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The River Cottage Canteen, Winchester

Hugh’s River Cottage Canteen Winchester is located in the stunningly converted grade II listed Abbey Mill building in Abbey Mill Gardens just off the Broadway in Winchester city centre.

“As a beautiful and vibrant city, close to the West Country and already boasting a wonderful local food culture centering around its great farmer’s market, Winchester is an obvious location for a River Cottage Canteen. And the fantastic building we are moving into was the clincher. It’s such a special a place, right in the heart of the city. I can’t imagine a better location from which to showcase the fantastic fare from the region’s finest producers.” said Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

The Canteen offers a combination of freshly prepared seasonal, local, organic and wild food, on a regularly changing menu, in the relaxed ambience of the restaurant. There is a separate bar area offering a selection of local cider, beer, River Cottage seasonal cocktails, coffees, cakes and snacks throughout the day and evening time. Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.20.59

It’s in River Cottage’s nature to source the very best ingredients: seasonal, local, organic and wild. The menu showcases the very best produce available from the surrounding area. Everything is prepared here on the premises by Head chef Mark Price, overseen by Hugh and his team. All their meat comes from local farms that produce free range or organic meat to the highest welfare standards.

Fish and shellfish come from West Country day boats and other sustainable sources in the South West. If fish choices are sometimes limited it is because the Chefs are rigorous in only choosing what they believe to be sustainable. Most vegetables and fruit used are grown within 50 miles of Winchester. The Canteen supports Hugh’s War on Waste, and are reducing their waste and wider environmental impact. From the outset of River Cottage, the intention was to create sites that are low carbon, low energy and consider carefully the various issues of sustainability and are pleased to say that they send absolutely nothing to landfill. Phil and the team offer a very warm Winchester welcome! A beautiful restaurant in Winchester.

Opening hours

Tues –Sat 11.00am – 10.30pm
Sun Midday – 4pm

For reservations please visit their website – – or call 01962-457747.