Enjoying The Good Life At River Cottage Canteen

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

Chefs were very gracious in letting us snap them!

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.

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

My fabulous road trip buddies 🙂

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.

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

Super fresh soused mackerel and fennel

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

Merguez sausage and lentils

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

The chips to end all chips. They were epic!

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.

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

Love this- wish I saw it more

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

The cavernous back room

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!River Cottage Canteen AxminsterRiver Cottage Canteen Axminster

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

River Cottage Canteen Axminster

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Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes. She is a foodie with exceptional taste! Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide. Chocolate brownie queen, mine are the best. Clandestine Cake Club Organiser for Bolton and Wigan. Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it. Massive fan of The Archers. Crazy cat lady and proud. NW England / Manchester / UK Twitter/Insta: She_Eats_Blog Facebook: SheEatsBlog

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