Cookery School |Forest of Dean

About Us

Harts Barn Cookery School is all about cooking for all – all ages and skill levels are catered for, and we teach everything from banquets to basics!

We provide a huge range of regular classes, workshops, supper clubs and events plus we welcome group bookings, parties, corporate and private hire. All classes offer a hands-on element and focus on gaining practical skills and knowledge as well as being enjoyable! For our up-to-date class list please see here.

We view cooking as an essential life skill. Our ethos of ‘cooking for all’ means that we offer classes that are accessible, practical, affordable, give confidence and are lots of fun. We believe in the ‘socialisation’ of food, bringing people together whether they are learning a new skill in the kitchen or sitting down and enjoying the soiree! As well as cookery classes we run regular events, pop up restaurants, a Hire-A-Chef service, and provide parties, corporate packages, chef demos and have a wonderful earth oven, fire pit and large courtyard area for outdoor cooking experiences.

The school was officially opened by Adam Henson in June 2011 and we have received great support from many local community groups and organisations. We run classes and events for local schools and cooking experiences for everyone from the Brownies through to the WI and blue-chip organisations. The school has been featured on national TV (ITV and Channel 4), radio and in the press.

We have excellent facilities for room hire, conferencing and parties in our Apple Barn next door also. The cookery school and surrounds are also available for location hire to film and TV companies.

Our Location

Harts Barn Cookery School is in a very special building and location in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The glass-fronted cookery school is on an awe inspiring site and surrounded by stunning countryside overlooking beautiful Gloucestershire hills.

The school was built to showcase its historic and picturesque surroundings. At its heart is a magnificent Norman Hunting Lodge, one of the oldest properties in the Forest of Dean built by William Duke of Normandy in 1068. The historic farm site has a 17th century cider mill and press, and its heritage pear and apple orchards today make traditional cider, perry and beautiful juices. The entire site is now heated by biomass heaters and a bio-dynamic garden is being lovingly nurtured to provide the best quality ingredients nature can provide.

The Harts Barn site is home to many talented craftspeople and artists with shops selling everything from jewellery and wood carvings to modern art and vintage homeware as well as having a health and beauty centre. At Harts Barn Craft Centre there is a small lake, picnic area and award-winning tea room for those wishing to combine their cooking experience with a great day out. Click here to read more about Harts Barn Craft Centre.

Harts Barn Cookery School is situated on the very edge of the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, South West England about one hour from Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford and only 2.5 hours from London.

If you would like to find out more about what we can provide for you, please get in contact.