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Kent Cookery School

This hidden gem is based deep in the heart of picturesque Kent, in the stunning setting of the Mersham-le-Hatch Estate and its 190-acre deer park, near Ashford. And Muddy readers get an exclusive 10% discount. Aprons at the ready!

This hidden gem is based deep in the heart of picturesque Kent, in the stunning setting of the Mersham-le-Hatch Estate and its 190-acre deer park, near Ashford.

The cookery school is located in the country house’s old listed barn (which has been spruced up inside). The school was the first purpose built cookery school in Kent, established in early 2011. Walk through the cobbled courtyard and discover an idyllic countryside haven.

The founders wanted visitors to feel welcome and at home – so the culinary students relax and enjoy themselves. You will not find the cold clinical stainless steel of a professional kitchen, instead, you will find rustic oak beams, antique furnishings and fine china.

You’ll also find a huge range of workshops and courses – from European to Indian and Asian Cookery and Weber Grill Academy to Street Food Courses. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to create a vast array of dishes from fine French pastries to fresh pasta, with dedicated work stations for up to 12 people.

It makes a great destination for private parties too (they can work with you to perfect a theme) or you and your friends can enjoy Chef’s Table – an exclusive private dinner hosted by their resident chef for just 14 guests who will have the opportunity to watch, interact and enjoy the theatre and skill of live cooking.

The Kent Cookery School offers everything from Private Dining and Corporate Events, with a wide variety of party themes to suit every occasion. They can create a theme to suit, from bake-off’s to Mexican Street food!  Prices are dependent on number of people and theme chosen.

Better still, add ‘MUDDY10’ at checkout when you book and you’ll get an exclusive 10% off. You grab the car keys – I’ll grab my apron!

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