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THE COOKERY SCHOOL

WHERE Eckington Manor Cookery School, Worcestershire (eckingtonmanorcookeryschool.co.uk)

THE COURSE Restaurant Dishes at Home, all-day (£175)

TESTED BY Phoebe Stone

WHAT IT’S LIKE Arriving at Eckington Manor is like stepping onto an island of rural bliss, surrounded by a sea of green pasture. The chocolate-box main house is the centre of attention, with beds of roses and lavender swooning in the breeze. But this is a working farm, too, a fact that isn’t lost on head chefs and partners, Sue and Mark Stinchcombe.

“We’re lucky,” says Sue, “we’ve got the farm, orchard and allotment, so we can design the menu around what’s coming through the ground.” Mark, who won MasterChef: The Professionals in 2015, agrees: “It’s a chef’s dream to work in an environment where you can grow quality produce for the restaurant.” A purpose-built barn houses the school and restaurant, and there’s a neat bar, too, where you’re likely to find Eckington’s charismatic owner, Judy Gardner.

WHAT I LEARNED While I can whip up decent stews and soups, anything on the cheffier side of savoury has so far eluded me.

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The April issue of delicious. is packed full of Easter fun: a prep-ahead feast with timeplan, Nathan Outlaw’s outrageously good pies, Mary Berry’s perfect scones, seasonal bakes and a family quiz. And what would Easter be without chocolate? Try our dreamy choc puddings and make your own designer eggs. After all the fun, relax with one-pan midweek suppers and ideas for leftovers and money-saving meals. Plus all the tips and techniques to make you a better cook and a free egg recipe supplement.
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