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Harthill Cookery School

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Address: Harthill School Harthill Lane | Harthill Lane, Chester CH3 9LQ, England
Phone Number:
+44 1829 782097
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00

Set in the grade II-listed Victorian village school at Harthill and...

Set in the grade II-listed Victorian village school at Harthill and enjoying panoramic views out across the Cheshire countryside, Harthill Cookery School is a new venture from Master Chef of Great Britain Brian Mellor. You find here one week or weekend cookery courses for basic cooking skills such as baking, bread making, chocolate, cooking with fish or meat, teens cooking clubs. It is a vibrant centre for professionals and public to indulge their passion for food.

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Basic Knife Skills Course

I attended (with others) a basic knife skills course which was run by Brian Mellor and his team. It is a 4 hour course in which we learnt about the various types of knife - old... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Southport, United Kingdom
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Tattenhall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner bought this 1 day course as a gift to myself and my Mum. We are both keen cooks and were really looking forward to it. It was a very friendly and casual atmosphere which immediately put us both at ease. The whole day was very laid back and enjoyable. I didn't give it more stars as a few... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended (with others) a basic knife skills course which was run by Brian Mellor and his team. It is a 4 hour course in which we learnt about the various types of knife - old and new, cheap and expensive. How to look after them and how to be safe with them. Then into the kitchen for practical work... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a Christmas present for my husband and we really looked forward to watching how each course was made and then tasting the delicious food. Sadly the evening failed on both scores. I realise time was limited but we were not given an overview of how each course was made. Instead we saw basic parts of each course being... More 

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topothehill, Owner at Harthill Cookery School, responded to this review

Hello Pat We are sorry that you didn’t enjoy the dine ‘n’ dem evening and it wasn’t as you expected. The evenings are something we re-instated recently due to repeated requests from guests who have enjoyed the format over the years. We also now have a growing band of tutors who want to cook for guests, sharing the food, stories... More 

Runcorn, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

I had a fabulous day with Brian & Mary, very informative but kept informal so that everyone felt at ease. I learnt so much and will definitely make more of an effort to 'cook from scratch' and use fresh ingredients. Would DEFINETELY recommend.

Thank Gill M
Bolton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Brian and Mary, put together a great event for us and was enjoyed by all in the team. The classes in the kitchen were friendly and informative and by some fluke by all our novice cooks made some great tasting food. Thanks Brian and Mary!

Thank martinogden2016
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I attended a Thai cookery course at Harthill and it was overall a really great experience. Brian and Mary put you at ease right away and are so welcoming and friendly. The course was fantastic, we learnt a lot but it was never daunting and everything was explained so well. I really felt like I had learnt a lot. I... More 

Thank Elizabeth R
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I have been on two half day courses at harthill ,pies and puddings and bread and pizzas, I loved every second of both , I have a third to look forward to in January Brian makes the course interesting and easy to follow and show great patience and now I can make pastry , bread and pizzas Nice coffee and... More 

Thank tonyrice57
Bramhall, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I went on a beginners bread making course at Harthill, and really enjoyed it. Brian and Valentina (pizza dough) are terrific teachers who clearly love sharing their expertise. And their enthusiasm is infectious. The hands~on experience gained during the day was invaluable, as were all the little tricks~of~the~trade you notice when watching a master in person. Great place, great course,... More 

Thank nickrodger
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I have now attended two of the courses, the meat course and a bread course and can't speak highly enough of Harthill Cookery School. Both courses were highly informative and at the same time great fun. Brian and Mary are amazing hosts.

Thank Newtandjcb
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We attended this course as a couple a little unsure of what to expect. We needn't have worried because we arrived and were immediately put at ease by the Hospitality of Brian and Mur, and of course the aroma of fresh coffee and freshly baked biscuits. The day began with introductions around a huge dining table, where we learned the... More 

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