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12pm - 2pm
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Cookery and Wine School 2015/16

Now recognised as one of the county's top cookery and wine schools, we offer a wide range of courses suitable for adults and children of all levels of ability.

Why not give a course as a gift for friends and family? We can supply registrations in an attractive gift format.

Aprons and workbooks are provided.

Download our Cookery and Wine School brochure here

Brookes Restaurant Cookery School

Unless otherwise specified, adult courses start at 9.15am for coffee, with the course itself running from 9.30am to 2.30pm (approx.). All courses finish with a light lunch and glass of wine or soft drink. Please click on the courses listed below for more details and for any queries, please email Amanda Belz:

Vegetarian Cooking

9.15am 2.30pm

Price £85

Whether you're a vegetarian or not you'll come away from this course knowing how to make the most of local, seasonal produce.

Our Head Chef, Richard Watson is regularly complimented on the vegetarian options he selects for the Brookes Restaurant menu and in this course he will teach you how to make some of them!

Richard will be sharing his secrets for success and some useful hints and tips along the way.

Pastry Delights

9.15am 2.30pm

Price £85

Join us for an exciting day learning how to make your very own delicious croissants and Danish pastries.

This course is very hands-on, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves to create some scrumptious buttery delights.

Taste of the Mediterranean

9.15am 2.30pm

Price £85

With summer around the corner let us take you on a gastronomic tour around the Mediterranean.

You will be shown how to prepare and cook a feast of dishes from a variety of Mediterranean countries, together with lots of tips, talking and tasting.

Spanish Tapas

9.15am 2.30pm

Price £85

Let us take you on a gastronomic tour of Spain, creating a number of vibrant and flavourful Spanish dishes!

This practical course will start with demonstrations by Leon, who represented Oxford Brookes University at international level competition in Spain, two years running, and has a real passion for Spanish food and wine.

Classic Bread

9.15am 2.30pm

Price £85

This course is a firm favourite. Attendees are always amazed at what they produce and take home.

Be prepared to roll your sleeves up as this course is very hands on. You will be making the doughs by hand using top quality flour and grains from our local mill.

You will be given advice and tips on how to knead, prove and bake to get the best results.

At the end of the session we will sit down to some lovely homemade bread, local cheeses and a glass of wine or soft drink.

Summer Vegetarian Course

9.15am 2.30pm

Price £85

Victoria Buob-Aldorf, who runs our 'Taste of France' course, will be returning to introduce you to some vegetarian dishes that are perfect for the summer!

Fresh back from her recent travels she will show you how to make some vibrant and exciting salads, a baked Mediterranean aubergine cheesecake, goat's cheese shallot tart tatin, a crisp seeded flatbread and borani (Iranian beetroot dip).

Junior Cookery School

The Junior Cookery School courses are suitable for ages 8 to 14. All courses finish with a light lunch which includes a soft drink. Please click on the courses listed below for more details and for any queries, please email Amanda Belz:

Simply Summer

9.00am - 1.45pm

Price £39

Thursday 2 June 2016


In this fun hands on session, we will be teaching how to cook some colourful dishes that can be enjoyed during the summer month, followed by lunch in Brookes Restaurant.

Brookes Restaurant Wine School

Join our Wine School to complete two great courses offered by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Start with the basics and develop your knowledge over time. Please note that attendees must be 18 years or over. Click on the courses listed below for more details and for any queries, please email Jonathan Warhurst:

A full refund will be given for cancellations received in writing at least FOUR weeks prior to the course. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than FOUR weeks prior to the course. Non-arrivals will be charged the full fee. A substitute student is welcome at no extra cost. Oxford Brookes University reserves the right to alter the programme without notice.

"Every course I attend is run so professionally, their inspiration and attention to detail is amazing."

"Great finish to our ten week course, let loose using our new skills from boning chicken, filleting the fish to creating delicate puddings, a real must for anyone wishing to develop their skills."

"A great way to spend a Saturday, with lunch adding an extra touch to an already positive experience."

"The bread course far outweighed my expectations."