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“Excellent service!”

River Cottage Canteen
Ranked #4 of 36 Restaurants in Axminster
Price range: US$22 - US$51
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 19 June 2014

We were a group of 14 ladies celebrating a milestone birthday as a surprise for for a dear friend and were looked after very, very well by the waiting staff. they were all charming, professional and friendly, from the moment we arrived until we left.

My meal was a starter of Grilled mackerel fillet with pickled vegetables, grain mustard and dill dressing followed by Roast Cauliflower, spiced chickpeas & coriander, preserved lemons with crispy onions. Both were delicious. Some of the party felt that their side of steamed greens with garlic butter was too undercooked to eat - I finished it off and whilst it certainly would have benefited from a little more steaming, I love raw food so couldn't see it go to waste!!

Those who had chosen the Smoked Bath chaps enjoyed the dish but left rather a lot of the chunks of fat which had been in the dish. The waitress noticed this and showed the chef who immediately apologised and took the price of those dishes off of the bill. They hadn't complained so were very impressed (and grateful!)

Another very big plus for us was that unlike most restaurants, we were able to pay individually, just paying for what we had ordered at the till, the items being deleted as they were paid for. So simple and saving that awkward moment when people can end up contributing to other folks deserts, drinks etc if the bill is split between a group.

We are looking forward to returning with spouses before too long.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We went to this resturant last week for dinner. The previous evening we had a fantastic evening at River cottage H.Q.
We were surprised to see that the outside of the building looked a bit 'faded' and in need a face lift.
Also inside it was a bit muddly and sall things were irritating, the tables were sticky!! The loos were not that great and need upgrading!
Having said all this the staff were attentive and helpful and the food was good.
So one on Hugh give the place a facelift and smarten it up a bit!

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Thank Anndove
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We visited the canteen at lunch time during the week and found it to be busy but with no wait for a table. The staff were friendly and helpful offering suggestions on the menu and answered all our questions. We chose vegetable mezze board which was absolutely delicious. Full of fresh and interesting flavours. We then had a piece of cake each which again was flavoursome and moist. We were pleasantly surprised when the bill came and it was less than we had anticipated!! All in all our experience at river cottage canteen was a great one'!!

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Thank Helen B
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We live in Axminster and love The River Cottage Canteen so much we bring all our friends here each time they stay with us. One friend commented 'this is the tastiest food I've ever eaten'. The service is good and the food wonderful. Service staff are happy and on the ball. There is always a buzzy atmosphere and the music nights are so enjoyable and free!! We have also had fantastic nights at The River Cottage HQ.

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Thank Susan C
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

I took my husband to River Cottage Canteen for a birthday lunch. As he is a coeliac I emailed first to check it was a suitable place to eat, but I need not have worried as they were extremely helpful with pointing out which meals were gluten free, or ones which could be adapted for him. Gluten free bread is available too. It's good to see such a huge selection of locally sourced food and drinks on the menu. The food was excellent and very good value. Staff were attentive, friendly and happy! We had an extremely good lunch well worth the hours drive to get to Axminster.

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Thank Julie S
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