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Swinton Park Cookery School

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Address: Swinton Park, Masham, England
Phone Number: 01765 680969
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Description: Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run...
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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I attended a Bread Making Course using a Virgin Experience day voucher that had been bought for me.The course was fab Steve was informative & an excellent demonstrator.There were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Millom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I attended a Bread Making Course using a Virgin Experience day voucher that had been bought for me.The course was fab Steve was informative & an excellent demonstrator.There were 6 of us on the course we made numerous types of bread which we got to take home there was a super lunch with wine which my husband joined us for.Swinton... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was a surprise gift so I didn't know what to expect. I would have liked to do more hands on cooking but it was only a half day course. Steve was great fun and thankfully the other guests were nice too! My husband had been recommended a strict medical diet since he booked the course for us and Steve... More 

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Stockton-on-tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I attended the half day beginners Spanish Tapas Course at Swinton Park Cookery School in Feb '15. I would say I'm very much a beginner cook. Although I can cook the basic family meals and follow a simple recipe, I am not a confident or adventurous cook by any means. The school building itself is great. Very well equipped and... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Amazing cookery school, great tutor (laughed most of the time) and amazing produce to work with. Taught in an informal manner in an amazing kitchen with lots of gadgets and equipment.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A real treat to enjoy a wonderfully entertaining and informative cooking course with Steve Bulmer in the stunning surroundings of Swinton Park. Whether you are a total novice or a "seasoned pro" I defy you not to be inspired. Brilliant.

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Leyburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I booked the Thai cookery class as a xmas gift for a friend, we arrived not sure what to expect, it was wonderful from the welcome from the hotel staff onwards. Steve Bulmer the chef was fantastic, so helpful, full of tips , advice and lots of fun. I will certainly go again. Joan

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Just done a one day course on Northern Italian Food. It was fun, informative and delicious. Steve is a pro. By all means come from London to do this course but you don't need to go to London! Absolutely terrific. Can't wait to do the next one.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Just been to Steve Bulmers cookery class (Thai cookery). It was excellent, very informative, lots of tips, well organised and relaxed atmosphere. I was quite nervous at first but he seemed to put us all at our ease. Will certainly go back and do another course - maybe the italian one. Hotel and surroundings stunning and a real treat. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Steve Bulmer and his staff treated us to an excellent lunch. Which was made even better with his anecdote's and cooking tips. Would highly recommend even for people that are not experience cooks.

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Guisborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have attended the cookery school twice now and both times have been absolutely fantastic , very informative and huge fun thanks to Steve Bulmer's relaxed and informal style. I was a little nervous before the first visit and worried that it may be "chef-y" and intimidating , how far from the truth! In beautiful surroundings , the staff are... More 

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