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New Commercial Inn Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN, England
+44 1297 631862
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Surrey
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had high hopes thanks to the River Cottage pedigree. The nibbles were nice (houmous and flatbread, pork crackling and rhubarb). The mains were the disappointment - overly complicated explanations in the menu for what were pretty standard dishes. Chuck steak rather chewy. Puddings were good, especially the selection of sorbets and ice creams, the salted caramel truffles and the... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate at River Cottage Canteen on Wednesday to try out something a bit different. We were served by a lovely waitress who explained the menu which oddly displayed numbers only beside the dishes with no £ signs. We chose the tapas, 3 dish choices to share with a variety of cheeses and fries. The homous with hazelnut ducca was... More 

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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has great food ethics, which is what drew us here in the first place. The menu is small because it's all freshly cooked on-site. I had a medium rare steak and it was excellent. My wife had a roasted squash salad and she very much enjoyed that, too, but at £20 for the steak and £10.50 for the... More 

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Petworth, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us turned out to eat here for dinner and between us we covered the regular meat eaters, vegetarians and a vegan. First thing you notice is that the décor is a cross between a large army canteen and a soup kitchen. Now to my mind that is not a bad thing as it was a relaxed atmosphere... More 

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East Garston, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A pleasant meal marred by forgetful and indifferent service. Shame, could be so much better with attention to front of house. Not doing the brand much good.

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Kent
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Axminster and I was really excited about going to the River Cottage canteen for breakfast but what a disappointment! The staff were unfriendly and when the breakfast came the sausages were tasteless the bacon was average and it's all served on top of 1 slice of dry toast, when we asked for butter they acted like... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great in-season fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere. Once I was sat down I didn't want to move! The crunchy pork strips (can't remember what they're called on the menu) are to die for.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Met a friend for lunch as it was an hour journey for both of us. Good choice! We both chose fish and chips and we weren't disappointed. Food was hot and fresh - tartare sauce was very tasty. Staff helpful and friendly. Dessert choice very ice cream based which wasn't great for a cold day! But we did find something... More 

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Lymington
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really glad we booked online the day before as i dont think we would have got a table as the restaurant was very busy. We had the pork cracking and hummus for starters,pollock and chips,sausage and celeriac mash for our mains very tasty,good value for money and you get 10% discount from the deli for eating in the restaurant,friendly staff... More 

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Thank Michael G
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went in to have lunch and to buy some gluten free bread . none on sale and the menu offered practically nothing for coping with a gluten free diet. The general attitude was indifference. and given the River cottage brand name , perhaps someone should suggest to more senior management of the company this establishment is damaging to it's brand.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$51
Cuisine
British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: New Commercial Inn Trinity Square, Axminster EX13 5AN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Axminster
  • Phone Number: +44 1297 631862

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?