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Swinton Park Cookery School

Swinton Park, Masham, England
01765 680969
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Masham
Type: Classes/Workshops
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I were brought this as an anniversary present. I must say a big thank you to the donor of that, the day was fantastic. I consider myself a reasonable amateur chef, the trick that Steve Bulmer showed me made it clear how much of an amateur I am. We are planning to do a full weekend with... More

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Royston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Certainly worth the long journey and even better than I had imagined....bread making, BBQ and Southern Italian cooking over three days. The whole experience began with the dramatic views up the sweeping drive and continued seamlessly throughout. Well supported by friendly staff each day was full of activity and interest, carefully planned to keep us all alert and enable everyone... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Stephen and his team provide an amazing days cooking; with superb dishes which amaze at their simplicity of execution and wonderful flavour; true provencale cuisine. We left so energised to start cooking dishes like this at home. Thanks guys!

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Masham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Bought a friend, a man who has everything, and my hubby, the BBQ cookery lesson at the Swinton Park Cookery School as Xmas presents. They loved it. Yes they had to wait 6 months as I had booked it for June hoping we would have good weather and we all said it was something to look forward to. We were... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had a lovely afternoon at Swinton Park Deerhouse Barbeque today. My husband took part in the cookery lesson while my 4 year old son and I enjoyed exploring the grounds of the stunning Park while we waited for the food to be served. The food was cooked on gas and charcoal BBQ's and the Deerhouse was decorated with flowers,... More

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Bursting with ideas having spent a wonderful day making bread with very informative tuition from Steven Bulman. All sorts of hints and tips on shaping, kneading and flavouring,best bit eating!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I have just stay for one night for our anniversary. It is the best place I have stayed in so far. We got a great offer from the internet, the food was amazing, the people made us feel very special. We used the spa which was kept to a high standard. Walking in the grounds was beautiful,... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was given this cooking experience as a xmas present and having been on a number of other courses couldn't wait to try Swinton for the first time. The added enjoyment was being able to take my two children with me (12 & 9 yrs) to cook with me. Alongside was another family friend (a father with his two children)... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Loved Steve's cookery course, made me think that I could do great things with a quales eggs and why bother buying bread when you can make it taste so great.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

This was an excellent course, Steve is an excellent teacher who knows how to keep the class amused, but also produce excellent food. I would highly recommend this school to anyone and will be back to try out more courses and learn more skills.

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