Daylesford is a community with food at its heart. From our home on our 2,350-acre organic farm set in the idyllic Cotswolds, a day at the Cookery School is a must for anyone who shares our passion for real food, eating well and sharing seasonal, local, organic food that nourishes our bodies. We believe that producing food organically, following the year’s natural rhythms, is not only best for the future of our planet but it is better for our well-being too.
Choose from classic courses such as Quick & Simple Suppers and Seasonal Dinner Party, to specialised courses like Artisan Bread Making, Nose-to-Tail Butchery or Ferments to Eat and Drink, you’ll find practical and imaginative courses to suit all interests.
Whether you’re a regular to Daylesford or visiting The Cotswolds for a break, we hope we can find a course that fits in with your plans. Find out what’s on at The Cookery School throughout the year by viewing our online calendar.
SEASONAL DINNER PARTY
Ever popular, our Seasonal Dinner Party course will give you the confidence to cook delicious seasonal recipes for dinner parties, or any occasion, that will impress your guests on all fronts with presentation, taste and timing.
JOURNEY THROUGH PROVENCE
Provencal cookery is rich with warm, summery flavours and recipes created with fresh, seasonal ingredients. We are lucky enough to have a glut of some of these wonderful vegetables and herbs in our organic Market Garden come summer, as well as delicious ingredients from our sister estate in the south of France, Château Léoube. From olives, capers and herbs to beautiful fish, lamb and poultry, our Cookery School team will guide you through a series of classic flavour combinations and recipes.
quick & simple suppers
If you’re short on time, but don’t want to compromise on delicious evening meals, or Quick & Simple Suppers class is the perfect course for you. Using organic, seasonal produce from our Farm and Market Garden we will create wonderful dishes that you will look forward to preparing, no matter how busy you are.
Throughout this fun half-day course, we will arm you with skills and ideas to create delicious, show-stopping bites that you can easily recreate at home for your guests, as well as lots of recipe suggestions, time saving tips and presentation ideas.
daylesford floristry & cooking experience
Join the Cookery School and Garden Room teams for this half-day course combining two of our favourite activities – floristry and cookery. Joined by our Head Florist, your morning will start in the Garden Room Workshop Room, learning how to create beautiful, seasonal table arrangements using natural materials and flowers – yours to take home at the end of the day.
the complete larder
A well stocked larder is something that all cooks should try and build up. It helps create dishes easily and with little notice as you have delicious ingredients to turn to immediately. Using seasonal gluts and a variety of preservation, sterilization and fermentation methods, we will give you some interesting larder ideas and recipes to cook from.
Daylesford chef Experience – Skills Masterclass
Mastering key kitchen techniques is not simply the preserve of professional chefs. Learning the fundamental skills of classic cookery is a priceless life tool for cooks of any level that will transform both everyday meal preparation and more ambitious culinary projects.
Market GARDEN Gather & Cook
Our 25-acre organic Market Garden is the source of over 250 varieties of heritage fruit and vegetables. On this course we are joined by our Head Market Gardener Jez, who will take you on a guided tour of the garden, with the chance to harvest your own veg box before taking it back to the Cookery School to turn it into a number of sensational dishes.
BREAD, PASTA & BAKING
ARTISAN BREAD MAKING
Join us to learn some of the secrets behind our delicious loaves from sourdoughs to seeded loaves, rolls, multi-grains and enriched doughs. Using traditional, artisan methods and purely organic ingredients we will cover all the skills you need to be able to recreate delicious homemade loaves at home.
Everyone loves pastries and cakes, and patisserie is an artistic culinary skill that challenges you to master how to work with different textures, and flavours. It is both hugely creative and unforgivingly technical; precision and discipline are required in order to create stunning effects.
We love sharing our knowledge and passion with masterclasses such as this half-day course all about pasta. Our tutors will cover three different pasta dough techniques, the shaping process, regionality and of course delicious, simple sauces to accompany them.
THE ART OF AFTERNOON TEA
After pouring you a glass of Prosecco, our Cookery School team will guide you through a number of recipes, covering baking, pastry-making and presentation, enabling you to create your own traditional afternoon tea display which will include tarts, cakes, biscuits and savoury treats.
This full-day course is designed for people who are interested in cutting down their meat consumption, whether for health, environmental, sustainability or other reasons. We can all make a difference and having even one meat-free day can have a significant impact.
We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but making time for a nutritious, exciting breakfast every single day is not easy when we are super busy. This half-day course is all about making delicious, varied and exciting breakfast dishes that are full of nutrients and minerals to help kickstart your day.
FEED YOUR BODY & MIND
Eating well has a huge effect both on how we feel and how our brains and bodies function. Our Feed Your Mind courses explore the relationship between good nutrition and our wellbeing, taking a look at which foods can enhance our mood and help us feel at our best.
FERMENTS TO EAT AND DRINK
This half day introduction to fermented food and drink, explores the history and health benefits of fermented foodstuffs such as kombucha, kimchi, kvass and berry sauces over a series of tasters, demonstrations and hands-on sessions with our Cookery School tutors.
THE vegan KITCHEN
Balanced nutrition, animal welfare and protection of the environment have always been topics of enormous concern to us at Daylesford. In recent years, more people have been inspired to examine their eating habits and movements such as veganism, vegetarianism, flexitarianism and others have grown.
EAT TO BE HEALTHY
Health and nutrition has always been very close to our hearts, and to those of our customers. This new addition to our course calendar will celebrate delicious, seasonal recipes that are naturally free of refined sugars, dairy and wheat flour.
mighty spices & herbs
Spices have long been celebrated for their health benefits in Ayurvedic, Chinese and western cuisines and holistic practices. This half day course in the Cookery School will explore the recipes and thinking behind the use of spices to aid healing and good digestion as well as their anti-inflammatory properties and beneficial effects on blood sugar and longevity.
B balanced: yoga, COOKing for health & HAYBARN SPA
Following a 90 minute yoga class in our Bamford Haybarn Spa we’ll create a series of delicious and nutritious dishes which will be enjoyed together for lunch. The course will then end with a 45 minute deep tissue massage, giving you the chance to completely unwind before your day with us comes to an end.
This full-day course sets out to address the general public’s current behaviours of consumption and examine how we can all eat and live more sustainably. At the Cookery School we do not waste a scrap of food and tutors will share their years of experience in making the most of produce, with tried-and-tested techniques of preservation, fermentation, substitution, eating seasonally, cooking with gluts and more.
CHILDREN & TEENAGERS
Budding & JUNIOR Chefs: children cookery
Our children’s classes provide the perfect introduction to cookery, inspiring each child to think about where their food comes from as we explain the story of our organic Farm and Market Garden, getting them hands-on creating their own dishes with delicious, seasonal ingredients.
FLYING THE NEST: STUDENT COOKERY SKILLS
Leaving home for college or university is the perfect time to arm youngsters with the essential skills they need to cook healthy nutritious meals for themselves. This full day course aims to give students a relaxed yet informative understanding of a variety of simple and effective principles that will allow them to cook with confidence.
FAMILY COOKING TOGETHER
Our Family Cooking classes are a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to join us together in the Cookery School for a fun-filled day of festive cooking and eating.
Edible Tree Decorations
The course will cover various doughs and piping techniques for beautiful tree decorations to impress. You will return home with a box full of goodies – and the know-how to make more in case too many get snaffled before reaching the Christmas tree!
EVENING EVENTS & DINING
DAYLESFORD CHEF’S TABLE SUPPER
Join us for an unforgettable evening in the Cookery School at our Chef’s Table Supper. Sit back and relax whilst our chefs create a delicious, seasonal tasting menu right in front of you. Our team will be giving you the chance to taste our organic ingredients at their very best, crafted into elegant, imaginative dishes.
fire pit chef’s table
Join us for an unforgettable evening in the Market Garden at our Fire Pit Chef’s Table. Sit back and relax whilst our chefs create a delicious and seasonal menu right in front of you, giving you the chance to taste the organic ingredients from our Market Garden at their very best, cooked in the most fitting surroundings. The natural fare will be complemented by delicious wines and cider from our sister estate Château Léoube.
RETREATS & SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS
THE DAYLESFORD HEALTH & WELLNESS RETREAT
Join us for a restorative weekend at Daylesford, experiencing the best of both the Cookery School and Bamford Haybarn Spa, whilst staying in our beautiful Cotswolds Cottages. In collaboration with our resident nutritionist, Rhaya Jordan and yoga teacher, Nikki Jackson, join us for a series of deeply relaxing classes as well as restorative massages and facials from our expert therapists in the Haybarn Spa.
The Perfect Christmas table
Our Cookery School Team will guide you through a series of festive recipes over the course of the day, equipping you with the confidence to create a wonderful family meal on Christmas Day or entertain guests at a dinner party over the festive season. We will cover delicious canapés, elegant starters, a beautifully prepared turkey, tips for delicious accompaniments, as well as imaginative pudding ideas.
Valentine’s Chocolate & Petits Fours
If you have ever marveled at beautifully formed, intricate chocolates and petits fours and wondered how they are made, this course has the answers. Join us in the Cookery School for this half-day course learning to master the essential techniques of chocolate and petits fours.
cooking with your valentine
Treat yourself and your loved one to a relaxing, romantic day getaway at Daylesford this Valentine’s. Experience the best of Daylesford, cooking and eating in our award-winning Cookery School.
LAND, WILD & SEA
Even though fish and shellfish are a firm favourite for many on restaurant menus, the preparation and cooking of these delicious, delicate ingredients can be a little intimidating. In this course we focus on how to select, prepare and cook an array of fish and shellfish, covering a variety of different cookery techniques.
FEATHER & FUR: GAME PREPARATION & COOKERY
Over the course of the day you will spend some time outside with our resident forager, Tim Field who will also join us in the Cookery School to demonstrate how to pluck, dress and prepare your game before cooking, giving you all the chance to get hands on learning how to master these techniques.
WILD & FORAGED
Foraging is a traditional, age-old skill that we are passionate about at the Cookery School, a skill that offers the opportunity to harvest and eat seasonal ingredients that taste delicious and cost you nothing. This one day course will give you a fascinating insight into the best wild foods available on our doorstep.
NOSE-TO-TAIL BUTCHERY DAY
The passion and respect we have for our animals is paramount in developing our award-winning organic meat. Our Nose-to-Tail Butchery Day will allow you to follow and understand this journey, as well as gain practical tips and techniques from our expert chefs and butchers before preparing your own joints for the pot
SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE: BARBECUE
This full day course is designed to inspire you with confidence and ideas to take your al fresco eating to the next level, cooking and sampling organic meat and vegetables from our Farm and Market Garden.
RELAX & CRAFT
fire pit cooking
Perfect for barbecue enthusiasts and anyone who loves food and the great outdoors, this course is an amazing opportunity to have a truly unforgettable experience at Daylesford.
Everybody loves brunch and this fun three-hour course at the Cookery School lets you enjoy tasting delicious dishes, while learning some great ideas and getting hands-on with new recipes to repeat on many relaxed mornings to come.
Join us for a relaxed and slightly tipsy time devoted to the pleasures of real cider.You will be learning about the perfect apples and the techniques needed for the cider you are aiming to achieve. The Cider Making course will take place in the Market Garden, using our organic apples.