Tuesday, 8 May 2018

River Cottage Canteen & Kitchen Trinity Square Axminster 8th May 2018

I was invited to River Cottage food fair at the end of May, which sadly did not coincide with my week in nearby Lyme Regis, so I booked lunch at their Canteen in Axminster instead, as it was not convenient to travel back down at the end of the month.

I really liked the interior, modern, light and bright, with lots of wood, well spaced tables and chairs, with a very relaxed chilled atmosphere and an open plan kitchen.

There are clearly labelled vegan options on the menu, with really creative dishes that sound amazing and even better there is a grand sounding dessert and it is not sorbet.

I was impressed with the range of wines, ciders and beers, all clearly labelled if vegan friendly, so easy to make a choice and a glass of Chateau du Donjon Rose was a fine wine to start, with a bowl of olives to nibble on.

I ordered carrot, nigella and preserved lemon soup with spiced oil, served with sourdough, it was really delicate and ideal for a summers day, absolutely delicious.

I decided on a vegan mezze for mains, as I wanted to try more vegetable dishes, most of them out of Much More Veg, my latest recipe book purchase by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.   I had chips with thyme and sea salt, organic houmous with hazelnut dukka and rye crackers, fennel rhubarb and apple salad with chilli and lemon dressing and roast carrots, beetroots and onions.

I loved the simplicity of the dishes, but the flavours were far from simple, the dishes could have been bland, but these were well seasoned, perfectly cooked, packed with flavour and made for an awesome mezze plate.   I was especially surprised by the salad, who would think to put fennel, rhubarb and apple in a dish, yet it worked brilliantly.

Who could resist chocolate truffle torte, caramel sauce and cashew cream, well not me even though I was pretty full, it was too good to pass on and what a good decision that turned out to be.

The dessert was scrumptious, full on chocolatey and with caramel sauce and cream, one of the best puddings I have eaten in a long time.

Overall I thought River Cottage Canteen was a great place and with their attention to detail for vegans, with lots of tasty choices, I would highly recommend it.

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