Food School Redesign

Restaurant plus cooking school opening in December 2021

The Food School will be re-opening as a restaurant plus cooking school on December 6th. Cooking classes for the public will resume in January 2022. Visit to find out more about the restaurant.


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Charlotte Pike


I love teaching as I love meeting new students and sharing my knowledge, helping people to master their cookery skills and sharing lots of ideas to introduce exciting new recipes into their every day cooking. My recipes are inspired by my travels and the books I've written. I trained as a Chef at Ballymaloe in Ireland and my classes are often focused on mastering core skills in the kitchen, which I love, as it helps people to cook so much better at home every day.

Through my work writing about food, I've met and cooked with people all over the world, from famous chefs to people I've met in markets, in souqs, on farms all of whom have shared their secret family recipes with me and introduced me to new ingredients. This is the knowledge I share in my classes.

"I love the philosophy of the school & enjoyed talking with Robert & Shaleen. The Bread Baking class was brilliantly run by Charlotte; I would never have believed we'd get through as much as we did in three short {ish} hours & it's a real testament to her planning & teaching that I came away feeling I'd learnt so much. Can't recommend the school highly enough. Gorgeous place & lovely people. Can't wait to go back."

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Classes taught by
Charlotte Pike

Cooking for a healthy body and mind

Monday 21 March 2022, £85.00
Tuesday 22 March 2022, £85.00
Monday 20 June 2022, £85.00
Tuesday 21 June 2022, £85.00

Vegetarian, Bread, Vegetables, Herbs, Tofu, Pulses, Noodles, Chocolate

Learn to shop and stock your kitchen to make life easier and economical when it comes to preparing simple nutritious meals, and will show you how to plan menus that are achievable.

Middle Eastern Mezze

Tuesday 8 March 2022, £85.00
Tuesday 7 June 2022, £85.00

Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Vegetables, Herbs

In this class you will learn to prepare the dishes that make up a traditional Middle Eastern Mezze

Funky Up Your Veg (Summer)

Monday 6 June 2022, £85.00

Vegetarian, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices

In this class we celebrate vegetables and take them off the side-plate and serve them up as a main. And we serve them in abundance. Why? Because veg is great for you.

The Moroccan Kitchen

Tuesday 17 May 2022, £85.00

Moroccan, Poultry, Herbs, Spices, Pulses, Lamb

Moroccan cuisine combines the flavours of Andalucía with those of Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine.

Spanish Tapas and Wine Tasting

Monday 14 February 2022, £90.00
Monday 16 May 2022, £90.00

Spanish, Poultry, Pork, Egg, Chocolate

Tapas is the meal you eat before the meal! The tapas experience is about small plates, drink and lots of conversation over long hours.

Positively Plant Based

Tuesday 18 January 2022, £85.00
Monday 25 April 2022, £85.00

Vegetarian, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices, Tofu, Noodles, Chocolate

More and more people are moving towards a plant based diet. We focus on menu planning, a variety of cooking techniques and recipes that are filling.

Learn to cook the Mediterranean diet

Monday 17 January 2022, £85.00
Tuesday 19 April 2022, £85.00

Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Herbs, Fish, Spices

The Mediterranean Diet seems to have stood the test of time and if versions of it are adopted, can lead to sustained weight loss.

Knife Skills

Tuesday 4 January 2022, £85.00
Tuesday 5 April 2022, £85.00

Poultry, Vegetables, Herbs

Boost your confidence in the kitchen. Knives are the essential kitchen tool and every cook needs to get to grips with them.

Bread Baking

Monday 7 February 2022, £85.00
Monday 4 April 2022, £85.00


Learn to proof, raise, knead and bake bread by hand without the use of artificial additives.

Funky Up Your Veg (Spring)

Monday 7 March 2022, £85.00

Vegetables, Herbs, Spices

In this class we celebrate vegetables and take them off the side-plate and serve them up as a main. And we serve them in abundance. Why? Because veg is great for you.

The Persian Kitchen

Tuesday 15 February 2022, £85.00

Iranian, Herbs, Rice, Lamb, Egg

Saffron, dill, pistachios, tarragon, walnuts, fluffy rice, lamb, dried lime, pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses, barberries and broad beans are essential ingredients in the Persian/Iranian kitchen.

Cooking with fish

Dates coming soon


During this class we will cover all the skills you need to buy and cook fish to perfection including filleting, gutting, cleaning, skinning, seasoning and scaling.

Edible Gifts

Dates coming soon


In this class, you will prepare and wrap a selection of edible treats to present as Christmas gifts.

The Spice Route

Dates coming soon

Thai, Middle Eastern, Poultry, Vegetables, Spices

The ‘history of spices is the history of trade’. In this class you will learn both the history and how to use spices in your cooking.

Middle Eastern Feasts

Dates coming soon

Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Herbs, Pulses, Lamb

It’s a wonderful experience to sit around a table tearing bread and sharing a selection of dishes full of flavour.

Funky Up Your Veg (Winter)

Dates coming soon

Vegetarian, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices

It's January and you may be cutting back food consumption to deal with seasonal excess. STOP! There is one thing you can eat lots more of VEG

Christmas Baking

Dates coming soon


Haven’t made your Christmas cake yet? No fear Charlotte Pike to the rescue with her famous last minute Christmas-cake recipe.