River Cottage

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Coordinates: 50°46′59″N 2°45′04″W / 50.783°N 2.751°W / 50.783; -2.751 River Cottage HQ is based on the Devon / Dorset border near Axminster and is home to an award-winning Cookery School, a state of the art Chefs' School, unique dining experiences, events and weddings. The name is also used as a brand for some of Fearnley-Whittingstall's business ventures, including restaurants and products such as beer and yogurt. The original River Cottage was a former weekend and holiday home, originally a game-keeper's lodge in the grounds of Slape Manor, Netherbury, Dorset. Both locations have featured in a number of television series presented by television chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Television series[edit]

The River Cottage kitchen garden and farmhouse.

From 1998 it was used by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as a setting for three television series: Escape to River Cottage, Return to River Cottage and River Cottage Forever, in which viewers follow Hugh's adventures as a downsized smallholder.

In 2004 the River Cottage brand left the original holiday home to follow Hugh's progress as he set up a new business from old dairy buildings near Broadoak, Bridport, Dorset in the series Beyond River Cottage.[1] An additional series, The View from River Cottage, was a combination clip show and retrospective of the previous series.[2]

The 2005 series, River Cottage Road Trip, follows Hugh as he explores Dumfriesshire and Cumbria for regional recipes that he can bring back home.[3]

In 2006, the show would leave those buildings, then known as River Cottage H.Q., to move on to the Park Farm location near to Uplyme in Devon. Here at the new River Cottage H.Q., the team would film the 2006 series The River Cottage Treatment where Hugh would attempt to convert junk food lovers' eating habits.[4]

The 2007 series, River Cottage: Gone Fishing,[5] saw Hugh travel to fishing locations throughout the British Isles in order to promote the culinary benefits of sustainable fishing cultures.

In 2008, Channel 4 began broadcasting River Cottage Spring,[6] later followed up by River Cottage Autumn,[7] which shows Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall using home-grown produce in recipes. The series also tracks a group of families in Bristol who attempt to convert a large bramble patch into a small-holding, now known as Bramble Farm, growing vegetables, and rearing meat.[8] A four episode series River Cottage: Summer's Here began airing in June 2009.[9]

November 2009 saw the broadcasting of a new series titled River Cottage: Winter's on the Way, following Hugh as he grows, forages and cooks winter treats.[10]

In 2010 a new series titled River Cottage Every Day was released, each episode concerning the specific topics of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, breakfast, lunch, bread and treats.[11]

During the year 2011 Hugh released the series River Cottage Veg, documenting his experiences of giving up meat whilst learning about different vegetarian cooking styles.[12]

In July 2012, a new three-part series began on Channel 4, titled River Cottage: Three Go Mad.[13] Hugh was joined at Park Farm by three celebrities who wished to increase their knowledge on where their food comes from and how it gets from farm/sea to plate.

Other business ventures[edit]

River Cottage Canteen and Deli, Axminster

The River Cottage team has opened a Canteen and Deli in Trinity Square, Axminster, in a building that formerly housed the town's ballroom,[14] a local produce shop and informal restaurant. In November 2011, a second Canteen and Deli was opened in Plymouth, in the historic Royal William Yard and a third canteen was opened in Bristol in March 2013.[15] A fourth canteen opened in Winchester, in September 2014.[16]

In early February 2012, River Cottage's events barn was largely destroyed by a fire.[17] It has since been rebuilt.[18]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Released Audio Aspect Ratio Duration Number of Episodes Num of Discs
Escape To River Cottage 08/09/2003 Dolby Digital 2.0 4:3 Full Frame 2 hours 48 minutes 6 2
Return To River Cottage 19/04/2004 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 2 hours 28 minutes 6 2
River Cottage Forever 11/10/2004 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 3 hours 42 minutes 8 2
Beyond River Cottage 17/10/2005 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 4 hours 40 minutes 10 3
River Cottage Road Trip 02/10/2006 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 2 hours 5 minutes 2 1
River Cottage: Gone Fishing! 03/12/2007 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 2 hours 22 minutes 3 1
River Cottage: Spring 27/10/2008 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 3 hours 7 minutes 4 1
River Cottage: Autumn 12/10/2009 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 3 hours 11 minutes 4 1
River Cottage: Summer's Here 01/08/2011 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 3 hours 5 minutes 4 1
River Cottage: Winter's on the Way 17/10/2011 Dolby Digital 2.0 16:9 Anamorphic 3 hours 12 minutes 4 1

These DVDs are distributed by Channel 4 DVD.


  1. ^ Beyond River Cottage, 2004-10-21, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  2. ^ The View from River Cottage, 2005-06-10, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  3. ^ River Cottage Road Trip, 2000-01-01, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  4. ^ The River Cottage Treatment, 2006-11-02, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  5. ^ River Cottage: Gone Fishing!, 2007-11-08, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  6. ^ "River Cottage Spring - Telegraph". web.archive.org. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  7. ^ River Cottage Autumn, 2008-10-16, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  8. ^ "Television critic's choice - River Cottage Autumn (Channel 4) - Telegraph". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  9. ^ River Cottage: Summer's Here, 2009-06-03, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  10. ^ River Cottage: Winter's on the Way, 2009-10-19, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  11. ^ River Cottage Every Day (TV Series 2010– ), retrieved 2016-08-02 
  12. ^ "Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on why River Cottage has gone veggie". Radio Times, 2011-10-16. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-10-16/hugh-fearnley-whittingstall-on-why-river-cottage-has-gone-veggie
  13. ^ River Cottage: Three Go Mad, 2012-09-12, retrieved 2016-08-02 
  14. ^ http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/lifestyle/tn2-saturday/get-away/views-are-the-jewels-in-devon-s-crown-1-4495043
  15. ^ "River Cottage - Hugh uncovers the true extent of waste in a new series for BBC One". web.archive.org. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "River Cottage Canteen to open in Winchester this month (From Basingstoke Gazette)". basingstokegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall shocked by River Cottage fire - BBC News". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.rivercottage.net/about/latest-news/the-river-cottage-barn-is-back/

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