View From River Cottage

January 2021

S1 Ep6

4.0 2 x
Hugh reflects that sharing fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce with both family and friends has become the cornerstone of the River Cottage experience. Whether it's group-netting mackerel the traditional way or promoting Dorset's finest through his very own tomato festival, Hugh has long since been an advocate of the f...

S1 Ep5

4.0 3 x
Hugh looks back on his experiences of bagging 'one for the pot', whether it's the rabbits that are eating his lettuces, or a roe deer, which he spit roasts for a local wedding feast.

S1 Ep4

4.0 1 x
Hugh looks back at the part played by wild food over six years of Dorset downshifting. From the outset, the hedgerow larder played a vital part in his smallholder experiment, not only topping up his kitchen with a regular supply of free ingredients - from leafy Spring greens like nettles and watercress, to delicious autumn...

S1 Ep3

3.0 1 x
Continuing his retrospective assessment of the vital elements of rural life, Hugh looks back on his ever-increasing commitment to sourcing his food locally. It is not just about quality and taste, he concludes. The search for the best local food can lead you to all sorts of escapades and adventures. From plundering the sea...

S1 Ep2

3.0 1 x
Hugh looks back at first seven years in Dorset, and all the lessons he has learnt about how to be thrifty on his small holding. From learning to make felt from his sheep's fleeces to trying to revive traditions of tripe eating at the local farmers market, Hugh's determined that no part of his precious live stock should eve...

S1 Ep1

4.0 3 x
Hugh kicks things off by examining the importance of growing your own produce, including the satisfaction of rearing meat and nurturing fruit and vegetables. Hugh's journey down the road of self-sufficiency started out with a modest vegetable patch and a handful of animals, but the joys of gardening and husbandry took hold...