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March 2019


Smoking and Curing Masterclass with Steve Lamb

Taught by smoking and preserving expert, Steven Lamb of River Cottage, this course will enable you to access the delicious sweet, salty and savoury world of cured & smoked artisan goods. Food preservation is such an important tool for anyone looking to grow as a cook. It allows you to take good ingredients and turn them into elevated versions of themselves. The person who turns pork belly into their own home cured bacon engages further than the one who just…

Course date: 24th March 2019

Price per person: £195

One Day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pig Butchery Course

Pig Butchery Day

Our Pig butchery day covers everything you need to know about keeping and butchering pigs. We start by talking about pig husbandry, the types of pigs that are kept and can show you our pigs here at Vale House Kitchen (we usually have some Oxford Sandy and Blacks in our orchard.) We then cover the breaking down of the pig into primary cuts and move onto roasting joints and chops.  Its then onto the art of sausage and salami making, followed…

Course date: 30th March 2019

Price per person: £195

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


April 2019

Foraging Course

Introduction to Foraging

Explore the bounty of the countryside with this fun and informative Introduction to Foraging Course. Come with us on a wild food foray in the woods, fields and hedgerows around Vale House Kitchen. On this one-day course you’ll find and prepare wild foods gaining knowledge, skills and experience from expert forager and landscape ecologist, Adrian Boots. You’ll not only learn to identify common wild foods, but also landscape features, habitats, associated trees and plants species, their relationships and seasonality with…

Course date: 11th April 2019

Price per person: £140

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Venison Butchery and Cookery Day

The premise for the design of the Venison Butchery and Cookery Day is that although the countryside is full of this fine, healthy meat, it’s often missing from the menu. This one day course will take you on a journey from field to fork. You’ll start with a talk and demonstration on how to skin and butcher a venison carcass and then have the chance to get involved hands-on, with a cookery session designed to show you how to get…

Course date: 13th April 2019

Price per person: £195

One Day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Game Butchery and Cookery Day

The trouble with game is that it’s often a case of feast or famine and it’s all to easy to get stuck in a rut with the cookery. The game cookery day is all about turning this tasty wild meat into great dishes. The day begins with an introductory talk, followed by a series of practical preparation and cookery tasks and some demonstrations designed to put game firmly back on the menu in your kitchen. You’ll be shown a modern…

Course date: 26th April 2019

Price per person: £195

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fly Fishing Course

Beginners Fly Fishing Course

This 1 day introduction to Fly Fishing course starts with a briefing at Vale House Kitchen before we head out with renowned fly fishing instructor Neil Keep to our local lakes. There you will work with him to learn all the skills and tricks to master this most elegant sport. After mastering the art of casting and learning about which flies will tempt the trout we will spend the day fishing and hopefully land a fair few for the table!…

Course date: 27th April 2019

Price per person: £180

1 day - 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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