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6 of the best cookery classes in the North East and Yorkshire

Looking for a wholesome activity where you can learn a new skill, make new friends and have fun? We’ve got you.

Written by High Life North
Published 27.01.2024
ZUCCHINI PASTA BAR, NEWCASTLE

ZUCCHINI PASTA BAR, NEWCASTLE

Course: Fresh pasta masterclass

Price: £60pp including a drink on arrival, garlic bread and up to five plates of pasta.

This cookery class in Newcastle teaches the art of making fresh pasta, taught by one of Zucchini’s own pasta chefs. Enjoy a drink on arrival before learning to make a range of pasta shapes and gnocchi. The best part? The chef then takes it off to the kitchen so that you can enjoy your own creations in a selection of sauces.

We have friends that have done this course recently and they’re now addicted to making fresh pasta at home… 

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LA CHOCOLATRICE, COUNTY DURHAM

LA CHOCOLATRICE, COUNTY DURHAM

Course: Chocolate making experience (plus seasonal workshops throughout the year)

Price: from £45pp

90-minutes choc-ful of fun. La Chocolatrice is an independent business based in Coxhoe founded by Zoë, who was inspired to bring the magic of French chocolate back to the North East after working as a chocolatier in Paris.

Enjoy a fun introduction to the art of chocolate making (with lots of tasting). You’ll learn how to make chocolate truffles, flakes and crisps, experimenting with different flavours and techniques.

They also run seasonal workshops – including an upcoming Galentine’s Chocolate Making Workshop and Easter Egg Making.

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THAI HOME COOKING, SOUTH SHIELDS

THAI HOME COOKING, SOUTH SHIELDS

Course: Learn how to make a three-course Thai meal (various menus available)

Price: £55pp

A fun-filled Thai cookery course in the North East, which is actually hosted in founder Santana’s own kitchen in South Shields. Classes run for around three hours and all of the ingredients and equipment are provided. With a range of menus to suit all tastes and dietary requirements, choose from Massaman curry, Pad Thai noodles, classic Thai green curry and more.

Following the cookery class, you’re invited to sit down and enjoy your delicious creation. Suitable for all experience levels.

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LINNELS FARM, HEXHAM

LINNELS FARM, HEXHAM

Course: Various

Price: from £85pp 

Linnels Farm in Hexham offers a range of courses, from cookery to crafts and gardening.

Their cookery classes are usually full-day experiences which include a delicious breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

From marmalade to breads and macarons, you’ll learn cookery and baking skills from the experts – and leave with your fresh goodies to enjoy.

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THE GRAND HOTEL, YORK

THE GRAND HOTEL, YORK

Course: Various

Price: from £75pp

The cookery school at The Grand Hotel, York is state-of-the art and offers a variety of courses designed for everyone, from beginners to aspiring chefs.

Try an express two-hour course to perfect a certain dish – from curries to pasta and steak – or take a half-day course to perfect your Sunday lunch, uplevel your Spanish tapas game or learn how to make artisan bread.

The full day courses take a deep-dive into different skills – from pastry to French Brasserie. Or treat yourself to an experience day where the team divulge their Michelin secrets…

They also have super cute parent and child classes where you can learn how to make basic dishes together.

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BLACKFRIARS, NEWCASTLE

BLACKFRIARS, NEWCASTLE

Course: Various 

Price: from £29.00

The purpose-built training facility at beloved Newcastle restaurant Blackfriars offers a packed calendar of cookery class options throughout the year. Learn how to perfect a pizza in a matter of hours or spend a Saturday immersing yourself in learning the art of a specific cuisine.

We think the boozy socials are a great solo activity to make new friends and meet likeminded people. The tacos and tequila class looks so fun.

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