We're about halfway through winter and with chilly days and even chillier nights, sometimes cooking something for tea is the last thing on your mind. Lainston House's executive chef, Andrew Birch, can help you change that with the Season Cookery School 'Winter Warmers' class. The full day course will be held at Lainston House's Season Cookery School in Winchester on January 28th from 9:30am till 4:30pm.
The class will cover a range of rich and hearty meals that are perfect for cold winter days. Think things like soups, Welsh cawl and stews. Most of the produce comes fresh from the Season Cookery School garden, and you'll also get tips for buying your own quality seasonal produce.
The full day courses start at 9:30am on the dot. It's recommended you arrive a bit earlier around 9am. This gives you time to grab a coffee and a bit of a chat. It'll also give your chef and other staff a chance to go over protocols for the day, safety information, and any allergens that the group has. You won't be cooking for the whole six hours. Lunch is provided as part of the class, but it's not cooked by any of the chefs. You'll be making your own lunch, and will get a chance to chat to other class members and the chef as everyone sits down for lunch on the long wooden table. After lunch it's back to the kitchen where you'll make something tasty to bring home for later.
The Winter Warmers class is led by Andrew Birch. You might recognise him from his stint the Great British Menu, but he's also worked at Tean on the Isle of Scilly and at the Michelin-starred Montagu Arms in the New Forest.
Tickets for the class are £195 per person, and can be purchased online from the Season Cookery School Website. Lainston House is about a 15 mile drive from Southampton. If you don't fancy the drive home in the evening after the cooking class, you can always book a room at Lainston House for the night.