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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
  • Hours of Operation: MON 9AM - 5PM
    TUES -SAT 9AM - 5PM, 6.30PM - 9PM
    SUNDAY 9AM - 5PM

    LUNCH 12 - 3PM
    DINNER 6.30PM - 8.30PM
  • 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, 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
River Cottage Canteen in Axminster, Devon, showcases the very best of what the South West has to offer and what is in season, with regularly changing menus.

The 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.

The menu entirely reflects the River Cottage ethos: seasonal, local, organic and wild.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is the 3rd time I have been to River Cottage Canteen, but the first for lunch. At first glance the menu doesn't have many choices but it's only lunch and all the dishes looked delicious as they went past me to other diners. I had the seafood stew-absolutely delicious! The fish was so fresh you could taste the sea! My husband had the belly of pork and stirfried vegetables, The meat just melted in your mouth and the vegetables had that just-cooked crispness that complimeted the soft pork perfectly. I can't wait to reurn to River Cottage canteen soon!"
    dined on 27/09/2014
  • "Its our second visit to River Cottage Axminster for lunch. Its a great space serving no nonsense flavoursome food. Our only complaint was that fish and chips came with grilled fish - we expected battered fish as we saw so many other 'battered' plates being served around us - apparently a starter. Our waiter also failed to point this out - but again our fault as we took it for granted rather than reading the menu."
    dined on 26/09/2014
  • "A very nice evening with a real buzz about the place. The food was very healthy apart from the chocolate mousse which was absolutely brilliant. The service was very friendly although there seemed to be some confusion over which table should get which dishes which was entertaining. I did find the main course slightly disappointing though, for me the flavours didn't quite work and the vegetables could have been crisper, it was a stir fry. Overall we thought the meals we had were different from most restaurants and could have been great but in practice they were ok."
    dined on 23/09/2014
  • "Delicious rabbit ragu, ve meze board, and brownie fool to share!"
    dined on 21/09/2014
  • "We had a very tasty, very relaxed meal. My seafood broth was fantastic - it tasted like I was eating the fish that I'd seen on the fishing boats at Lyme Regis that morning; I probably was!! It was great to buy some cheese and chutney from the deli counter to take home for a midnight feast too!"
    dined on 20/09/2014
  • "We high expectations of River cottage Canteen, the restaurant looked very nice and had a big airy main room, which had the wow factor. Two of our group have dietary needs, which the menu was struggling to help them with. As our meal turned up, the. We're told their food did contain gluten, so they had to choose something else. They got a bowl of cabbage each, dressed with butter???? The menu is very small, and there wasn't many dishes that really excited me. My friend who is ordered fish got a a bone stuck in her throat. She ended up going to A&E to get it removed, the manager was very concerned. She did give us a reduction in our final bill."
    dined on 20/09/2014
  • "I was expecting so much and was left wanting. We visited for lunch and there were only 4 main course options on the menu. So not fancying veggie or fish - I opted for the chicken. It was shredded chicken served in a bun with rock hard chips and few leaves. There was far too many carbs on the plate with the massive bun and chips. Personally I would have enjoyed the chicken in a wrap with a lovely salad. Hubby had the pork which was tasty and was served loads of veg. It was a complete opposite to my dish as there were no carbs at all. No rice, no noddles, no pots and no bread. The chef clearly hadn't got a clue on how to make crispy crackling as it was rock solid and black. So disappointed we didn't bother with pud. Deli is fab though."
    dined on 20/09/2014
  • "Food was small portions, lacking in flavor, the fish was flavor less and everything was coated in oil, venue was not very clean, staff were friendly, but very very expensive for what we had. Feel that they are trading off the name,"
    dined on 17/09/2014
  • "I ordered the chicken roast and I would never order chicken in a restaurant before but I knew it would be a high quality from River Cottage. It didn't fail to please, lots of gravy and we go extra veg which wasn't put as an extra on the bill. The service was good too. Very happy and would recommend."
    dined on 14/09/2014
  • "Being great fans of HFW we expected great things at the canteen in Axminster . We were not disappointed in the slightest. The meal was excceptional . Our starter was a meze presented on a slate, which we shared , followed by a traditional sunday roast lunch. The standard of food was very impressive . The service was personal and friendly. In summary a very satisfying experience. A credit to HFW and all at River Cottage. Thanks."
    dined on 14/09/2014
  • "We had our anniversary meal here. Roast was lovely. Very relaxed atmosphere"
    dined on 14/09/2014
  • "I went to River Cottage - Axminster with my family for a birthday meal. The whole experience was wonderful, food and service was excellent. In a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Prices were a few pounds above good pub prices, but the food was definitely a cut above and well worth it. Every member of our group thoroughly enjoyed their meal and we are keen to come back. I would recommend the meat platter and the venison ragu. Enjoy."
    dined on 13/09/2014
  • "Delicious food and very attentive staff, we ate far too much! :)"
    dined on 13/09/2014
  • "Open, airy surroundings, fabulous food, unusual combinations. Very attentive staff. Will be going back time and again!"
    dined on 13/09/2014
  • "This was not about food - although the food was excellent (probably the best Sunday Lunch we've ever had !!), melt in the mouth pork roast with fantastic fresh veg, chorizo stuffing balls in a mind-blowing gravy. It was not about the location - what a beautiful place, nestling in a scenic valley. It was not about roaming around the farm, taking pics of all those TV places and loving the pigs and cows before sitting down in the lovely high-ceilinged barn for lunch. It was about people ! The staff were really welcoming and friendly and the other 60 people there with us were all very nice. We were sitting next to people we'd never met and getting to know them over our relaxed 2 hour lunch. A truly memorable occasion."
    dined on 13/09/2014
  • "This was our third visit and it just gets better and better! My Husband and I shared a fish platter starter which was delicious in every way, then I had Pork belly cooked to melt in the mouth, while my Husband had steak, again cooked to perfection! Being indulgent we had a side of the nicest chips I've ever eaten! We finished with a chocolate mousse cake each and we both agreed it was the tastiest pud we've ever had! The service was brilliant and we love the rustic feel of the place. We have made it a tradition now to travel down for our Wedding Anniversary Meal every year! Cannot fault this place, thank you! :)"
    dined on 12/09/2014
  • "We were travelling nearby and onward into Devon so we booked because River Cottage has a brand name with a high profile. Our expectations were exceeded. The food was simply done but delicious and the care take in choosing the local ingredients shone through. Superb bread baked there and using their own from sourdough 'mother' - wonderful flavour and texture. Great range of soft drinks (so often a problem in restaurants). Service excellent. Want to go again and again!"
    dined on 12/09/2014
  • "A return visit x 3 this time with friends. A really special occasion - excellent food service and value. If only we didn't live so far away!"
    dined on 12/09/2014
  • " The Canteen is certainly different thanks to the factory like setting of the main dining area. The singer gave it a folksie atmosphere. Service was polite and prompt. I went for the mackerel with salad which was tasty and refreshing. My wife was disappointed with her choice of the summer soup. I tried it and had to agree. We went for the gnocchi dish and both found it to be tangy and satisfying. My wife approved of her sweet choice and my beetroot tart with chocolate was interesting. The chocolate creme fraiche was delicious but I was less keen on the texture of the beetroot. The bill came to £65. Reasonable enough for a special one-off occasion but we did think we were paying more for reputation than outstanding quality and value."
    dined on 11/09/2014
  • "All the way from Australia on a quick trip and this was a must as I love Hughs TV program. The canteen did not disappoint. Sharing boards recommended!!!"
    dined on 09/09/2014
  • "Very disappointing travelled a long way to visit the canteen but didn't meet our expectations.although the food was good the overall experience was poor! Small portions for the price & no bread offered with meal just little things that could of made it better!! The atmosphere wasn't good staff were rushing around no chatting food not explained!just a very dissapointing £50 lunch!"
    dined on 08/09/2014
  • "We ate lunch at River Cottage on a Monday outside the school holidays, but it was surprisingly busy. Our server was very friendly, briefed herself on our dietary requirements (which we had specified on booking) and provided helpful advice. My vegetarian dishes were very good - cooked and raw courgette with toast; polenta with pesto - with extremely fresh and high quality ingredients. My coeliac father-in-law also had a choice of dishes, and enjoyed his fish starter and man course. My husband, an omnivore, found less on the menu to interest him though. The chocolate brownie dessert was delicious; the beetroot tart interesting, although on the small side. Overall the experience was very positive, although the ambience was a little noisy."
    dined on 08/09/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the staff friendly & the atmosphere relaxed & informal. A really nice evening."
    dined on 06/09/2014
  • "The waiting staff couldn't have been more delightful or helpful and they more than anything else made this an enjoyable evening. The staff in the kitchen however seemed to be hamming it up just a bit too much - a bit less shouting would have given us more confidence that things were going well! We had to ask for bread to accompany the starter, a rather dull fish platter with kipper replacing mackeral, if I remember rightly. The food was certainly acceptable, but in no way outstanding, although the slow roast belly pork was beautifully tender. The accompanying veg was distinctly bland, but undoubtedly nice and fresh. Servings plenty large enough for us, so we didn't get as far as dessert. House wine definately below par."
    dined on 06/09/2014
  • "A very nice dinning experience, perhaps a little pricey for the amount of food we had but nevertheless great for a special treat."
    dined on 06/09/2014
  • "After promising ourselves a visit since last year we weren't disappointed. Great hospitality, great food and very helpful friendly staff. My friends food allergies didn't present any problems for them, and it was no trouble to change her fish board to incorporate gluten free bread and change fried fish in.breadcrumbs for mackerel strips.would definitely recommend a visit. It was a great experience."
    dined on 06/09/2014
  • "Our starter (fennel soup) was very disappointing but the main meal (pork belly) was absolutely fantastic"
    dined on 06/09/2014
  • "Having watched River Cottage episodes in Australia we were so glad the dining experience at River Cottage Canteen Axminster was such a good one. The setting was great, the service from Peeps and Jet(?)friendly and faultless; answering questions, making suggestions and of course the food delicious! Can highly recommend the fish broth; devine."
    dined on 05/09/2014
  • "Visited for a lunchtime pre booked meal. Was greeted promptly and shown to a table. Waiting staff quickly took drinks and food orders, sharing platter arrived quickly. Served on wooden platters with tiny plates !! Food quality was good, chips excellent, salad whilst has some brown 'stalk ends' was good, fish platter good but mackerel pate slightly runny and lacking in depth of flavour. Sweets excellent if a little pricey. Overall a very pleasing experience."
    dined on 05/09/2014
  • "After following Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's TV programmes about River Cottage from the inception it was great to find that my confidence in the style and quality of his food, restaurant and shop had not been misplaced. An unpretentious but characterful location and an interesting menu. When questioned about the ingredients the staff were keen to explain the provenance and specifics. I was surprised that they weren't more visible as this is such a basic of his "product". Each element and ingredient of the food worked and was well done. We were well looked after and enjoyed our two course lunch."
    dined on 05/09/2014
  • "We took friends to the Canteen on the 4th September 2014 for their first visit. Like us they were impressed by the relaxed, friendly atmosphere which along with great food made for a perfect evening."
    dined on 04/09/2014
  • "Initially our view was positive a very warm welcome on arrival and attentive staff, accommodated a table move with good service. Then we had a very long wait for food, people who arrived after us ordered and had eaten before our food arrived. I will be interested to see how many vegan, gluten free recipes are in Hugh book, as not a great choice in canteen. My carnivour companion was very pleased with selection and meal. The last dissapointment was when I asked for the remainder of my meal to take home, the most important part was not packed up, whether this had rolled off the plate on the way back to the kitchen, but why not tell me, on arrival at home to discover this I felt robed."
    dined on 04/09/2014
  • "Friendly and correct staff. Had a conversation with the chef to tell him that the kictchen is doping am excellent job. Good raw materials and a quality for money."
    dined on 03/09/2014
  • "We have regular visitors since moving to Beer earlier this year and usually try and include a visit to RC Canteen and Deli as a treat. We like Axminster and it also has the nearest Bank and good shopping. Hugh has done an amazing job with his team and it must be a massive asset to the area. Shall return. Erby and Veronica"
    dined on 03/09/2014
  • "The food was amazing. Staff very friendly and knowledgable . The tables and floor were all wooden and the chairs all mismatched which added to the ambience . Only thing that let it down was the service was slow. More staff needed. Would go again"
    dined on 02/09/2014
  • "Food is good but not brilliant, service was hit and miss, table was part cleared then she went and attended another table. It's ok for a once off meal for a treat but I wouldn't make it a regular eatery as there are better places"
    dined on 02/09/2014
  • "Axminster for birthday lunch for Jane on Sunday, with son and girlfriend, sister and brother in law, nephew and niece. Lovely meal, gorgeous cocktails, yummy coley fritters (I'm a sucker for a fish cake!) pork beautifully cooked, and the roasties........ To die for! Beetroot tart quirky but delicious, brownies from a chocolate heaven. Top notch service, great ambience, and not too horrendous a bill, we'll be back."
    dined on 31/08/2014
  • "Utterly fabulous service from wonderful staff in a light, airy dining room. Elderflower Fizz cocktail was a lovely start to the meal with chewy sourdough. West Country Meat Plate outstanding; smoked pork particularly delicious and generous serving size. Roast Chicken perfectly cooked, side dishes a must. All finished with gorgeous lemon tart - perfection! Very comfortable and welcoming from start to finish - such an enjoyable experience. Deli is a must too afterwards for take-home happiness!"
    dined on 31/08/2014
  • "Good, wholesome food with a clean palate. Very enjoyable"
    dined on 31/08/2014
  • "Four of us chose to eat here for Sunday lunch. We ordered a mixture of the roast chicken and roast pork. Both were very tasty and well cooked. Our main concern was however - value for money. We are not sure how the restaurant justifies charging high end prices for very little food on the plate. We were given vegetables with the roast - Roast potatoes and cabbage only. We feel that a greater selection of vegetables could have been provided - given that the restaurant is called 'River Cottage'. Probably not worth us re-visiting."
    dined on 31/08/2014