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River Cottage Canteen

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New Commercial Inn Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN, England
+44 1297 631862
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Almunecar, Spain
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Having previously visited this restaurant, decided to take my mother as we were in Axminster. A disaster, starter forgotten, we were made to eat with main course which was dry and overcooked. Service appalling, eventually had to get up and ask will not be returning..... shame it had promise

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Thank kpinspain
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Menu was good with an excellent choice of local foods. Some items more on the expensive side but good quality. Sat in the restaurant in the back noticed cobwebs around the lights.

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Thank Julz T
Niton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a relaxed lunch at the Canteen in Axminster, love the canteen atmosphere. The food was delicious, however, we found the menu a bit limited and a little on the pricey side. However, we would definitely go again when passing, the overall experience was very enjoyable.

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Thank Maggie B
York, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to finally be going to a River Cottage venue, as we live a 4 hour drive away. We booked a table at 3pm - not knowing that only the front cafe was open at that time and the lunch menu had finished by then. This wasn't explained to us, rather it was announced by an unenthusiastic waitress... More 

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Thank VWaudby
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Late Booking for New Years Day Brunch - very relaxed and nice lunch followed by a (wet) walk around Lyme Regis

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Thank Mark W
English heartlands
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been wanting to visit one of the River Cottage cafes for some long time so was very excited to have the chance to drop into the Canteen at Axminster. After a very long drive, arrived there and easily found parking nearby (the town was very quiet!). The Canteen is dull and drab but full of 'industrial chic' style. No... More 

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Romsley
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had previously been to RC H.Q. last year and were amazed at the quality of food and dedication by the staff - so this year we booked a table for 4 in August for Friday Dec23rd - we were staying in the vicinity - River Cottage had sent us menu and asked us to pre-order(no probs) it was one... More 

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Thank Peter M
RCHQ, General Manager at River Cottage Canteen, responded to this review

Hello Peter, Thanks for such a lovely review and I’m so pleased you felt it was so relaxing and you enjoyed the food so much. We look forward to welcoming you again when you are next in Axminster. Thanks, Gemma, General Manager, River Cottage Canteen Axminster More 

London, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been coming here for years... It's always been really good for lunch, dinner, or a coffee. I also like the small bites. Everything changes according to the seasons so there's usually something new to try.

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Thank Jake F
RCHQ, General Manager at River Cottage Canteen, responded to this review

Hello Jake, Thank you for such a lovely review and I’m really pleased you enjoy the seasonal menu changes. Looking forward to seeing you again soon, thanks, Gemma, General Manager, River Cottage Canteen Axminster More 

Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We, a couple visiting from Australia were very excited to be having brunch on New Year's Day at River Cottage canteen. I'm not exaggerating when I say we have wanted to come here for years. We had booked a table and were sat in the front part of the restaurant, where it felt more like a casual coffee shop rather... More 

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1 Thank jem_s364
RCHQ, General Manager at River Cottage Canteen, responded to this review

Hi Jem, We’re really sorry for your recent experience, especially as you had such high expectations and were looking forward to the visit for so long. I will be letting the chef know about your experience and will be talking to the front of house staff about your comments as well. Please do accept my apologies as I can understand... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've wanted to go here ever since we saw it on the telly. The staff were all super friendly and without a hint of snobbery. The food was amazing and considering they could easily cash in on the river cottage brand, it was reasonably priced. Had a really wonderful time that neither of us will forget. We will certainly be... More 

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Thank Rich S
RCHQ, General Manager at River Cottage Canteen, responded to this review

Hi Rich, thank you for such a lovely review and we’re so pleased you had a lovely time. We hope to see you again soon, thanks Gemma, General Manager, River Cottage Canteen Axminster More 

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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?