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2018 Hands On Practical Classes

The best way to learn is to get involved, and our hands on practical classes offer you the chance to do just that. You'll develop your kitchen skills, learn new techniques, gain hands-on experience, improve your cooking confidence and have lots of fun in our purpose-built cookery school kitchen at The Assembly House.

At our classes, you’ll learn the best methods to get the best results in the kitchen as you work alongside a chef with four decades of experience who knows how to make cooking simple for you. You’ll be able to ask as many questions as you like in a relaxed home-from-home atmosphere and you can look forward to cooking, eating, drinking and laughing - Richard really does have an anecdote for every occasion!

We believe good cooking is all about confidence: we cook together, learn together and because we're passionate about sharing our love of food with everyone, our students come back for more every year.

Students are given expert tuition and recipe sheets with step-by-step instructions as they cook at their own work stations on a central aisle. Once the hard work is over, it’s Richard and the team’s turn to cook and serve you lunch or afternoon tea, as you relax and reflect with your fellow students over a glass – or two – of wine. You then get to take all the fruits of your labour home to share with loved ones (after all, the proof is in the pudding. Or the starter. Or the main course...!). 

Course dates are often repeated, so even if you can’t make a specific date, it’s always worth calling us or checking the website to see if we’re staging a re-run!

Students arrive at 9.30am and after a short introduction, head into the kitchen. After tuition, lunch or afternoon tea follows and your day ends at 3pm when you can collect the goodies you’ve made and head off home to take the plaudits!

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!). With a career which incorporates Swiss patisseri...
Kate, from the 2016 Great British Bake Off, will show you simple effective techniques to ice a masterpiece! The class includes a delicious traditional fruit cake made to Kate's own recipe to take home...
Kate, from the 2016 Great British Bake Off, will help to make your Christmas memorable for all the right reasons. Stock up ready for your guests with sweet orange pastry mince pies three ways with fra...