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River Cottage Suprise.


As part our thirty-year wedding anniversary celebration, Caroline has taken me on a magical mystery tour of Devon.The big surprise was a visit to River Cottage Farm, made famous by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Channel 4 program. They run two and four day cooking course as well as intensives for chefs. Caroline took us both on the “one day experience”. There is always some apprehension with something like this that it will be overly commercialised, but our fear evaporated quickly. It was a really very special day and I would recommend it to anyone with interest in sustainability, food, country living( and pig butchering if that’s your thing). Over the course of the day we foraged for blackberries, wild sorrel, hazelnuts, picked zucchini flowers, herbs tomatoes etc.This was all taken back to the chef to include in the dinner. From there is was bread making , learning to fillet fish and dissect a chicken, make a puff pastry dessert and finally how to cure bacon. Then 20 of us sat down to dinner and ate the lot.



We stayed at Spillers Farm B&B, run by the delightful Keith and Bridget( pictured below). Keith is an East London escapee who fell in love with the country and now raises organic pigs and chicken and makes the best sausages and bacon you’ll ever eat. Bridget runs keep it all on the rails and its again a highly recommended place to stay.


6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mark Rivett #

    rock on……looks like you are having fun by the bucket loads…….!!!

    September 22, 2013
  2. Paulus Berensohn #

    Wonderful to hear about your delicious day in Devon. Caroline looks totally beautiful in the photo of her. you look smug. the bread looks mouth watering. CONGRATULATIONS AND LOVE FOR YOUR ANNIVERSARY. Paulus

    September 22, 2013
  3. Adriana Palamara #

    Lovely pics Neil and Caroline. That mystery anniversary holiday sounds like my italian peasant grandparents hard at work. Congratulations!

    September 22, 2013
  4. Tanya #

    Wow! Looks like you guys are in Hog Heaven!

    Happy Anniversry!!! Enjoy!

    September 22, 2013
  5. Hi Neil & Caroline
    Absolutely wonderful. Looking forward to the day when River Cottage, Central Tilba, compares favourably. As you know, just around the corner from our plot. Maybe for the 50th! Pete & Gab

    September 22, 2013
    • Hi Peter( and Gab)..on our day course was a nice woman who is the producer of River Cottage Australia…we talked about you( I didn’t know you were that close though) and she said she was happy to arrange a visit…perhaps you already have? Most importantly:who doe one barrack for between Hawthorn and Freemantle. The umpires? cheers Neil

      September 23, 2013

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