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Riverford Field Kitchen

Muddy says: Love your food miles to be SMALL and your flavours to be BIG? You’ll love Riverford’s award-winning sharing menu, served up in the bucolic setting of their flower and herb-filled Field Kitchen near Buckfastleigh.

Like your meals out to have a whacking-great helping of organic and sustainability on the side? Get yourself to Riverford Field Kitchen for farm-to-fork fare grown on Devon’s Riverford farm, garden and polytunnel – just a stone’s throw from the kitchen. The food is sooo seasonal, the menu changes not just from spring to summer, but daily depending on what’s ready to pick. And with masses of home-grown on the menu, there’s loads for veggies and flexitarians – with Mondays devoted to meat-free, and Fish Friday for sustainably line-caught fishies from Helston’s estuary.

Muddy adores the relaxed flower-strewn setting, where you don’t even have to choose from a menu – they do the thinking for you, serving up a set menu of six to eight dishes at each sitting. Knowledgeable friendly waiting staff give you the low-down on each dish, and deliver it on piled-high platters to your table. It’s a sharing menu for you divvy up between you – so perfect for big families and groups – for a sociable food-tastes-better-together vibe.

When you’ve finished scoffing, check out the polytunnel brimful of tomatoes and herbs, take a farm tour or book yourself on a  course, for a behind-the-scenes workshop which will have you cooking and growing like it’s The Good Life in just a few blissful email-free hours. Your conscience – and your tastebuds – will thank you for it.

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