Do you dream of filling your home with the smell of freshly baking bread? Have you a friend who loves his home brewed beer, but could really do with a few lessons? Do you wish that the Indian food you cook at home was even half as good as that from the local take away, or would you like to learn to make your own pasta? Then why not combine a stay at Candlelight Cottage with a cookery course at the nearby Tideswell School of Food? What could be better than making delicious food at the school during the day and sharing it with your friends and family in our cosy cottage in the evening? Courses take place throughout the year and make fabulous surprises or birthday presents.
Now, for those of you who like to know where their food has come from, the school has created some fantastic ‘Culinary Adventures’ which provide you with a unique field-to-fork cookery experience. From fishing to foraging, flour mills to food trails – a culinary adventure is a great way to spend the day in the Peak District and find out more about some of the delicious food and wine produced in our area.
An English Wine Experience will give you a great insight into the production of English wine. First you will visit Renishaw Hall for a tour of the vineyard, followed by a wine tasting. In the afternoon you will create a delicious three course dinner party menu under the guidance of a professional chef.
Spend time on these courses exploring the stunning Derbyshire countryside with foraging expert Dr Patrick Harding. He will help you find a range of edible plants and fungi that make wonderful food and drink. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to prepare a range of dishes that make use of the food you have foraged, before leaving armed with an array of delicious dishes that you can share with friends and family.
Walking guide Sally Mosley will take you for a leisurely stroll around the picturesque village of Castleton before arriving at Castleton’s very own chocolate factory, CocoaDance. You will be greeted with a delicious chocolate drink, watch a chocolate making demonstration and finally enjoy a tasting with chief chocolatier Dave Golubows. In the afternoon, at the Tideswell School of Food, you will prepare a range of delicious chocolate filled dishes!
With Sally Mosley you will follow a taste trail around the popular town of Bakewell. Throughout the morning you will take in the sights and stop off at a couple of the town’s best local food and drink retailers where you will enjoy some tasters and have the chance to buy some goodies to take home with you. The afternoon is spent cooking the ingredients you have sourced in Bakewell back at the Tideswell School of Food.
You will get a hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of bees and beekeeping with The Sheffield Honey Company and observe the various tasks a beginner beekeeper needs to master. After learning a range of beekeeping skills, you will spend the afternoon in Tideswell, learning how honey can be used as a key ingredient in many dishes. You will also create a range of delicious honey based savoury and sweet dishes to take home with you at the end of the day with a full recipe pack.
To find out more about the courses, please click on the links and to find out when Candlelight Cottage is available, please see our availability calendar or contact us. We’ve had terrific feedback from guests who have attended courses at Tideswell School of Food.
A stay at Candlelight Cottage and a cookery day would make a wonderful present for an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion.
Do come and see for yourself!