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Welcome to the Richard Hughes Cookery School

We’re absolutely delighted to bring to you the 2020 Richard Hughes Cookery School programme which we believe is the most exciting yet!

It boasts a bountiful supply of brand-new classes and delicious content which we plan to serve up to students in our stunning bespoke kitchen in the heart of Norwich. Our award-winning cookery school is based in a purpose-built kitchen - fitted by Kestrel Kitchens – which offers our students more room, more equipment and more chances to learn a whole new range of cooking techniques.

This year we’ve got lots of new options on our cookery school menu, with a host of new tutors joining Richard in the kitchen. With years of expertise between them we welcome the UK chocolate ambassador Gary Hunter, our gluten-free expert Steve Thorpe, our very own Master pâtissier Mark Mitson and esteemed cake decorator Laura Grix to the team.

We also have visits from Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts Restaurant, Jaime Garbutt from Figbar and a wonderful new ‘Cooking the Books’ club with Henry Layte of Book Hive.

Whatever your age, skill-set or appetite, we’ll have a class that will tickle your taste buds and make you yearn to learn more about food and its preparation.

Hughes Cooking in the kitchen? You are!

*We are delighted to announce that Norfolk Passport holders save 10% on all classes at the Richard Hughes Cookery School. Another great reason to book a class!* Sign up is free and instant at


Whatever your age, skill-set or appetite, we’ll have a class , event or a night out that will tickle your taste buds and confirms the Assembly House as the most exciting foodie address in the city! Click here to view the full programme.

Why not stay in one of the luxury bedrooms here at The Assembly House the night before or evening after your cookery class? Visit the website for more information.


The ultimate in man food, we’ll make Scotch eggs, posh sausage rolls, a chorizo plait and a banger of a sausage, mustard and beer hotpot. Great food, great company, great fun!£145 per two students.*Al...
Come and join us at our famous Burns Night Supper Club. Think communal tables, entertainment, traditional food and drink, and some fun and games, and you have the recipe for the best way to celebrate ...
Our perennially-popular game class arms you with the knowledge you need to make the very most of Norfolk’s own countryside bounty. We show you preparation, cooking and presentation from fur to feather...
A great introduction to the world of Swiss meringue buttercream, this workshop is all about colour, fun and expressing artistic flair. You’ll work on pre-baked cakes, mastering levelling, filling, cru...