Well today, seeing as it’s snowing outside for the first time in a long time here, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about one of my favorite restaurants here in England. It’s called the River Cottage Canteen, which is located in Axminster, Devon. I have been to this fabulous restaurant twice now both times funny enough to celebrate birthdays–my own and my BF’s. River Cottage Canteen is the brainchild of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Hugh believes in serving only the freshest and most seasonal food to his clientele. It is truly an organic experience in a non granola crunching kind of way. The food is as local as it can be with coffee from the Dorset Coffee Company or lamb from the farm down the road.
The seating area is large and well lit with sunshine beaming from the rafters above. There are french doors leading to the nearby edible garden. Many large rustic wooden tables fill the room and each table has little pots of herbs. Attached to the Canteen itself is a small but wonderful larder shop. Here you can buy everything from yogurt made from Jersey cows to local cheeses and breads. It is so much fun to wander in there and have a browse and buy a few things after your meal.
It is truly an experience to be had at this restaurant, a place where you can truly savor well prepared fresh food knowing that it as local as it can possibly be. You can’t help but feel good and wholesome here. It could be the organic bread, the restaurant’s sense of ease and connectedness with all things around it, or that feeling you get when you know you’ve eaten great food and food that’s good for you. If you’re ever in the Axminster area, I highly recommend that you stop by and have your very own piece of foodie heaven. Your stomach and your food loving soul will be singing praises.
Ewe’s cheese available at the store
A butterfly came in from the garden!
My BF had the cheese plate for dessert, he loved it.
The front of the store and restaurant in Axminster
Inside the dining area
To find out more about this unique and ambitious restaurant, please see: River Cottage