was worth the trip. We all had different food and we all enjoyed everything we had from fish to meat. We wish there was one nearer to us and we will definitely return at some future date."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening meal: we felt the River Cottage ethos of good, honest cooking of great local produce shone through. To be honest, it's lovely to go somewhere relaxed and informal, but still get a 'foodie' experience...delicious!"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "We four enjoyed our lunch at River Cottage Axminster on Tuesday 22nd July which was our first visit. We all had fish and chips, very tasty and nicely cooked, the fish was lovely and fresh and batter extremely light, we complimented the chefs on the way out. During our lunch we were served by a delightful girl called Stephanie, she was so attentive and smiled continuously which pleased us a lot, do pass this on to her."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "The menu was limited and cakes were not fresh. The overall look of the canteen was lovely but the poor quality of the some of the food was unexpected"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "We had been looking forward to eating here for some time and we're not disappointed. Lively & relaxed atmosphere - without being shouty. Fish board starter for two. Outstanding. 8hr Roast Lamb and Pork Belly Roast. Yum. Gooseberry Fumble. Delicious. Kids menu Fish & Chips. Our two thought they were the 'best chips ever'. We will definitely be going back."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "We had the most wonderful evening. Everything was perfect from the welcome when we arrived to paying at the end. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. And it didn't break the bank. We particularly liked the relaxed casual atmosphere. Thank You."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Did have a lovely lunch on the19th, but thought there could be more meat options on the menu. The Gooseberry dessert although delicious was very overpriced"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Just had a superb lunch at River Cottage Deli in Axminster in order to celebrate my partner's birthday. The meal I had was locally sourced whiting and chips with gorgeous local large salad leaves. It tasted superb and cooked perfectly. For desert we shared Gooseberry frumble which was a mix of crumble and fool with tasty crunchy bits throughout. My partner had a gorgeous veg option of gnocchi and salad and we both enjoyed a coffee to finish. I think the nicest touch was the team bringing desert with a candle burning to celebrate my partner's birthday, but keeping it low key as she didn't want to be embarassed with singing happy birthday or anything like that. Perfect from the River Cottage team!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed our meal, food was great and the staffs were very friendly and helpful. Visited on a Thursday evening, wasn’t too busy had a local singer which made fo a great atmosphere. Would and have recommended it to others."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Overall a nice meal, great to see so much local produce on the menu and the interior is lovely. The menu was quite small as where the portions but the quaility was good. My steak was over cooked but this was soon rectified, the staff could have been more knowledgeable about the food as we had a couple of questions which went un-answered. A nice experience but I don't think we would go again."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "we had an amazing dining experience at river cottage - very friendly and helpful staff - a varied selection of menu - really thought out drinks selection - really good use of local produce and a great meal value for money and a relaxed atmosphere"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "Every time we eat at River Cottage, we enjoy the friendly service, the good cooking and the locally sourced food. And the set price meals are really good value."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Sadly our experience was really disappointing. The starters and wine were lovely but our mains took at least half an hour to turn up and when they did all four dishes were less than average. We had lamb and pork roasts and all of the meat was dry. It looked and tasted like it had been sitting on the side for ages. We would have sent it back if we hadn't had to wait so long in the first place."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "Booking for noon and not allowed in to main resturant till noon. Sunday roast was to die for really lovely, very tender meat full of flavour. Disappointed with 'sharing dessert' it was simply two single portions of dry chocolate brownie on a single platter, was expecting a large dish of sticky chocolate brownie to share with 2 spoons. My son loved the dairy free chocolate flapjack, not sure if this was on menu as a result of my request for dairy free dessert or not, the other option rhubarb jelly would have been too sharp for him. Serving staff very good with toddlers. Would go back again but not have dessert. Take away bars/cakes from deli were delicious and very good value better than the dessert, had them the next day with coffee."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "the dining experience was everything we expected. Building was perfect and decoration spot on. Service was second to none and the main course beautifully cooked. The only negative was the soup, it was luke warm but did taste wonderful. Look forward to coming again when in the area."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Fantastic food and friendly staff. Welcoming and warm atmosphere even on a busy night. 2 young pre school children were well catered for & serivice was excellent . would definitely recommend River cottage canteen and will visit again with no hesitation."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Our plan was to have set menu but choice was limited and did not appeal. Instead we chose from main menu and had very good fish and pork dishes. We only had two courses the desserts seemed a little expensive and given their deli was open with 10% discount on that day decided to take away some cheese and cakes to have back at hotel which were very good indeed. Overall great restaurant with really good atmosphere/staff -the open kitchen fun to watch and deli and shop as you enter add to interest and ambience our only slight reservation would on the cost but given quality of food well worth visit."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Everything tasted so natural and fresh. No cutting corners at this place. Great service too! Definitely returning!"
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "The canteen is exactly what you can see on TV in the River Cottage series. Service was excellent, dishes as well. The menu is quite limited, dishes are either vegeterian or too spicy, we could very hardly find one for my daughter who does not like lamb, chili and such stuff. We arrived to the canteen after driving very long, with big expectations but left it a bit unsatisfied."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary with lunch at River Cottage. The food was superb as was the service. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would heartily recommend it."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "We watched the show in Australia and we're very exited to visit"
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Tasty, fresh and light. Traveled far to experience the food and was not disappointed. Wonderful relaxing atmosphere and very friendly staff."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Delicious spiced lamb, freshly baked bread, wonderful herby salads, gooseberry fumble to die for, and the strawberry bellinis got us off to a good start. And the chips! A great relaxed place with excellent service."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "We had lunch at the Canteen with friends. The atmosphere was great and our waiter was friendly and cheerful and very quick and efficient. He knew the menu well and was able to speak about each dish. We were given tempting focaccia and dipping oil to start. Two of us then followed this up with "pulled lamb bap" which was in effect a fancy lamb burger which was also in focaccia. It was really nice but the combination of focaccia and chips was just too heavy and unbalanced. Great if you like to feel bloated! We then discussed the merits of Cortado vs Macchiato with the waiter who made the best compromise I've had at the Canteen. Great place to go."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "After wanting to visit for a very long time , we finally dined at River Cottage Canteen Axminster. Our food was great , the service was perfect and it would be somewhere that we would visit regularly - if we didn't live almost 200 miles away !!!! The restaurant was very busy but staff were very attentive even though there was a bit of a wait for our starters to arrive . The wait was worth it - everything was perfectly cooked , fresh and generous in portion size. I recommend people to go - but do book or you just won't get in . Its that popular ."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "From start to finish the evening and meal was fantastic! Friendly and helpful staff, food was great and it made for a lovely night out."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Had an outstanding meal a year ago at the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster which was excellent in terms of all food, service and ambience. 2nd visit was good, nice and busy, super friendly service staff and food very high quality. Of the five portions (three starters, one main course one pudding), the crab starter was excellent, very good indeed, the Mackerel with a gooseberry and cucumber salsa was, ever so slightly undercooked (both portions) lacking in seasoning and not enough gooseberry flavour (as a Mackerel can really hold a sweet/sour accompaniment). The pea shoots with it were very nice. The main course of blue cheese croquets were truly outstanding! Chocolate brownie was adequate. Star of the meal was the warm bread/oil!"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Just my wife and I out for a rare evening meal. Food was very good and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Busy bustling atmosphere that works well in the large almost factory like setting. Considering HFW's reputation he has not been tempted to charge high prices. The drinks menu was also reasonably priced. Nice to be able to see the kitchen in action also. Can recommend the fish courses. My wife enjoyed her veggie main although she is not a vegetarian."
    dined on 05/07/2014