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Nov 2019


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...
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...

Dec 2019


Exciting alternatives for the festive season. This session will concentrate on Christmas goodies, gluten-free of course, with mince pies, almond and orange cake and the traditional Yule log, as well a...
Come and join us at one of our famous Wednesday night supper clubs. Think communal tables, entertainment, themed food and drinks, some fun and games, and you have the recipe for the best wasy to spend...
What’s better than enjoying our famous Festive Afternoon Tea? Enjoying our famous Festive Afternoon Tea after watching a patisserie demonstration from the pastry chef who designed it! 2pm demonstratio...
Join our Head Pastry Chef, Mark Mitson, for this full-on festive treat complete with mulled wine and Christmas music! Get into the holiday spirit by making biscotti which would make the perfect foodie...
Join our Head Pastry Chef, Mark Mitson, for this full-on festive treat complete with mulled wine and Christmas music! Get into the holiday spirit by making biscotti which would make the perfect foodie...
The Pastry Sorcerer's Apprentice - Mark Mitson's assistant Alex Wilson - will be baking all things festive with budding young bakers in the Richard Hughes Cookery School at The Assembly House.Drop the...

Jan 2020


We’ll take a tour of our butcher DJ Barnard’s very best steak cuts. We’ll then teach you how to cook the perfect steak for you, accompanied by triple-cooked chips, and make some of the most popular sa...
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...
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee and pastries, then head into the teaching kitchen at 10am for a two-and-a-half hour masterclass with the King of Pastry! It’s a chance to get hands-on, pick up the tips of ...
Curries, dhals, naans, chutneys, pickles and kulfi. The Assembly House turns up the heat in deepest winter!...
Talk, demonstration and lunch.If you love good food, good cookery books and good company, you’ll enjoy cooking the books with Richard Hughes and Henry Layte, who owns The Book Hive on Norwich’s London...
We can show you how to choose, cook and garnish the nation’s favorite restaurant dish… steak. After selecting the perfect steak cut for you, we will look at classic sauces such as Diane, béarnaise, ch...
A class packed full of achievable skills and techniques to get you started in the industry - or take your hobby to a much sweeter level! We will take you from baking to finishing your own masterpieces...
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...
A proper pudding on a chilly day is a marvellous thing. Several proper puddings are even better! Will your Nursery pudding favourite make our menu?*All Richard Hughes Cookery School events are availab...
Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite bakes! Led by gluten-free expert and legendary chef Steve Thorpe, you’ll be inspired to create your own delicious free-from bread,...

Feb 2020


Dive into a day where we’ll guide you through selection, preparation, cooking and presentation of our favourite ingredient: fish. One of our most popular courses, we will be preparing the catch of the...
WITH THE LEGENDARY JOSE L SOUTO. He talks a good game! One of the highlights of our 2018 Assembly House Food Festival was a visit from Jose, who delivered a wonderful class on venison, butchery and ga...
WITH THE LEGENDARY JOSE L SOUTO. He talks a good game! One of the highlights of our 2018 Assembly House Food Festival was a visit from Jose, who delivered a wonderful class on venison, butchery and ga...
WITH SAM BRYANT AND ALICJA SPECJAINA. Stripping things back to basics, Whole Beast is the nose-to-tail concept from the duo who worked at Peckham’s Coal Rooms. Taking a ‘primitive’ approach to cooking...
WITH MARK FITCH. The Richard Hughes Cookery School is proud to sponsor the EAT Norfolk Food and Drink Awards Norfolk Home Chef of the Year – and our first-ever winner is hosting his first ever restaur...
If the man in your life has only just discovered the kitchen – or you’d like him to – we can get him to abandon his man cave for the kitchen. Today’s reconstructed 21st century man knows how to let of...
Aren’t you Fondue a Gouda Afternoon Out?Cheese and wine go together like Laurel and Hardy, Thelma and Louise and Romeo and Juliet – so raise a glass to this special event which will celebrate a marria...
Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to mean arrivederci to pasta, gnocchi and Tuscan chocolate cakes. Steve will reclaim the Italian classics for all to enjoy in this hands-on class which brings...
The Most Romantic Dinner Ever…Cooked by YOU! The way to most people’s hearts is through their stomach– forget sharing Valentine’s Day with strangers and paying through the nose for a single red rose, ...
One of our most successful classes from 2019 saw students forsaking the local takeaway and the curries in a hurry from a jar and preparing their very own feast for four in our kitchen. You’ll be prepa...
We are delighted to welcome back Jaime Garbutt from Norwich’s delicious dessert stop Figbar for a second night. This year, Jaime has added SALT to his portfolio, a café and delicatessen next door – fo...
A classic Minestrone soup, roasted vegetable focaccia, Nonna’s meatballs, Amalfi lemon cake.The price is for one adult and one child, and includes afternoon tea.*All Richard Hughes Cookery School even...
He calls himself “a food chemist” and he’s presently working for arguably the most famous food chemist in the world… The Assembly House is delighted to welcome Liam Penn for a two-night vegan pop-up.L...
He calls himself “a food chemist” and he’s presently working for arguably the most famous food chemist in the world… The Assembly House is delighted to welcome Liam Penn for a two-night vegan pop-up.L...
For one night only, the one, the only…MR ELVIS PRESLEY!Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the King will be at the House for a spectacular night of good food, good music and good times.Elvis aficionados will b...
We are absolutely delighted to announce the welcome return of Richard who is coming out of Benedicts’ kitchen and into the Richard Hughes Cookery School as a guest tutor.Richard will be presenting his...
The first rule of the evening: everyone can talk about puddings! With a heartfelt mission of preserving the Great British Pudding, David Clayton’s Parade of Puddings is hosted by MC (Master of Custard...
Imagine you are about to die. You have one meal left. What are you going to have?It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner has been asked most often by ...
If you’re pining for The Lavender House and miss the Parmesan Custard, the grilled mackerel with beetroot, black pepper and vodka sorbet, the beef and smoked potato, the apple crumble with Calvados cu...

Mar 2020


Learn the techniques that will stand you in good stead for a lifetime in the kitchen. From basic knife skills to perfecting pastry, sauce work to butchery, fresh fish preparation to bread making, thes...
With Mark Mitson. Learn how to make your own afternoon tea and the secrets behind Mark's spectacular scones (they're so good he makes 80,000 of them for us every year!).*All Richard Hughes Cookery Sch...
Our most successful Supper Club of 2019 makes an early return. Italy lent Norfolk a hospitality icon decades ago and we've never given him back! His longtime understudy Richard cooks as Tony hosts....
An Indian food array to take away: forget having your local Indian takeaway on speed dial or curry in a hurry from a jar and prepare your own feast for four in our kitchen. You'll be preparing two dif...
Dive into a day where we’ll guide you through selection, preparation, cooking and presentation of our favourite ingredient: fish. One of our most popular courses, we will be preparing the catch of the...
With Alex Wilson. Arrive at 10am for two hours of fun-filled baking with rising star Alex, who will show your children the tips and techniques that the professionals use. If your young bakers have dis...
THE ULTIMATE FAST FOOD! Richard’s very favourite ingredient, find out how to make the most of the latest catch!Demonstration from 11am to 12.30pm followed by lunch, coffee and a glass of wine. Payment...
Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite bakes! Led by gluten-free expert and legendary chef Steve Thorpe, you’ll be inspired to create your own delicious free-from bread,...
Steve will guide you through making an afternoon tea for four for you to take home, including sweet and savoury treats fit for royalty. You will make a range of fine cakes, filled breads, and of cours...
We can show you how to choose, cook and garnish the nation’s favorite restaurant dish… steak. After selecting the perfect steak cut for you, we will look at classic sauces such as Diane, béarnaise, ch...
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...
Find out how the Italians build flavour from the bottom up and unlock the soul of this wonderful country by cooking the classics that make it one of the world’s most loved cuisines. We cook it, you ea...
Talk, demonstration and lunch.If you love good food, good cookery books and good company, you’ll enjoy cooking the books with Richard Hughes and Henry Layte, who owns The Book Hive on Norwich’s London...
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee and pastries, then head into the teaching kitchen at 10am for a two-and-a-half hour masterclass with the King of Pastry! It’s a chance to get hands-on, pick up the tips of ...

Apr 2020


The extended wedding cake trend began in Australia and has now become super sought after in the UK! Perfect the art of sharp-edge ganache and fondant in this workshop, this class is all about contempo...
The extended wedding cake trend began in Australia and has now become super sought after in the UK! Perfect the art of sharp-edge ganache and fondant in this workshop, this class is all about contempo...
EASTER’S MOST ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT! With a guided chocolate tasting, a cooking demonstration and, of course, a trio of chocolate desserts to finish lunch, this is a sweet way to celebrate spring!*All ...
Join Gary for a masterclass in making chocolates, with a tutored tasting from a world-renowned chocolate expert. Gary, who heads up Westminster Catering College, the oldest cookery school in the UK ha...
With Alex Wilson. Arrive at 10am for two hours of fun-filled baking with rising star Alex, who will show your children the tips and techniques that the professionals use. If your young bakers have dis...
Mark was always the first Chef in the kitchen during his days at The Connaught Hotel. His job? To make the croissants, pain au Chocolat and other viennoiseries for the breakfast guests. You won’t have...
Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite bakes! Led by gluten-free expert and legendary chef Steve Thorpe, you’ll be inspired to create your own delicious free-from bread,...
A class packed full of achievable skills and techniques to get you started in the industry - or take your hobby to a much sweeter level! We will take you from baking to finishing your own masterpieces...

May 2020


If you’re pining for The Lavender House and miss the Parmesan Custard, the grilled mackerel with beetroot, black pepper and vodka sorbet, the beef and smoked potato, the apple crumble with Calvados cu...
One of our favourite cuisines full of flavour, made for impressing and sharing and as an added bonus, this class is all vegetarian! Learn how to make the perfect risotto milanese, potato gnocchi with ...
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!* All Richard Hughes Cook...
If the man in your life has only just discovered the kitchen – or you’d like him to – we can get him to abandon his man cave for the kitchen. Today’s reconstructed 21st century man knows how to let of...
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee and pastries, then head into the teaching kitchen at 10am for a two-and-a-half hour masterclass with the King of Pastry! It’s a chance to get hands-on, pick up the tips of ...
Learn how to make authentic Italian food like Mama makes, taking you on a journey to the heart of this wonderful country’s gastronomy. We’ll be showing you classic dishes from the Italian cookery Bibl...
A delivery from our fishmonger in the morning means we will be cooking up the freshest fish for your carefully-curated fish supper. Modern presentations, beautiful accompanying sauces and the perfect ...
We make three iconic French classics that are the cornerstone of France’s culinary history and which will become the basis of your repertoire. Truly great dishes found in the very best kitchens of thi...
With Alex Wilson. Arrive at 10am for two hours of fun-filled baking with rising star Alex, who will show your children the tips and techniques that the professionals use. If your young bakers have dis...
Dive into a day where we’ll guide you through selection, preparation, cooking and presentation of our favourite ingredient: fish. One of our most popular courses, we will be preparing the catch of the...
Cheesy Marmite pinwheel bread, sweet potato tagine, couscous and vegan chocolate and avocado cake.The price is for one adult and one child, and includes afternoon tea.*All Richard Hughes Cookery Schoo...
Corn bread, grits, chowder, crab cakes and meatloaf, along with apple pie and ice cream ... and so much more. An extraordinary appetite is required!...
Talk, demonstration and lunch.If you love good food, good cookery books and good company, you’ll enjoy cooking the books with Richard Hughes and Henry Layte, who owns The Book Hive on Norwich’s London...
You will make an array of breads from across the globe with help from Steve who will also give you invaluable tips, such as how to whip up your own doughs that can be made in advance and baked as you ...

Jun 2020


No stone is left unturned in this workshop, which is packed with techniques covering everything from baking to the most contemporary cake styles in the industry. Laura will give you the confidence to ...
No stone is left unturned in this workshop, which is packed with techniques covering everything from baking to the most contemporary cake styles in the industry. Laura will give you the confidence to ...
We’re not shellfish, we love sharing our tips and techniques for cracking how to cook crab and lobster! After taking delivery of Cromer’s classic ingredients, we get to work preparing a dressed crab, ...
This session will cover blending your own flour mix to make some really great gluten-free recipes. Steve will give you the confidence to confidently bake really delicious and flavoursome baked goods i...
Cromer crabs, Sheringham lobsters, King’s Lynn shrimps, samphire from North Norfolk, cockles and whelks all washed down with classic white wines. Richard cooks, you eat and drink! This class is sure t...
We’re not shellfish, we love sharing our tips and techniques for cracking how to cook crab and lobster! After taking delivery of Cromer’s classic ingredients, we get to work preparing a dressed crab, ...
With Alex Wilson. Arrive at 10am for two hours of fun-filled baking with rising star Alex, who will show your children the tips and techniques that the professionals use. If your young bakers have dis...
A CELEBRATION OF NORTH NORFOLK’S FINEST FARE. Find out why our crabs and lobsters are officially recognised as the best in the world!*All Richard Hughes Cookery School events are available as a gift. ...
Dive into the world of fresh fish cookery with a visit to the fabulous fish stall on Norwich Market, followed by two days of filleting, gutting, skinning and cooking. We’ll be preparing the best of th...
With Mark Mitson. Learn how to make your own afternoon tea and the secrets behind Mark's spectacular scones (they're so good he makes 80,000 of them for us every year!).*All Richard Hughes Cookery Sch...
WITH STEVE THORPE. Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite bakes! Led by gluten-free expert and legendary chef Steve Thorpe, you’ll be inspired to create your own delicio...
We are absolutely delighted to announce the welcome return of Richard who is coming out of Benedicts’ kitchen and into the Richard Hughes Cookery School as a guest tutor.Richard will be presenting his...
If you’re pining for The Lavender House and miss the Parmesan Custard, the grilled mackerel with beetroot, black pepper and vodka sorbet, the beef and smoked potato, the apple crumble with Calvados cu...
We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee the food! Discover the secrets to cooking with fire and smoke as we fire up the coals for an outdoor (hopefully!) lesson in barbecue cuisine! We’ll...
Tapas literally means ‘to top’ and the name comes from the practice of placing a slice of dried bread on top of a sherry glass to keep the precious liquid safe from airborne intruders! We’ll be servin...

Jul 2020


Steve will talk all things gluten-free with this two-day intensive course, looking at alternative ingredients and recipe changes to suit a diet without gluten. He will share his experience and knowled...
Steve will talk all things gluten-free with this two-day intensive course, looking at alternative ingredients and recipe changes to suit a diet without gluten. He will share his experience and knowled...
Join UK Chocolate Ambassador Gary Hunter for a masterclass in making chocolates, with a tutored tasting from this world-renowned chocolate expert. Gary, who heads up Westminster Catering College, the ...
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee and pastries, then head into the teaching kitchen at 10am for a two-and-a-half hour masterclass with the King of Pastry! It’s a chance to get hands-on, pick up the tips of ...
Mark will teach you how to make the perfect lemon tart, turn your choux pastry into a Gateau St Honore and make his Parmesan shortbread that Delia Smith raves about. He also shows you the secrets of a...

Aug 2020


Under Norfolk’s big skies, the irresistible combination of surf and turf combines to produce one of Britain’s most vibrant larders. We will be showcasing the best the county has to offer, from artisan...
Two days of instruction and indulgence! Gary will talk about his visits to cocoa plantations, his work with Callebaut chocolate, how he judges at the World Chocolate Masters and how he gained that env...
The North Norfolk coast’s most famous export, you’ll quickly find out why our very own crustaceans are feted as the very best in the world. A fantastic demonstration followed by your very own shellfis...
Three-cheese tomato tart with Parmesan pastry, summer vegetable paella and summer pudding with elderflower syllabub.The price is for one adult and one child, and includes afternoon tea.*All Richard Hu...