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River Cottage

River Cottage

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River Cottage

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  • Gorgeous Devon farm wedding venue
  • Picturesque location near Axminster
  • Featured on Channel 4's 'River Cottage'
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Evening reception parties for up to 120
  • Delicious wedding breakfasts and buffets
  • Most produce grown and reared on farm
  • Marquee option for larger celebrations

Located near Axminster, right on the Devon and Dorset border, this 65-acre organic farm is home to an award-winning cookery and chef's school, and is one of the settings for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'River Cottage' series. Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, the farm can accommodate reception parties with up to 120 guests in the barn, with more able to fit in marquees.

A heaven for foodies, River Cottage presents delicious wedding cuisine using produce often grown or reared on the farm itself. All wedding parties can enjoy exclusive use of the property and are invited to explore the scenic grounds, which provide ample gorgeous photo-opportunities. An optional extra is the venue's games package, including outdoor bowling - plus a welly-toss!


You may well have seen the farm, featuring in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 1998 TV show 'River Cottage'. He broadcast his fresh approach to cooking on Channel 4, which helped develop more enlightened UK culinary habits, raising awareness of the environmental importance of eating sustainable meat and fish.

The Axminster farm is the 'River Cottage HQ' but you may have seen the brand elsewhere in the West Country - there are four canteens, in Axminster, Bristol, Plymouth and Winchester. Their dedicated passion for food is evident in the wedding breakfast, and picturesque farmland presents a delightful wedding venue.


The River Cottage farm is hired on an exclusive-use basis, with various options for both small and larger wedding celebrations.


The celebrated farmhouse is ideal for intimate wedding parties.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 20 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 20 Guests

Threshing Barn

The threshing barn can accommodate 100 for a ceremony, and 64-100 for a wedding breakfast depending on the arrangement of tables. The barn can hold up to 120 reception party guests.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 100 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 64-100 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 120 Guests

Larger receptions can be accommodated with the installation of marquees - contact the River Cottage team to discuss options.

Wedding parties can hire the games package featuring outdoor bowling and a 'welly-toss' competition, the winner of which gets a souvenir welly signed by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall himself!


The River Cottage team pride themselves on their delectable cuisine, always locally-sourced and often from the farm itself. During their wedding planning, the bride and groom are invited to meet with one of the chefs where their menu will be created. Whatever the couple decide upon, they can be quite sure that it will be unashamedly mouthwatering, and of the highest quality.

Services that the catering team offer include traditional three-course wedding breakfasts, afternoon teas, accompaniments for wedding cakes, local cheeses and unique evening snacks.

The delicious food is perfectly complemented by arrays of local beverages and organic and biodynamic wines. The team can advise which drinks best accompany particular food selections.


There is no accommodation available at the farm, but there are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses within just a few miles of the venue. Get in touch with the team to find out more.

To contact this venue, simply use the details listed below.

River Cottage HQ
Trinity Hill Road
EX13 8TB


  • Kathy Barton

    We went for my daughter's Hen Do. From the very beginning we were impressed. Steve looked after us from start to finish. We could wander round the farm and all the buildings. It is so laid back and relaxed. Then we had our own chef Sam who cooked our meal and explained all the courses to us. It exceeded expectations. Truly amazing!

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