Best Casual Dining & a superlative Sunday lunch at Riverford Field Kitchen

The experience of eating in The Riverford Field Kitchen is something to remember and it seems The Guardian and Taste of the West judges agree.  It’s been a celebratory month at the Field Kitchen, based near Totnes, with the team picking up the gold award for Best Casual Dining Restaurant at the Taste of the West awards this September.

The Field Kitchen’s philosophy is that food tastes better when you enjoy it with others, so guests share a table with fellow dinners whilst sharing a bountiful feast of up to 9 dishes over 3 courses. This unique style of communal dining impressed the judges.

They said of the win, “Riverford has a serious commitment to local, ethical and high quality food which shines through the lovely and well-presented food. The shared dining and set menus are a lovely way to eat seasonal and locally grown produce.”

To top off the celebrations, The Field Kitchen was also listed in The Guardian’s 50 Best Sunday Lunches Nationwide, where they commented, “Lunch is a superlative, multi-dish affair dictated by whatever was harvested that morning in the farm’s fields”.

Set on Riverford Organic Farm, the restaurant serves freshly-picked, seasonal produce grown in the surrounding fields. Riverford farmer and founder, Guy Watson, opened the restaurant in 2005 to give guests the chance to enjoy food cooked in the way his mother did when he was growing up on the farm.

The restaurant works creatively with the seasons so the menu changes daily. Example dishes include Beetroot, Fennel and Red Onion Salad with Blood Orange Dressing; Roast Pork Belly with Squash, White Beans and Kale; and Mushrooms Stuffed with Pecans, Ricotta and Spinach.

Booking is essential. Lunch (3 courses) costs £23.50 per person, and supper (3 courses) is £27.50 per person. To book call: 01803 762 074 or visit


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