Here is some useful information about visiting The Riverford Field Kitchen; please take the time to read it especially if this is your first visit:-
Booking really is essential
We only prepare and cook the amount of food for the number of people that are coming, so you need to book your places at the table in advance (be sure to tell us of how many adults, children (3-12yrs) and infants (under 3 yrs) make up your total party and if you need any high chairs. Once booked, please keep in touch if your numbers change.
**Please note that for all parties over 6 in size we require a deposit payment of £10pp to secure your booking. Many thanks.**
We will do our best to cater for your special requests, please let us know in advance. Special requests can’t be guaranteed.
How to find us
We are located on Riverford’s Wash Farm, Devon TQ11 0JU off the A384 that links Buckfastleigh with Totnes. The turn you are looking for is NOT for the Farm Shop, but instead the black industrial lorry sign marked “Riverford Organic”. For detailed directions click here. If you get lost please do give us a call on 01803 762074.
Arriving at the field kitchen
Once on site, please be aware that this is a working farm and there are speed limits in place for your own safety. Make your way to the Visitor Car Park and from there follow the signs on foot for the Field Kitchen. If you have buggies or prams, you can follow the signs for ‘office visitors’ to approach the Field Kitchen from behind and avoid most of the steps.
Limited disabled parking is located directly at the back of the Field Kitchen, please give us a call if you would like to park here; it isn’t easy to find, so we need to talk you through it.
Punctuality, a polite note
The nature of the Field Kitchen means that the whole dining room is served together. Please do your best to be on time, otherwise it can hold up service for others. We ask that for lunch you need to arrive between 12:30 and 12:45 (on Sundays between 12:00 and 12:15 OR 15:30 for 15:45) and for supper you need to arrive between 19:00 and 19:15. Why not arrive early and enjoy some conversation, a few drinks and perhaps a look round the herb garden and nearby fields. Thanks for your support with this.
We don’t have one. Just be yourself and wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We like muddy shoes and smiley faces!
Wet Weather Caution: The approach to the Field Kitchen can be quite uneven, wet and muddy. For safety, we recommend sensible footwear. (Ladies, you can always change into your nice shoes once you are inside!)
Self-guided farm walk
You are very welcome to borrow a map, MP3 player, speakers and take a walk round the farm before lunch or supper. We can even lend you wellington boots. We recommend you allow about 1.5 hours to do the full walk, but you could always reduce the length of the walk to suit you. Sensible footwear and clothing is essential if doing a tour as the ground on a working farm will be uneven (and muddy!) and the weather can be changeable.
Guided tour – Tuesdays & Thursdays (April to October)
Guided Farm Tours can usually be booked April to October for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays – but please call us about other days, just in case. Tours are lead our gardening expert Penny Hemming. For Lunch bookings the tour start time is 11:00 and for Supper bookings (June-August only) the tour start time is 17:00. The guided tour is £7 per person, min group 5 people. but we will take smaller groups at a minimum cost of £35. If you would like to book please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 762074.
We kindly ask that all accounts are settled before departure. We accept all major debit and credit cards (excluding American Express), cheques or cash. A service charge is not included, gratuities for the team are totally at your discretion.
And finally: what to expect – a reminder
We are sure you have already understood the Field Kitchen concept, either via our website or from the friend that recommended you, but here’s a reminder just in case. We are a unique, relaxed, family-friendly restaurant serving seasonal produce mainly from our own farms. The menu is set, changes daily and is without choice - you are in the hands of the chef. There is always a meat dish, but the vegetables are the star of the show. The dishes are served to the table to pass around and share. Tables are farmhouse style that seat 8 people and you are likely to be sitting alongside people you don’t know, but this is half the fun. If it's your first visit to a 'shared dining' restaurant be brave and enjoy it; we are sure you will love it and want to come again and again!