Heav­enly foodie hol­i­days – there’s one for you!

What could be bet­ter than learn­ing to cook lo­cal dishes on your fab­u­lous trip away and bring­ing home new skills to share with loved ones?

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Fancy a gas­tro get­away where you can learn to cook like a lo­cal? Our guide will give you food for thought

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Iconic Chew­ton Glen Ho­tel & Spa in Hamp­shire has launched a new cook­ery school and restau­rant, both over­seen by celebrity chef James Martin. The 12-sta­tion cook­ery school, un­der chef tu­tor Rob Cot­tam, fea­tures a se­lec­tion of cour­ses and demos, in­clud­ing Mid­dle East­ern and James Martin’s Per­fect Pud­dings. Chew­ton Glen’s gar­dens pro­vide most of the veg­eta­bles, fruit and herbs, and guests are en­cour­aged to for­age.


Half-day and full-day classes range from £45 to £225, and there are also kids’ cour­ses at week­ends and dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days. Gar­den rooms at Chew­ton Glen start from £325 per night. Visit chew­ton­glen.com.

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For a lux­u­ri­ous gourmet get­away on the stun­ning Isle of Skye, an is­land with a blos­som­ing food scene, head to Kin­loch Lodge Ho­tel & Restau­rant. Here, a three-night foodie stay fast tracks you to the is­land’s best food hot spots.

Kin­loch’s Cook­ery Work­shops al­low guests to peek be­hind the doors of a top-flight pro­fes­sional kitchen and see some of the Miche­lin magic. Hosted by chef-di­rec­tor Mar­cello Tully, there are lots of tast­ings and chat while Mar­cello guides and shares tips from his years work­ing with chef roy­alty, in­clud­ing the Roux broth­ers.

You’ll also meet lo­cal pro­duc­ers and ar­ti­sans and sam­ple the best is­land eater­ies on the self-guided Gas­tro­nomic Tour. Find your­selves right by the shore, learn­ing how to cul­ti­vate oys­ters and tast­ing them fresh out of the sea, be­fore head­ing for a tour and whisky tast­ing at Talisker Dis­tillery. You’ll fin­ish off with a tasty lunch at the Oys­ter­shed – or­der a plate of He­bridean scal­lops in gar­lic but­ter or fresh lob­ster. Both are de­li­cious. The gourmet break ends with Kin­loch’s seven-course tast­ing menu din­ner.


Three nights cost from £819 per per­son, based on two shar­ing a dou­ble or twin stan­dard sea view room. Call 01471 833 333 or visit kin­loch-lodge.co.uk.

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Celebrity chef Rose­mary Shrager, who starred in Soap­star Su­perchef, has her own cook­ery school in The Pan­tiles, Tun­bridge Wells. The school runs half-, one- and two-day cour­ses, fo­cus­ing on ev­ery­thing from butch­ery to the per­fect Christ­mas ta­ble.

Stay a stone’s throw away in The Tun­bridge Wells Ho­tel, full of gor­geous antiques and quirky art­works. You can also mooch around The Pan­tiles – a colon­naded stretch of shops in the heart of this pretty spa town.


A one-day course at the Rose­mary Shrager Cook­ery School costs from £160. Visit rose­maryshrager.com. A lux­ury dou­ble room at The Tun­bridge Wells Ho­tel costs from £149 per night with break­fast (thetun­bridgewell­shotel.com).

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Belle Isle Cas­tle Es­tate in beau­ti­ful County Fer­managh is a fab­u­lous place to go with a group of like-minded food­ies to en­joy its state-of-the-art cook­ery school. From in­ter­na­tional cuisines to sum­mer bar­be­cue mas­ter­classes, the cook­ery school is the first of its kind in North­ern Ire­land. Em­bark on a be­spoke cook­ery course, learn more with culi­nary demon­stra­tions or book a group din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The es­tate also has a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties to com­ple­ment the cook­ing,

The homely one

A foodie get­away with Cheshire Coun­try Hol­i­days re­veals there’s a lot more to Cheshire’s culi­nary scene than cheese. Its three-day gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ence al­lows you to taste tra­di­tional foods of the Cheshire re­gion while stay­ing at 17th-cen­tury Grade Ii-listed Brook­bank Farm, which has views of the world-fa­mous Lovell Te­le­scope. With break­fast, din­ner and a ‘Taster’ lunch pro­vided by the award­win­ning lo­cal Yel­low Broom restau­rant, there’s also a wine and cheese tast­ing, as well as a hands-on cook­ery class at such as fish­ing and ca­noe­ing, as well as stun­ning walk­ing trails to en­joy.


Stay on the es­tate in the self-cater­ing Cath­carts Lodge Cas­tle, which sleeps six and costs from £680 for five nights. For larger groups en­joy­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, book Belle Isle Cas­tle it­self, which sleeps up to 26 guests and costs £1,580 per night. Cook­ery cour­ses start from £85 per per­son. Visit belle-isle.com.

Aer Lingus flies three times daily from Lon­don Heathrow to Belfast City from £50.99 one way (aer­lin­gus.com). the Speck­led Hen Cook­ery School – in­tro to bread mak­ing, any­one?


From £329 per per­son, based on 12 shar­ing. Visit cheshire­coun­try­hol­i­days.co.uk.

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Italy is known as one of the best foodie des­ti­na­tions in the world. Head to Tuscany with Flavours Hol­i­days for the per­fect mix of cook­ing, eat­ing and ex­plor­ing the re­gion. A chef hosts three cook­ing lessons, teach­ing you a range of mouth-wa­ter­ing lo­cal dishes, such as ri­bol­lita (a hearty veg­etable stew) and pici (spaghetti with wild boar or rab­bit sauce). You’ll also have time to lose your­selves in Florence’s an­cient streets and en­joy a pri­vate wine tast­ing.


Th­ese foodie short breaks are hosted in a small se­lec­tion of hand-picked vil­las and honey-coloured farm­houses. A three-night trip costs from £899 per per­son, in­clud­ing all ac­tiv­i­ties, meals and wine. It also in­cludes £100 to­wards the flight, along with trans­fers from Pisa Air­port. Visit flavour­shol­i­days.co.uk. Easyjet flies from Lon­don Gatwick to Pisa from £28.99 one way.

Provençal The one

Chef a la Mai­son is the brand-new ex­pe­ri­ence with Sum­mer France’s self-cater­ing hol­i­days in Provence. It in­volves lo­cal chef Eric Viens pre­par­ing a three-course meal for a group of friends or fam­ily in their ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Rési­dence Provence Coun­try Club lo­cated in the Luberon moun­tain range, while also pass­ing on his recipes and skills. Try your hand at bouil­l­abaisse, for in­stance, the di­vine tra­di­tional Provençal fish stew. You’ll learn ev­ery­thing you need so you can repli­cate the dishes back home.

The ru­ral one

Dis­cover An­dalucía’s ru­ral re­gion, the High Alpu­jar­ras, on a seven-night hol­i­day, with for­ag­ing walks, paella demon­stra­tions, a stroll around Almería mar­ket, a wine tour of an award-win­ning bodega (wine shop) and vis­its to cheese and olive oil pro­duc­ers.


Chap­ters Hol­i­days’

In­sight to the High Alpu­jar­ras tour costs from £1,285 per per­son on a half-board ba­sis (with pic­nic or tapas lunches), in­clud­ing flights, trans­fers and lo­cal trans­port. Visit chap­ter­shol­i­days.co.uk.


Sum­mer France of­fers a four-night stay at the Rési­dence Provence Coun­try Club from £123 per per­son, based on eight shar­ing. Re­turn flights from Lon­don to Mar­seilles cost from £62 with Ryanair (ryanair.com). Cook­ery demos cost from £17.50 per head. The food bought for the evening costs ex­tra, and Eric can also show guests around the lo­cal mar­kets and vine­yards for an ad­di­tional cost. Visit sum­mer­france.co.uk.

If you love Greek food, head to the Blue Palace Re­sort & Spa on the is­land of Crete, where cou­ples can now take part in a Greek cook­ing class. With the fo­cus on lo­cal flavours, you’ll learn ev­ery­thing from the aro­matic dol­madakia

(vine wraps with rice and herbs) to how to whisk up a prawn saganaki. Great recipes for im­press­ing din­ner party guests back home!


El­e­gant Re­sorts of­fers seven nights at Blue Palace Re­sort & Spa from £1,325 per per­son half board, in­clud­ing flights, pri­vate trans­fers and UK air­port lounge passes. Visit el­e­gantre­sorts.co.uk.

Cook­ery classes cost from around £110 per cou­ple. Visit bluepalace.gr.

Stay un­der the Tuscan sun with Flavours Hol­i­days

The pic­turesque Rési­dence Provence Coun­try Club

Whip up a healthy ri­bol­lita

Learn to tra­di­tional cook bouil­l­abaisse

Per­fect your paella

Belle Isle Cas­tle cham­pi­ons North­ern Ir­ish cui­sine

Mmm… En­joy bub­bles with your af­ter­noon tea!

Learn new skills with celeb chef Rose­mary Shrager

The Lovell Te­le­scope

Chew­ton Glen Ho­tel & Spa has glo­ri­ous grounds in which to for­age

Pick up tips from Kin­loch’s Mar­cello Tully

Kin­loch Lodge is sur­rounded by nat­u­ral beauty

Put on your apron for cook­ery school

Blue Palace Re­sort’s Flame restau­rant over­looks Spina­longa is­land

En­joy fresh-fromthe-sea fish

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