Riverford’s travelling field kitchen

Gordon Ramsay said he “knew it would be good, but not that good”, Giles Coren described it as “the lunch of his life” and Observer readers voted it the “Best Ethical

Riverford's Travelling Field Kitchen

inside the yurt

Restaurant”. Under Jane Baxter, the Field Kitchen’s championing of seasonal vegetables, shared dishes and an affordable set menu has turned out to be a phenomenal success. The obvious thing would be to open another restaurant further East, but cash is tight and I hate doing the obvious so we have gone into the woods, cut some ash and fashioned a giant Mongolian-style tent (yurt) and made tables and benches for 80; the Field Kitchen is coming to a field near you this summer.

We are going on the road, complete with a tent-dwelling team of chefs, waiters and pot washers. We will pitch up at Freightliners City Farm in Islington from 10-20th June, Mole End Farm in Kent from 19-29th August and Bristol from 2-12th September, as well as our other sister farms, WOMAD and the Abergavenny Food Festival on the way.

The yurt is a beautiful structure; snug with a woodburning stove for cool evenings but, with removable sides, open enough to enjoy an alfresco lunch should we get a summer. The menu will reflect what is seasonal and growing in the fields around. We are not vegetarian (though there is an option) but often convert even the most avid carnivore to the joy of vegetables. Jane describes her cooking as “gutsy and no nonsense”. Portions are generous and the service relaxed and leisurely. Bring a group of friends and book a table (10) or make up a shared table. We also hope to run cookery classes and workshops. To book, call 0845 367 1155 or 01803 762062.

New website 12th may

Our new-look website is unveiled on Wednesday 12th May. It has been designed to make it easier for you to shop and manage your account. It will also give you a better sense of where and how your veg is grown and more help with using it in the kitchen. Expect more pictures of the farm and of course plenty of recipes. We hope you find it easy to use, but if you get stuck we’ll be manning the phones for longer to help; call us on 0845 600 2311 or 01803 762059.

5 responses to “Riverford’s travelling field kitchen

  1. Julian Summerhayes

    Great to see you are getting some further national recognition. Where’s Mr Ramsay’s plate of food then? Can’t wait to see what the new website will bring. You should get your own uTube or Vimeo TV channel; how awesome would that be. Keep Tweeting; the follower count will rise and rise.

    Best wishes
    Julian

  2. We live in Hertfordshire and had never heard of Riverford, let alone their field kitchen – until friends of ours from Dartington suggested we met them for our annual get together lunch (we visit Devon every spring for a week for all sorts of reasons) at the `’Field Kitchen”. All I can say is Wow! Wow! and more Wow! I am a fussy eater but I absolutely loved every single dish we had for lunch on Tuesday 4 May. Brilliant value too. So much gorgeous food to eat, I only had a glass of wine for supper! If the kitchen is pitching up anywhere near you, it is well worth every penny to visit & eat there. I am only sorry we will not be able to visit the Islington pitch in June due to other commitments. I bought the cookery book and am really looking forward to experimenting with veggies I have never cooked before. And by the way, I am not a vegetarian either – the veal dish we had with all those wonderful veggies was superb! Thank you Riverford – see you again next spring!

  3. My wife & I have just visited the Real food festival at Earlscourt .In the past years we had always had the trouble on what to eat & where,this year we decided to dine at your field kitchen,I had the lamb, my wife had the chicken.Both tasted great. The veg tasted so good.The queues and numbers eating there must be a testament to your success.hope to see you there next year

  4. The yurt looks wonderful. Please consider the End of The Road Festival for 2011 – it’s a wonderful ) music festival in Dorset and prides itself on the quality of its (usually organic) food. Have eaten at the Field Kitchen and look forward to trying the yurt. I write a local ‘foodie’ themed blog covering South Devon and Cornwall, so feel free to look me up – or invite me to try out the yurt!

  5. Hi
    We visited the Travelling Kitchen is Cheshire last night and had the most amazing night, blogged it here, hope you like 🙂
    http://moregeous.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/life-riverford-travelling-kitchen-yurt-organic-restaurant/
    x

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