I’ve been known to go out if my way for a good meal. Last year we did a day trip in Crete based on the fact we could revisit a roadside taverna that specialises in rabbit which we found the year prior. It was a two hour drive and I had to endure 35c heat a lot of ancient ruins but boy was it worth it! Similarly, the 400 miles between home and Axminster seems a long way, but a fab little lunch in the River Cottage Canteen before hitting the road home made the miles just slip away.
OK, so I didn’t go all that way for lunch. In fact I was down there for an amazing evening at River Cottage HQ, but a trip to the River Cottage Canteen was the cherry on the cake of our trip.
I was road tripping with friends and we’d spent a sunny couple of hours on the beach at nearby Lyme Regis; watching the boats bob around in the harbour and natter about life.
By the time we arrived in Axminster we were hungry and hopeful.
The menu at River Cottage Canteen changes daily, so that the chefs can use whatever is freshest and abundant.
The Canteen looks like a smallish cafe from the front, but step past the open kitchen and you find the big dining hall, festooned with bunting and oozing shabby chic.
The deli has a huge range of locally produced meat and cheese, beer and liqueur, sweet treats, preserves and great value River Cottage gift hampers. We couldn’t help but have a little shopping spree and between us we had everything from gift hampers to luxury biscuits and even a coffee sack which I couldn’t resist – it makes for a great photo backdrop! It was a squeeze in the car let me tell you!
There are branches of the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster, Bristol and Winchester. I only wish they were slightly closer to home. But for now if you find yourself hungry in Axminster, head to the Canteen and stock up on goodies before you leave so you can take a taste of the south coast home with you.
SHE LOVES: daily menus, shopping heaven.
River Cottage Canteen: Trinity Square, Axminster. EX13 5AN