Best Hotels With Cookery Schools
You can cook and stay at these luxury hotels and gourmet boltholes around the country. They’re home to some of the UK’s best cookery schools. All come equipped with state-of-the art kitchens and the latest shiny cooking gadgets. Culinary heaven on a plate for budding chefs looking to acquire new skills and tricks.
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Swinton Park Hotel
Masham, Yorkshire, England
Housed in a converted Georgian stable block is Swinton Park’s renowned cookery school. Pick your produce from the hotel’s 4-acre kitchen garden and learn to cook with Cookery School Tutor, Kevin Hughes. On the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, a stay at this exclusive luxury castle hotel is very fine indeed. With award-winning food and a new spa, it offers one of the best gourmet breaks for food lovers in the country.
Rooms from £110 a night.
Angela Gray Cookery School
Hensol, Cardiff, Wales
Set in the Glamorgan countryside, Llanerch Vineyard is also home to Angela Gray’s Cookery School. Romantic cooks will love its idyllic setting among the vines. Angela is one of the big names on the Welsh food scene. You’ll see her in the demo kitchen at the annual Abergavenny Food Festival held in September. The emphasis at her cookery school is on relaxed and informal courses for small groups. Stay at Llanerch vineyard and treat yourself to one of Angela’s masterclasses.
Rooms from £80 per night
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Lainston House isn’t just an elegant 17th-century country house hotel in Winchester standing in 63 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland. Located in the grounds, you’ll also find the Season Cookery School which uses produce from the hotel’s kitchen garden. The course line up is both varied and inspiring. You can learn to cook traditional Hampshire fayre, master chocolate with a former UK chocolate master or do a Japanese masterclass.
Rooms from £156 a night
New Milton, Hampshire, England
Chewton Glen is an impressive 5-star country house hotel with an award-winning restaurant, spa, gym and outdoor pool set in over 160 acres of Hampshire countryside. Its latest addition is a newly-opened cookery school. Learn to cook with celebrity chef, James Martin; an impressive line-up of guest chefs or the mastermind behind the cookery school, Chef Tutor, Rob Cottam. Much of the cookery school’s fruit and veg comes from the hotel’s own kitchen garden.
Rooms from £285 a night.
Lucknam House Hotel and Spa
Colerne, near Bath, Somerset
Master new techniques at Lucknam Park’s Cookery School. As you’d expect at this spectacular country-house hotel outside Bath, it’s all state-of-the-art. Both full and half-day courses are on offer. The ‘Michelin Star Cooking at Home’ course takes you through the history of Michelin before creating a gourmet 3-course menu under the guidance of your tutor. Afterwards, enjoy some relaxation in the spa or go for a walk around the 500-acre estate.
Rooms from £290 a night.
Pershore, Worcestershire, The Cotswolds, England
Perfect your cookery skills on a 260-acre working farm in the Cotswolds. Eckington Manor’s state-of-the-art cookery school has courses to suit all levels. With a strong farm-to-table ethos, produce from the farm and local area – including Aberdeen Angus beef and Worcestershire asparagus – is used in both the cookery school and restaurant. Accommodation is 5 star luxury with contemporary rooms all located within 3 converted farm buildings.
Rooms from £129 a night.
Southrup, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, England
The Southrup Manor Estate is straight out of a glossy magazine. Its peaceful countryside setting is home to a luxury hotel but also a state-of-the-art cookery school. Learn to cook overlooking the Olive Garden and, after a day in the kitchen, join your classmates for a drink in The Swan, the hotel’s village pub.
Rooms from £310 a night.
Langho, Lancashire, England
Nigel Haworth’s Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in the Lancashire countryside is also home to Northcote’s smart cookery school. Northcote’s cookery courses range from a 5-day practical diploma course for intermediate chefs, to bread-making classes, bespoke days and special events with guests. Book well ahead to do a masterclass with Nigel himself.
Rooms from £230 a night.
Kinloch Lodge and Restaurant
Isle of Skye, Ross-shire, Scotland
Some of Scotland’s finest food, roaring fires, whisky on tap and giant beds. But that’s not all you’ll find at this remote gourmet hotel on the Isle of Skye. Soak up the peaceful location. Feast your eyes on the stunning views. Dine in the Michelin-starred restaurant but, afterwards, step into the kitchen with chef, Marcello Tully. He gives bespoke cookery classes to guests. Failing that, sit at the chef’s table and watch the action through a glass panel.
Rooms from £218 a night.