Extend your cooking experience to a weekend of incredible experiences and stay at one of our impressive, trusted and local recommendations. Both of the venues below are just a short journey from where we host our hands-on courses or alternatively if you’d like us to join you wherever you are, we can prepare a bespoke package suited to you! We look forward to welcoming you to our hometown and surrounding areas!

The Gables Boutique B&B

Make your visit to The Cooking Experience even more exciting. Stay at The Gables Boutique Bed and Breakfast down the road in the High Street. Stuart is a wonderful host. The bedrooms are of the highest standard, beautifully designed and very cosy. Breakfast is memorable. Enjoy Stuart’s home made oatcakes with a pot of tea on arrival. Our lovely high street is right outside. Visit the new Wine Bar/Coffee Shop/light lunch place opposite Adnams our fabulous wine shop with culinary gifts, and Partridges where you can buy anything from 4oz nails to a gigantic Lawn Mower.

Looking for somewhere to celebrate a landmark birthday, anniversary or just any old excuse to party? Book all the four rooms at The Gables and spend a day with us up the road cooking up a feast. You can spend the day to finish in the afternoon or start later and spend the evening eating what you have cooked. Good wine will flow with much laughter. Then you stagger down the road to bed.

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Curates Cottage

Escape the new norm of being at home, the pressures of work or simply to indulge in a relaxing weekend away! This get away is exactly where you need to be, its a gorgeous, sprawling 19th century family house in the quiet village of Birch, nearby to Colchester.

The wonderful ‘cottagey’ ambience is filled throughout the entire home, rich in character and full of love. It sleeps 10 people and is complete with an impressive tennis court, a swimming pool and a sophisticated outside dining area with a barbecue too! It wouldn’t be a traditional cottage without the use of an AGA, an american fridge and a large kitchen and dining table – perfect for socialising, drinking well and eating until your hearts content!

If you’d like us to join you for some of your stay here, we would love to! We could offer you a package suited entirely around you, which could include : a hands-on cooking course for everyone to sociably pick up a new skill in the comfort of your holiday home! Or, we could take away any of the stress you often find in hosting for larger numbers and we could cater to the needs of your entire party! This is totally bespoke to you, we simply ask you what we can do to ensure you enjoy delicious food, have a wonderful stay and so you savor the time with your loved ones!

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Let’s cook!

Be it a cooking holiday, catering for an event or joining one of our upcoming courses  – we would love for you to experience a culinary experience, like no other!