Five more alternative cookery schools #8

Ashdown Manna Cookery School, Sussex

Lodgefield Farm and a barn converted into state-of-the-art kitchens provide the setting for this intimate and beautifully located school on the edge of Ashdown Forest. Experienced professional chefs run a variety of fun and informal classes from 10am to 4pm, which include baking, Pan-Asian, Italian and game as well as something for kids and parents cooking together. Courses include food, drink and recipes.

New Forest Cookery School, Hampshire

Brockenhurst College is set in 27 acres of National Park, housing industry-standard kitchens where professional chefs provide expert tuition in bread-making, chocolate, and dinner party hosting. There are master-classes in fish and game as well as 30-week certified courses for those looking to seriously develop their culinary skills.

Woolsgrove Cookery School, Crediton, Devon

Gretchen Oldland’s pristine but homely purpose-built kitchen is located within the courtyard of Woolsgrove Farm, her 17th-century listed farmhouse. She plays host to some refreshingly different classes, including those that focus on health and nutrition, fusion food and now Let’s Do Lunch with Bradbury’s kitchen showroom and cookery demonstrations showcasing Miele appliances.

Robyn’s Nest Cookery School, Swords Co. Dublin

From their immaculate purpose-built kitchens, the team promise to bring you the best in home cooking via regular seasonal courses, sugar craft tuition and 6 week ‘Dinner Dates’ – dinner party classes run by resident master chef, John Dowd. There are also Friday Night Supperclubs, Saturday Kitchens and Budding Cooks for 10-16 year-olds.

Source Sligo Cookery School, Sligo

Contemporary Irish restaurant, Source, runs informal cookery courses from its modern kitchen above the dining room. Local produce is used in classes such as vegetarian, bread-making, Thai and Moroccan. Most classes cost around the €40 mark, while a Junior Chef  class is about €30 per day.

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