The Woodspeen

Welcome to The Woodspeen Cookery School. Founded by chef John Campbell, our school is located in west Berkshire, in a farm building dating back to 1811. Following a sympathetic renovation project, we opened our cosy, state-of-the-art cookery school – and home to The Chef’s Table – in 2014.

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Summer pudding

Summer Pudding

Perfect pudding for a summer's day.

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Exciting times ahead…..

From late July we will be making some exciting changes to our cookery school, read more here.

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What We Do

We host demonstrations, wine tastings, seasonal events, private dining at The Chef’s Table, and a variety of hands-on courses designed to enhance the skills of amateur cooks and beginners alike.

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Seasonal Dinner Party

Our next course is a Summer course on the 1st June. Find out how to plan and prepare a perfect, stress-free dinner party, delighting your guests with some very tasty dishes. We’ll focus on simple yet creative festive ideas, with recipes, pre-dinner planning notes and a time-plan to make sure your dinner party is memorable for all the right reasons.

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Our butchery course is very hands on, we believe that a good understanding of traditional butchery skills give the cook an advantage for getting the most out of each cut.

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Pastry and Desserts

Who can resist the smell of freshly baked sweet buns or out of the oven biscuits? Those with a sweet tooth or just a love of baking, this course is for you. We believe traditional cakes, biscuits and desserts are at the heart of good home cooking. Desserts are where you can really impress your guests and we will show you not only how to make but clever presentation techniques to wow your dinner party guests.

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An Introduction to Game

We are in the heart of the Game country - using some of Berkshire’s finest produce we’ll show you how to prepare and cook various types of game, highlighting its versatility and health benefits. From pies to pave's this course gives you confidence to cook game for any occasion.

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Weekend Kitchen

This course will inspire you to get in your kitchen at the weekends, giving you the skills and tips to make your own bread and tasty seasonal dishes for your friends and family.

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Kitchen Skills

Our Kitchen Skills courses run throughout the year - do them all or just one. Either way, you will pick up skills which are sure to make your time in the kitchen more of a pleasure and less of a chore.

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Chef’s Table

A truly unique dining experience, our Chef’s Table is located in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of our Cookery School kitchen. Then there’s the food. Handpicking the day’s finest ingredients, our Chef will create a bespoke Tasting Menu for up to twelve guests, cooking it to perfection just a few feet from your table.  Priced at £190 a head, and includes champagne and canapés on arrival, a seven-course tasting menu, matching wines, mineral water plus coffee and petit fours.


Please call us if you’d like to make a booking, discuss any special arrangements or dietary requirements, or find out more about The Chef’s Table.

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The Woodspeen is owned by WSH & JC Restaurants Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 08524322 and with our registered office at TVP2, 300 Thames Valley Park Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1PT.