Hartingtons Cookery School in the heart of the Peak District is where visitors to Bakewell can participate in an artisan cookery course or attend one of their special food events.
- Take an artisan course
- Go to Brew School
- Go foraging
- Dine at Supper Club
Hartingtons Cookery School
Set up in 2010, Hartingtons is housed in a converted saw mill close to the centre of Bakewell. The school offers an extensive programme of courses both traditional and artisan. In addition to a busy calendar of special food events, Hartingtons also provide expert courses for people looking to set up food and drink related businesses.
Take An Artisan Course
Spend a day in the woods on the ‘Food Foraging & Cookery’ course learning how to find and identify edible plants, seeds, nuts, flowers and fungi that grow wild in the Peak District. On your return, watch a demonstration as they’re turned in to simple and exciting dishes. There’s also ‘Artisan Chocolate-Making’, a ‘Pork Pie and Piccalli’ course, ‘Sour-Dough Bread-Making’ and a ‘Cheese-Making’ course.
Go To Brew School
The school takes the art of brewing very seriously. It’s the place to come if you want to learn how to brew beer and set up your own microbrewery. The 3-day course includes sessions from Rob Evans, owner of the renowned Peak Ales Brewery on the Chatsworth Estate, and among others, master brewer Alex Barlow who designed and commissioned the new brewery for Purity in Warwickshire. The Craft Beer Brewing course is also very popular.
Be A Foodie Drinker
‘Foraged Drinks & Beverages’ will appeal to Foodie Drinkers. Start with a walk along the Monsal Trail then return to the school to make elderflower champagne and infuse vodka to create elderflower and gooseberry vodka. You’ll learn how to create nettle cordial, a wild spiced mulled wine, and a very British classic ‘Dandelion and Burdock’ cordial.
- The Cheese Lovers Weekend and Pork Pie Lovers Weekend are very popular so book well in advance
- The Gourmet Supper Club is a great way to meet people and taste your way through an extensive menu
- Visit in late April for the annual Bakewell Food Festival when Hartingtons opens its doors to visitors offering free demos
Piccalilli is a bright yellow relish that contains roughly chopped vegetables that are spiced with turmeric and mustard. It’s a British classic that can be traced back to 1758 and is traditionally served with pork pie and cold meats.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
The Devonshire Arms
Pilsley, Peak District
Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.
Rooms from £106 a night.
Sadly, not a doggy day out for me so please bring me back a new toy to play with.