Anna and I are Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall fans — big time. We can watch a whole series (or more) of River Cottage on 4od in one sitting. It’s embarrassing. We often refer to the man behind River Cottage on a first name basis, as though we share saucepans with him:
“What shall we have for dinner tonight?”
“How about Hugh’s nettle gnocchi?”
“How do you reckon I should cook this saddle of venison?”
“I don’t know, check with Hugh.”
So you can imagine the heart palpitations and buckets of anxious sweat when Anna told me that the River Cottage team tweeted for bands to play at their River Cottage Canteen in Axminster. Anna responded in a flash, and a date was set. Having followed the progress of the River Cottage project from the beginning, a trip to the River Cottage Canteen promised to be a kind of pilgrimage for us.