The Old Dairy Kitchen is an educational kitchen and community dining space based on Trill Farm in East Devon. Created as one of Trill Farm’s Common Enterprises in 2014, it is a small independently run restaurant, teaching cookery skills, serving weekly meals and producing a range of products using ingredients from the farm’s cultivated and wild larder.


The Old Dairy Kitchen is run by Chris Onions. He is a classically trained chef from Islay, Scotland and has worked in kitchens from Australia to Norway. Before arriving at Trill, Chris spent three years in Sweden offering care and training for a variety of disadvantaged groups as part of a Care Farm Cooperative. This project provided him with a new vision and vital training on how cooking and the garden can be used for rehabilitation and practical learning. On return to the UK, Chris became sous chef and tutor at Trill’s neighbouring farm, River Cottage HQ, where the sourcing of local and organic ingredients strengthened Chris’s belief that chefs must take responsibility for the social and environmental effects their cooking has both locally and as part of the food system as a whole.

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