Kent Cookery School

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Basic Ingredients: What better home for this culinary sanctuary than the ‘Garden of England‘ which seems to be enjoying a foodie revolution at the moment spearheaded by the likes of Rocksalt in Folkestone. Founded by Stephanie and Douglas Wanstall, The Secret Garden comprises an award-winning restaurant, bakery, pantry and events catering outfit as well as a cookery school which, in its own ‘shabby chic’ style, offers the ‘best of outside in’. Courses in the purpose-built kitchen tend to reflect the setting and time of year with A Seasonal Taste of Kent, Fergus the Forager and Farmhouse Cooking to name but a few. The school’s monthly course calendar is impressively varied and easy to view and includes weekend courses for kids, bread baking and Canapes and Cocktails. Most classes accommodate 12 and cost a reasonable £99 for approximately six hours.

They say: Cooking has become an increasingly popular passion and hobby for many people and the best way to learn and improve your skills is to watch how the professionals do it and to have a go yourself.

We say: The school, which boasts cracking views beyond its cobbled courtyard and over its large Victorian walled garden, is linked in to an excellent network of local producers providing it with fresh seasonal produce. A course here promises to be an education in how to respectfully prepare the very best of ingredients. There are good B&Bs to stay nearby.


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Contact: Kent Cookery School, Mersham-le-Hatch Business Village, Hythe Road, Ashford, Kent TN25 5NH
01233 501586;

6 comments about Kent Cookery School

  1. Mrs Walton says:

    I attended the Italian Food cookery course on Monday 7th November between 3-6pm. It cost £35 and was a complete waste of time. It consisted of Tomato Sauce with Gnocchi and Stuffed Loin of Pork. There was no question when booking to find out the applicant’s dietary requirements. A very poor ‘cookery course’

  2. Sarahjohnson says:

    I attended a Preparing for Christmas Course and I had a wonderful day. We planned and prepared an Xmas Lunch, made different types of mince pies, made a Xmas Chutney, and some great spiced traditional pork pies ready for boxing day. I had a great day, enjoyed the company and the setting was wonderful. Highly recommended.

  3. Janie says:

    Do you offer courses that focus specifically on bread making? If so, please provide me with your course time table and costs.
    Much appreciated
    Janie Rorke

  4. Jackie Smith says:

    I attended a fish cookery day in April this year. I had a lovely day overcoming all sorts of fears of handling fish, cleaning and preparation. Our chef was helpful, instructive and patient and I came away feeling so much more confident. I would recommend it to anyone. 10 out of 10!

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