Meet your host Kit at his home before taking a trip down to Hastings, one of the oldest beach launching fishing fleets in the UK. Meet the local fisherman, get a tour of the boats and purchase fish that you will bring back to cook during your cooking class ... More info ›
Meet your host Kit at his home before taking a trip down to Hastings, one of the oldest beach launching fishing fleets in the UK. Meet the local fisherman, get a tour of the boats and purchase fish that you will bring back to cook during your cooking class. On your way back, you will stop at Cooper’s farm, a small farm with Sussex cattle and pigs in the woods. Meet a passionate farmer and learn about how they raise cattle organically.
Back home, you will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Your menu may include hot smoked salmon with creamed horseradish, pan-fried pigeon breast in sour cherries and juniper served on a crouton, wild garlic pesto on focaccia or pasta, or a vegetable ratatouille. Your meal will conclude with a delicious dessert like apple crumble with custard.
Enjoy learning about the tips and techniques involved in preparing hearty English cuisine before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with your local host!
Kit is a fun and jovial Englishman and a foodie at heart. He credits his passion for cooking to his mother, a fantastic cook! His fondest childhood memories are about sitting around the dining table as a family at one meal deciding what the next meal would be. Kit joined the English army and kept finding himself gravitating to the mess hall as an officer. He eventually resigned from the army to follow his true passion – cooking.
Kit learned his craft from a master caterer who served everyone from celebrities to royalty in London. He went on to own a lobster shack in the Virgin Islands as well as a popular bar in Chelsea frequented by Princess Diana! Kit ran other restaurants in London before he decided to move to the English countryside with his family. He is passionate about teaching young chefs, educating people about local food and helping local producers and farmers. Kit lives in a medieval farmhouse and enjoys hosting travelers there.
For this experience, we recommend bringing appropriate footwear as well as a jacket or raincoat since you will be touring local farms and exploring the pastures.
Please note: Stonegate is an 80-minute train ride from London Bridge station. Allow for an additional 20-40 minutes to commute to London Bridge station for a total of 100-120 minutes commute each way. The complete farm tour + cooking class + meal experience is a full day experience.