Cook on Hugh’s Farm With a River Cottage Cookery Class

by | Jan 15, 2017

River Cottage Cookery School, Axminster, Devon

Take one of the cookery classes on offer at River Cottage in Devon and you’ll have a view of the rolling hills as you chop your veg.

Hugh Fearley Whittingstall's River Cottage Cookery School in Devon

Visit River Cottage and master new skills with specialist cookery classes from Hugh’s team of chefs

We’ve all seen River Cottage on TV and watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team create tasty farm-to-table dishes.

It’s the stuff that smallholder dreams are made of – a bucolic setting and home grown produce just outside your kitchen door. This is hearty and authentic comfort food to share. The essential ingredients that bind friends and family together.

Try one of the cookery classes at River Cottage and it will warm the cockles of your heart. It’s a special place that will take you back to a simpler time when we lived off the land and knew what to do with a pig’s trotter.


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River Cottage Cookery Classes

  • Tour River Cottage
  • Full Day Cooking Experiences
  • Range of expert classes available
  • Enjoy a delicious meal at the end of the day
  • Fantastic gift experience

Spend a Full Day Cooking at River Cottage

If you’ve travelled all the way to Devon, you may as well go the whole hog and do the Full Day River Cottage cooking experience.

From the moment you hop on the tractor in the morning, to when you sit down at the end of the day to eat the veritable feast you’ve created, you’ll be immersed in the River Cottage way of life.

On the day’s menu – five scrumptious cookery classes focusing on bread, puddings, meat, veg and fish.


Shelves displaying River Cottage Cookery School bags and series of cook books

Browse their full range of cook books when you take a class at the River Cottage cookery school

Take a Cookery Class in Bread Baking or Master Nose-to Tail Butchery

As devoted fans know, the ethos at River Cottage is all about cooking with local seasonal produce and taking a nose-to-tail approach.

Take the ‘Pig in a Day’ cookery course if you want to try your hand at pork butchery with Meat Expert, Steve Lamb and see how he does it.

And, if freshly baked sourdough, warm from the oven, is your thing – the bread-making course. You’ll knead and shape a variety of loaves and cook a wood-fired pizza, too.

The full day fish cookery class will get you filleting mackerel, hot smoking and preparing shellfish.

  • The farm is located down a steep slope so take the tractor-trailer ride from the car park if you have mobility issues
  • Classes are taken by a River Cottage chef with a maximum of 20 participants
  • For an alternative taste of River Cottage, why not book a dining experience for two?
  • If you’ve had a good time, come back for the River Cottage Summer Fair in August 
Netherleigh Bed & Breakfast in Axminster – just a six minute drive from River Cottage HQ, this B&B has three ensuite rooms and is well located for exploring the region.

Where is River Cottage HQ? 

River Cottage Cookery School

River Cottage Cookery School, Park Farm, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster EX13 8TB.


River Cottage Cookery School

Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB


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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures.