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We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up!

Christmas will be here before we know it and here at Tideswell School of Food we’ve got it all wrapped up! From your office Christmas party to your Christmas Day feast, we’ve got it covered…

Pre Christmas Sale!

We’re offering 10% discount on all Christmas Gift Vouchers, Christmas Cookery Courses and Christmas Cookery Parties. Simply call us on 01298 871262 and quote discount code xmas10 when making your booking. But hurry, offer ends Friday 17th October!

T&C’s and restrictions apply, see below for details.

Christmas Cookery Courses

Christmas turkey on table original sizeWe have lined up a superb range of Christmas Cookery Courses that will help prepare you for the big day and impress friends and family over the festive period.

Get your turkey ready for roasting and pick up some great hints and tips on veggies, sauces and gravy on our Christmas Dinner Prep course. Fill your fridge with delicious Pates, Terrines and Chutneys made on our full day course, perfect for Boxing Day lunch.

Learn to bake a range of festive favourites on our Christmas Baking course including Mini Panettone, Christmas Biscotti and Florentines. Or why not make your own Christmas gifts for your loved ones on our Christmas Preserves course?

Book your course online here or call us on 01298 871262.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas hamper internetGive the gift of food this Christmas with one of our unique cookery courses. From baking bread to brewing your own beer, there really is a course to suit every interest and pallet. View our full list of courses here or call us on 01298 871262 to find out what we can offer.

We also sell gift vouchers, available in a range of monetary values and valid for 9 months, this is a great way to give a unique gift whilst offering choice. Buy a gift voucher online here or call us on 01298 871262 and we can process your purchase over the phone.

Christmas Cookery Parties

hen_stag_champagne sliderLooking for a unique way to celebrate the festive season? Our Christmas Cookery Parties are just the trick!

Whether you are looking to celebrate with friends, family or colleagues, our party sessions ensure that you experience delicious food in a relaxed and fun environment.

Our party nights are designed for groups of up to 12 people  and last for up to four hours; two hours cookery and up to two hours of wining and dining!

Find out more about our Christmas Cookery Parties here or give us a call on 01298 871262 to book a date.

Christmas Sale Terms and Conditions

  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
  • Offer available on the following courses: Christmas Preserves Sunday 23rd November, Pates, Terrines and Chutneys Sunday 7th December, Christmas Dinner Prep Saturday 13th December, Christmas Baking Sunday 14th December.
  • Offer available on Christmas Cookery Parties made as a private booking over the value of £500.
  • Christmas gift vouchers will be valid from 25/12/14 for 9 months.
  • 10% discount only applies to Christmas gift vouchers over the value of £50.
  • Offer subject to availability.

Name that Vegetable – competition time!

We’re giving you the chance to win 2 places on our half day Vegetarian Cookery Course on Sunday 5th October. 

This course is designed to excite and inspire your vegetarian cooking. Whether you are looking to learn new dishes, infuse new life into your old recipes or just learn new skills and techniques in cooking vegetarian food, then this course is for you.

On the day you will cook:

  • Grilled Haloumi  with Tabbouleh Salad and Mojo Verde
  • Olive, Almond and Manchego Cheese Empanada
  • Wild Mushroom and Tarragon Croquette with Horseradish creme Fraiche

For your chance to win two places on this fantastic course, simply ‘Name that Vegetable’!

Send an email to with the name of the vegetable (currently growing in our wonderful community kitchen garden) shown in the photograph below along with your name and telephone number.

Competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday 30th September 2014, the winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 1st October 2014.


Terms and Conditions

  • Only one entry per person
  • Prize has no cash value
  • Prize is non transferable
  • Entries received after 5pm on Tuesday 30th September will not be counted

Cookery Demonstrations at Chatsworth Country Fair

Joe demo'ing (small)If you’re heading to Chatsworth Country Fair this weekend, be sure to stop by the Cookery Theatre as a range of celebrity and local chefs will be sharing their culinary secrets.

Tideswell School of Food Head Chef, Joe Hunt, will be taking to the stage along with much loved celeb chefs including Tom Kerrdige, Mary Berry and Lesley Waters.

Joe will be demonstrating each day, showing you how to make the following delicious dishes:

Hot Smoked Trout with fresh peas, radish and fennel
Venison Curry
Whole Grilled Trout with puy lentils and herb creme fraiche
Warm Salad of Venison
Braised Ox Cheeks

Cookery Theatre Timetable

Friday 29th August
10am –  Jose Souto
11am –  Tom Kerridge (followed by book signing)
12.30pm –  Amelia – Jack Rabbits
1.15pm –  Joe Hunt- Tideswell School of Food 
2pm – Tom Kerridge
3pm – Jose Souto
3.45pm  – Tom Kerridge (followed by book signing)
5pm – Alan Coxon

Saturday 30th August
10am – Jose Souto
11am – Mary Berry CBE (followed by book signing)
12.30pm – Amelia – Jack Rabbits
1.30pm –  Joe Hunt – Tideswell School of Food
2.30pm – Alan Coxon
3.30pm – Mary Berry CBE followed by book signing
5pm – Jose Souto

10am – Jose Souto
11am – Lesley Waters followed by book signing
12.15pm – Adam Smith – Burlington Room
1.15pm – Amelia – Jack Rabbits
2pm – Alan Coxon
2.45pm – Joe Hunt – Tideswell School of Food
3.30pm – Lesley Waters followed by book signing
4.45pm – Jose Souto

The Big Lottery’s Big Blog- Featuring Taste Tideswell

We are excited to announce Taste Tideswell has been included in the Big Lottery’s Big Blog-  celebrating 10 years of Big Lottery funding.

Alongside many other brilliant projects, Taste Tideswell has been selected to highlight exactly what a group of active citizens, with support from the Big Lottery, can achieve.

We are so proud that The Big Lottery’s Big Blog has featured Taste Tideswell, but we also know we could not have achieved any of it without all our active citizens. So a massive thank you to all of you too.

To read all about Taste Tideswell’s active citizens on the Big Lottery’s Big Blog  please click here.

If you would like to get involved in Taste Tideswell please speak to a member of the team on 01298  871262



Happy Easter- Hot Cross Bun recipe!

We think nothing says Easter better then a freshly made Hot Cross Bun- so to celebrate that fact our head chef Joe Hunt has provided you with his simple but delicious Hot cross Bun recipe.  As chief tasters we were highly impressed with the recipe but don’t just take our word, have a go for yourself!

To enjoy simply Click below.


Happy Easter from everyone at Tideswell School of Food!