Bookings now being taken at England’s first country skills and cookery school…
Vale House Kitchen, located in the quaint village of Timsbury, has officially opened its doors to budding foodies looking to learn about foraging and cooking. To celebrate the launch of this exciting new cookery school, VIP guests spent the day taking part in a range of course taster sessions with some of the most influential tutors in the UK, including head tutor and former River Cottage guru, Tim Maddams. The day finished with an early evening barbecue and drinks, prepared and cooked by resident Vale House Kitchen chefs. Jealous? Us? Well, yes, actually.
Owners of Vale House Kitchen, Bod and Annie Griffiths, say of the venture, ‘After years of dreaming, working and fine-tuning it is amazing to see our vision come to life. With sustainability and preservation of traditional rural skills at the heart of our ethos we are very excited to have the support of such skilled tutors at Vale House Kitchen. Our principal desire is to teach passionate foodies such as ourselves how to live off the land and celebrate the true British gastronomic heritage.’
Bod and Annie cooked up the idea of a field-to-fork learning experience after a day’s fishing trip in 2011, when they created a meal together using fish from the local river and their own home-grown or foraged veggies. At Vale House Kitchen, they are offering the chance to do this and much, much more; students can improve fishing skills (or, indeed, acquire them) and try shooting, foraging, brewing and butchery, in addition to a variety of cookery and baking courses, and will be expertly guided through by award-winning tutors.
The pair work well together – Bod’s business and customer service skills, honed while working in the City, complement Annie’s holistic tutoring background, ensuring all guests at Vale House benefit from a warm, engaging and infectiously enjoyable learning environment. Full details of all the courses, gift certificates and how to book are now available on the website.