We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

River Cottage Canteen

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
New Commercial Inn Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN, England
+44 1297 631862
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,944 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,938: English reviews
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here with my sister - we were attending one of the cookery courses at River Cottage HQ and when it came to it found we had eaten far too much during the day to feel hungry, so I had a starter of pear, kale, squash and cranberries and she had a hallomi and beets salad with walnuts. Both really... More 

Helpful?
Thank Helen T
Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely tasting food - esp the vegetables and generous amount of tasty beef. A relaxing, chilled out and unpretentious atmosphere was ideally suited for our occasion and the attentive, friendly staff deserve a special thanks too. Will hope to visit again soon! jo

Helpful?
Thank joanneA9312IE
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner was delicious we both had 3 courses and every course was perfect. Quick service, friendly staff.

Helpful?
Thank Amelia P
Great Missenden, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, it is a much larger restaurant than I had imagined. I'd always pictured it in my mind as quite small but it isn't and the tables are nicely spaced; you are not crammed in. It is not a fine dining restaurant with plush table clothes and silver cutlery but from watching Hugh on TV you would imagine this restaurant... More 

Helpful?
Thank Adrian U
The Hague, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a week-night meal with a small group of colleagues at the River Cottage Canteen last week. I came with raised expectations, as locals had told me about the philosophy of the place, as well as the creative cooking that was supposedly happening here. I was disappointed - the food (hummus with pita bread, salad of red cabbage &... More 

Helpful?
Thank Trickysnake
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What is there not to love about this place? Evening dinner is served at the back - so you go pass the kitchen....we got 2 hello's for the staff as they worked. Our servicer was excellent giving us time to choose and answering all our question reference ingredients with knowledge but without it being forced or us feeling 'sold' too.... More 

Helpful?
Thank jo t
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I arrived on a filthy night in November. Don't be misled by the empty tables at the front of the restaurant, the food is all being served at the back. Glad we'd booked, it was very busy, so busy that despite it only being 8:00pm, they had run out of steak. I don't mind them offering a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lucas K
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked here for a birthday party for my dad's 70th . 8 of us a la carte and we're excited having looked at reviews and menu's. We all ordered a range of different courses and were sadly disappointed. Venue: Great relaxed open area tastefully decorated, deli at front and promised much as we walked passed the open kitchen and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Mark M
RCHQ, General Manager at River Cottage Canteen, responded to this review

Hi Mark, Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry you felt the food was slightly disappointing. I will raise your points with our head chef and I hope you decide to give us another try. Thanks, Gemma, General Manager, River Cottage Canteen Axminster More 

Windsor
Level Contributor
38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yet another great evening made successful by the attentive staff and wonderfully sourced food on the latest delicious menu. There were 3 veggie mains and are some new smaller plates - so good I took 2 or those instead of the main. Crab and Fennel was delicious. The service from Gemma, Rachel and Miranda was second to none - the... More 

Helpful?
Thank MarinaandStuart
RCHQ, General Manager at River Cottage Canteen, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for such a lovely review. We look forward the seeing you again next time, Gemma and the rest of the team at River Cottage Canteen Axminster More 

Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought we treat ourselves to a lunch here underwhelmed. Mum had a polenta and mushrooms, the polenta had no flavour, also the chard stalks needed chopping more, my ewes cheese salad was fine. Would also help if the menu told you if dishes were suitable for vegetarians. The prices for drinks (non alcoholic) seemed abit steep. Water was given for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Emma F

Travellers who viewed River Cottage Canteen also viewed

 
Axminster, Devon
 

Been to River Cottage Canteen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$51
Cuisine
British, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: New Commercial Inn Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Axminster
  • Phone Number: +44 1297 631862

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of River Cottage Canteen and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
4 months ago
Honiton, United Kingdom
over a year ago
Honiton, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from River Cottage Canteen staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?