Hands-on courses, to hone your culinary skills.

One of the joys of being a chef is sharing your knowledge and passion with other food lovers, whether they’re amateurs or aspiring chefs. That’s what inspired John Campbell to start a cookery school here at The Woodspeen.

We run a wide range of courses, from cooking the perfect steak to baking the perfect sourdough. And we host one-off demonstrations, wine tastings, seasonal celebrations and private events in our cookery school kitchen, throughout the year.  

Our cookery school kitchen also serves as the backdrop for our Kitchen Table private lunches or dinners – perfect for intimate business dinners, team-building exercises, birthdays, anniversaries or other personal milestones.

Our courses

From cooking the perfect steak to baking the perfect loaf, anyone can learn to be a better chef in our cookery school – even if they don’t know the first thing about cooking.

All our courses are run by either John Campbell, Peter Eaton, or one of our other senior chefs. They’ve all been with us for years, and each has an encyclopaedic knowledge of food. But they’re also experienced teachers, who know how to put people at ease.

As in our restaurant, we use seasonal, local or homegrown produce wherever we can. In fact, our cookery school overlooks our vegetable garden, where you might even pick your own ingredients. 

We keep our class sizes small, to give everyone plenty of one-on-one time and hands-on advice. And we do all of the prep work in advance, so you’re free to focus on the cooking. We’ll give you course notes and recipes to take home with you, but we also encourage you to ask questions and make your own notes. Above all, we hope you’ll leave feeling energised, with a headful of ideas and a sense of achievement.

Our cookery school is also available for private hire for your own events, for business or pleasure. 

Bread making

Private hire

Whether you’re looking for a fun group activity to share with your friends and family, or a team-building day with your colleagues, our cookery school offers something a little less ordinary. 

We can host groups of up to twelve for either cooking or eating. The beauty of our cookery school is that it fits the bill for so many different kinds of events and occasions. As well as private lunches and dinners and cookery courses, we’ve hosted everything from cocktail masterclasses, to foraging days, to film shoots in the past. The possibilities are endless. 

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or already know what you want to do, call us and we’ll help you make it a day to remember.

Private cookery class

Kitchen Table

Our Kitchen Table private dining experiences give you and seven to eleven guests a rare opportunity to watch a world-class chef in action, as they cook for you in the heart of our cookery school kitchen – the ideal setting for an intimate business dinner, or any special occasion. 

As they cook for you, just a few feet from your table, you can chat to them about ingredients, provenance and cooking techniques.

Our Kitchen Table experience starts from £65.00 per person.

Our gift vouchers make thoughtful presents. Champagne and cocktails in our bar, a meal in our restaurant, or a course in our cookery school. Whoever you give them to can spend them however they like.

Gift voucher