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delicious TEST REPORT


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WHERE Lucknam Park Cookery School, Colerne, Wiltshire

THE COURSE Fish and shellfish, £175 for a full day (includes lunch and other treats)


WHAT IT’S LIKE Driving up towards Lucknam Park, a much-garlanded country house hotel near Bath, the magnificent setting stopped me in my tracks: horses trotted past the grand Cotswold-stone mansion, flowers lit up the borders of the manicured lawns and the sound of traffic faded away into the distance.

The estate, set in 500 acres of parkland, was purchased by a shipping family in 1994, and the place now functions as a hotel, spa, equestrian centre and cookery school. The school is set inside a cottage, a short stroll from the main hotel. The kitchen is rustic yet modern, designed to mimic a domestic kitchen so the dishes can easily be re-created at home. I was greeted by Ben Taylor, my teacher for the day, with an offer of coffee, homemade pastries and the chance to get to know my fellow course-goers.

WHAT I LEARNED Ben’s knowledge of fish and shellfish is remarkable, from sourcing the best produce to creating intricate dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients. The general consensus among the group was that preparing and cooking fish is daunting, but by the end of our stint in the kitchen we’d made canapés, starters and mains using mussels, tiger prawns, lemon sole, lobster, sea bass and more.

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February’s chill needs warming delicious. cheer: you'll find it in month’s feature-packed issue: American pancakes 3-ways; definitive Sunday roasts (lamb & chicken); cooking with clams; recipes with citrus zing; the best TV chill-out snacks; 3-in-1 beef stew; wholesome baking with Jordan Bourke; Chetna Makan’s feelgood brunch; the power of pulses; lighter comfort food; queen of puddings; DIY English muffins; Som Saa's Thai curry and much, much more… What are you waiting for?