Cookery School |Forest of Dean

About Us

Harts Barn Cookery School is all about ‘COOKING FOR ALL’ from Banquets to Basics. We are based in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire on an awe inspiring site dating back to 1068. We view cooking as an essential life skill – our ethos of ‘Cooking For All’ means that we offer classes that are accessible, affordable, give confidence and are lots of fun. All classes offer a hands-on element and will focus on gaining practical skills and knowledge. We believe in the ‘socialisation’ of food, bringing people together whether they are learning a new skill in the kitchen to sitting down and enjoying the soiree! As well as cookery classes we run regular events, pop up restaurants, a Hire-A-Chef service, parties, corporate packages, Chef demos and have a wonderful Earth Oven and 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 the Brownies through to the WI and blue-chip organisations.The School has been featured on national TV (ITV and Channel 4) and 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 business.  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.

Our Location

Our location is very special. The glass-fronted Cookery School overlooks beautiful Gloucestershire hills and is a wonderful place for children’s parties, hen parties or a group of friends wanting to have fun.

We have excellent facilities for room hire, conferencing and parties in the Apple Barn.  The Cookery School and surrounds is also available for location hire to film and TV companies.

The Cookery School has been built to showcase its historic and picturesque surroundings. At it’s heart – 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 working 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.

We are situated on the very edge of The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, South West England about one hour from Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford –  close to The Cotswolds and only  2/ 2.5 hours to London.