Richard Hughes Cookery School Logo


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.


If you think profiteroles, a slice of gateau or ice cream constitutes a pudding or, worse still, you’re one of those people who, when it comes to the last course of a meal says, “Oh, just coffee for m...
John “Grimsby” Watt, the Pye Baker, is Norwich’s much-loved baker and Elvis aficionado (he owns – and wears - suits made by the King’s tailor!). He’ll tell us all about his life in baking and how he m...
There’s no nation that bakes quite like the Italians, especially as Christmas approaches! We’ll make focaccia and calzone, Amalfi lemon polenta cakes and your own bespoke biscotti. Belissimo!£125 per ...
Whether you’re already sold on the plant-based and vegan lifestyle or you’d like to learn how to embrace a diet that involves less meat, dairy and eggs (or want to know how to cater for a loved-one wh...