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Swinton Park Cookery School

Swinton Park, Masham, England
+44 1765 680969
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Fantastic chefs table dining experience

Whilst staying at Swinton Park Hotel we enjoyed a Chefs table dining experience which we were able... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
Fabulous chef’s table

Kevin the cookery school chef is just brilliant 10 of us went as a private party for a chef’s... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Pauline G
Bedale, United Kingdom
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Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run by the Cunliffe-Lister family. Set in 200 acres of parkland on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the castle combines the style and elegance of a stately home with the comfort and exemplary service of a luxury hotel. The Cookery School at Swinton Park has been running since 2003 and has consistently achieved high acclaim, most recently as a finalist in British Cookery School Awards 2012. Located on the ground floor of the Georgian stable wing adjacent to Swinton Park hotel, the teaching kitchen is a light and airy room, furnished in country-kitchen style and fitted with the latest appliances and equipment. The cookery school also benefits the hotel’s location at the heart of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate. The Estate supplies the cookery school and hotel with game birds, venison and foraged ingredients such as elderflower, wild garlic and wild mushrooms, while, closer to the hotel, the four acre Walled Garden provides a wide range of fruit and vegetables throughout the year.Stephen Bulmer joined the cookery school as Chef Director in January 2013. He is also is widely acknowledged to be one the leading cookery school tutors in the UK, having been Chef Director of the Raymond Blanc Cookery School at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons for 6 years and also run his own cookery school at Brook Hall in Buckinghamshire. He combines his top-level cookery skills with a gregarious personality - a winning combination. ’He is one of my most experienced chefs and a great craftsman – his enthusiasm is completely infectious’, commented Raymond Blanc.Whilst his career has taken him to work at Michelin restaurants all over the world, Stephen hails from Yorkshire and so has returned to his roots. He spent his childhood in a village on the North Yorkshire Moors, with his first cooking job at The Goathland Hotel before going on to train at The Box Tree in Ilkley.Stephen has created a schedule of half day, one day and two day courses at Swinton Park, which are open to residents and non-residents of all levels of ability. Courses cover a wide range of cuisines and techniques, with themes ranging from Flavours of the Orient to Regional French Cuisine, Barbecue Cookery to Delicious Desserts and Tapas to Bread Making. There are also courses for children, teenagers and professional chefs. Guest chefs teaching occasional classes include celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager and number of other specialists running courses such as Wild About Food (foraging for wild edible ingredients) and a monthly Curry Club. We have two courses for Christmas cooking – Festive Fare and the innovative ‘Christmas in a Box’, which includes a meal for six to take home.The cookery school also provides a relaxed, informal setting for Chef’s Table demonstration dining evenings, where Stephen prepares and serves a gourmet meal in front of you. The school is also available for private hire and for corporate, incentive and team-building events.
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Swinton Park, Masham, England
+44 1765 680969
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whilst staying at Swinton Park Hotel we enjoyed a Chefs table dining experience which we were able to book in advance as an alternative to dinner in Samuels as part of our DBB package. This was an absolutely fantastic experience hosted by Kevin who is...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Kevin the cookery school chef is just brilliant 10 of us went as a private party for a chef’s table. The theme was game and Kevin cooked partridge, pheasant, and venison in imaginative and incredibly delicious ways We also had mackerel and then some seriously...More

Thank Pauline G
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

As two relatively good cooks we booked on to the Ultimate Sunday Lunch Course wondering what we would learn.. well we were very pleasantly surprised as we learned a lot! The food and menu was inspired and delicious and not what we would normally cook...More

Thank mimsynotts
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful day on the Italian Cooking Course, with excellent tuition from head chef Kevin Hughes and insight and support from Judy. Kevin's knowledge and passion was inspiring. As the only students on the course that day, Kevin customised the menu to a...More

1  Thank Brenda D
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I spent a fantastic day at the cookery school at Swinton Park today. From the first friendly greeting by reception staff to the 6 hrs of hands on cooking with Kevin and his team. We made some "reight posh puds" which I thoroughly enjoyed making...More

Thank Caitlin T
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Just had the best day attending Kevin's Oriental cookery class. I wasn't sure what to expect but I can honestly say that it was a wonderfully informative relaxed and fulfilling experience. Met a great bunch of people and learnt so much( I am a bit...More

Thank 66AndyMB
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Not as advertised. A real shame. We were told twice in advance of the day that this was a very hands on, practical cookery course. It is not. The new staff have not picked up from the good service experienced by other reviewers before Christmas....More

Thank alessandro c
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I had a lovely lunch here with my wife after she had attended the Meat and Poultry Cookery course. Our daughters had bought the course as a retirement gift for my wife who had a wonderful time and really enjoyed it. Steve Bulmer and his...More

Thank Walton2
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Had the most wonderful day with Steve Bulmer , made many different types of bread during the day and had a wonderful lunch ...very inspirational day , Steve was very informative and great fun . I came away wanting to make fresh bread ,which I...More

Thank normanphillips1973
Reviewed 12 November 2016

An aptly named course! This was a birthday gift from my husband - we both went - and we were extremely fortunate that there was only 3 of us on the course. We had no idea what to expect and also didn't realise Stephen was...More

Thank Jane M
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20 September 2015|
Response from SwintonPark | Property representative |
Good morning zozwilks, unfortunately we do not have splash pool or water slides at Swinton Park. We do however have lots of other activities for families and in our Boot Room you will find lots of outdoor coats, wellies... More