Riverford Farm and Field Kitchen Restaurant, Buckfastleigh, Devon

Inspired by a visit to Alice Waters’ restaurant ‘Chez Panisse’ in San Francisco, farmer’s son Guy Watson, started growing organic veg on the family farm at Riverford in Devon in 1987. His restaurant – the Riverford Field Kitchen, is one of Britain’s best farm restaurants.

Interior Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant at Riverford Organic Farm

Riverford Farm in Devon home to an organic restaurant – the Riverford Field Kitchen

It’s worth travelling miles just to have Sunday lunch at the Riverford Field Kitchen – Riverford farm’s restaurant in Devon. It’s ideal for large gatherings of family or friends and offers the perfect combination of a hearty field to fork feast followed by lashings of fresh air and a farm walk. My advice – arrive with a big appetite and wear your best elasticated trousers. Don’t forget to pop in to Riverford’s excellent farm shop in nearby Staverton on the way home and pick up a few goodies, although it’s unlikely you’ll feel peckish later.

Sally, Editor, The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Eat in the Riverford Farm restaurant
  • Watch the chefs in action
  • Do the farm walk
  • Take the guided farm tour
  • Visit Riverford Farm shop nearby
  • Veg masterclasses

Riverford Organic Farm – From Wheelbarrow to Organic Delivery Company

The Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. Now, working with farms across the country, it distributes nearly 50,000 boxes of seasonal, organic produce each week, including meat, to hungry households across the country with a box being packed every 3 seconds. If you’re visiting Devon, book a table at The Riverford Field Kitchen on Wash Farm in Buckfastleigh, to see the inspiring ways Riverford chefs cook their own vegetables.

Exterior of Riverford Farm Restaurant

The Riverford Field Kitchen is located next to the fields on Wash Farm

Have a Riverford Farm Feast

It’s a friendly set up at the Field Kitchen, the Riverford Farm restaurant. You’ll be seated at communal farmhouse tables where the food is presented on large sharing platters so you can help yourself. Of course, vegetables are the star of the show on the daily set menu. Starters are imaginative – kale Caesar salad, roasted romanesco with cavolo nero pesto and almonds. Comforting veggie dishes – rosemary and garlic roast potatoes, roasted beets and Puy lentils, carrots with white cabbage and dukka, are served alongside a sturdy meat dish like beef blade with braised shallots. The home-baked puddings are a triumph and the good news is that you can choose two. Try the frangipane tart and the salted caramel chocolate cheesecake.

Riverford's Kale Caesar Salad with Cornflowers

Kale Caesar salad

Puddings with cream Riverford Field Kitchen

Salted caramel chocolate cheesecake and frangipane tart

Enjoy a Local Tipple

Order local drinks to enjoy with your meal including organic red ale with blood oranges from the Atlantic Brewery, Ashridge cider or a bottle of Sharpham Estate, a citrusy white wine from Sharpham Vineyard in nearby Totnes.

Welcome to Riverford Field Kitchen Sign

Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant is on the farm

Open Kitchen Riverford Farm Restaurant

Watch the chefs preparing the food in the open kitchen

Do The Farm Walk

At any time of year, you can top up your fresh air quota with a farm walk after lunch. It usually takes around 1.5 hours. Pick up a map and an MP3 player with audio from Riverford founder Guy Watson.

Take a Guided Tour Around The Farm

From April-October, you can take a guided tour around Wash Farm but also their farms in Peterborough and North Yorkshire (booking required). Learn about the history of Riverford and the Watson family and pick and taste produce straight from the ground whilst taking in countryside views and local wildlife.

Interior of Riverford Field Kitchen

Interior Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant

Family doing the Riverford Farm Walk

Do the farm walk after lunch

Shop For Riverford Produce

Just a 4 minute drive away, you’ll find the Riverford Farm Shop at Staverton. There’s also another shop in the nearby town of Totnes, a town that’s steeped in history and home to a Norman castle. While you’re there, take a look at Butterwalk, a passageway which dates from Tudor times where dairy products were once sold.


Tips

  • At Riverford Farm Restaurant, pre-booking is essential. There’s an alternative choice for vegetarians (although food allergies aren’t catered for)
  • If you want to enjoy a pre-lunch drink, arrive early as all the tables are served at the same time
  • Bring your wellies if you’re planning on doing the walk or you can borrow them at the farm
  • Keep a look out on their website for details of special events such as ‘Fish Fridays’ and Master Veg classes held at several locations across the country
  • Londoners can enjoy a taste of Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge Pub in Islington, London’s first and only certified organic pub

Cook’s Tip

Freeze your vegetable peelings and use them to make stock for soup.


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Rooms from £104 a night.

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DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks, expert on dog friendly days out in Devon

Please check with the Riverford Field Kitchen.

Mr Hendricks


HOW TO FIND RIVERFORD FARM RESTAURANT

 

Riverford Field Kitchen Restaurant, Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0JU

Website: www.riverford.co.uk/restaurant