Learn the tricks of the trade
If you fancy going beyond just eating fantastic food and are interested in learning how to make it yourself, then look no further. We’re pleased to report that there are plenty of opportunities to learn from the professionals in Brighton and Hove – from Indian cuisine to Cocktail masterclasses.
Cookery Classes in Brighton and Hove
Want to know how that amazing dish you had in your favourite restaurant was created? These cookery classes with some of the city’s top chefs will give you an insight into how they do what they do. Learn some top tips and handy hints from the people in the know, but do not expect to learn everything, some chef secrets will always remain behind the kitchen door.
Indian Summer – At home cookery lessons
Indian Summer Chef, Minesh Agnihotri offers authentic Indian cooking lessons within a ten-mile radius of the restaurant (BN1 1HQ). All ingredients are included and brought to your home, including any extra equipment you may need. Classes are £160 for 4 people and last around 5 hours. Book early to ensure your slot as weekends get very busy!
The Grand – GB1 Cookery school
Under the expert guidance of The Grand’s executive chef and seafood expert Alan White, the GB1 Cookery School is perfect for keen cooks who wish to learn more about local fish available from the Sussex coast, seasonality, ingredients that complement different types of fish and the methods of preparing and cooking seafood. This class incorporates the fantastic array of locally sourced fish used in 2 AA Rosette-Awarded, GB1 Restaurant.
Lessons cost £100 per person and take around 2 hours. Included in the price is a £10 voucher for local fish suppliers Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales, a 20% off GB1 restaurant code, Apron and more.
Moshimo – Sushi Workshops
Learn the secrets of why MOSHIMO has become Brighton’s best-loved sushi restaurant at their bi-weekly sushi making Masterclass. You’ll get to make maki, temaki, and nigiri sushi – and you’ll get to eat what you make, helped along with a complimentary Kirin beer, a flask of saké or a soft drink of your choice. Classes take place on alternate Sundays, 7pm – 9.30pm, and cost £35.
Real Patisserie – Bread baking classes
Ever wondered how to make the prefect sourdough or baguette at home, well now you can with a Real Patisserie masterclass. Learn and perfect five different kneading and baking techniques to fit with different types of loaf. Baking classes are informal and fun, taking place at the Kemptown branch. Classes cost £80 per person including coffee and lunch, plus you get to take all your bread home with you. These get full very quickly and take place one Sunday of every month from 11am till 4pm.
Cocktail masterclasses in Brighton and Hove
Have you got a cupboard full of lovely bottles of spirits but never manage to create a drink that makes the most of them? These cocktail masterclasses could be for you then. Brighton has a wealth of excellent cocktail bars who run regular classes on the art of mixology. Why not sign up for one of these classes and impress your friends with your Tom Cruise-esque Cocktail skills at your next party.
Merkaba – Cocktail masterclasses and private hire
Merkaba is a cocktail bar situated in the heart of Brighton’s buzzing North Laine area, at My Hotel, just a stroll away from the beach and train station. Why not try one of their cocktail masterclasses? You and your group will be welcomed with a drink before having expert tuition by experienced cocktail bartenders. If you have a favourite cocktail, let your tutor know and they will show you how to make it. Get ready for a flaming finale! Min: 6 Max: 20 £30/head
The Salt Room – Cocktail Masterclass
We all know and love the Salt Room for it’s incredible seafood offerings and dreamy seafront location, but they are now offering the chance to learn the tricks of the trade from head barman, Matt Ottley. Learn about the history of cocktails, different types of apparatus, how to wow your dinner party guests and of course, taste your creations! Includes 5 cocktails and a welcome glass of fizz for £40 per head.
Waterhouse Bar & Terrace – Cocktail Masterclass
The Waterhouse Bar and Terrace, part of the Hilton Metropole, serves all day dining and expertly mixed cocktails in a setting that celebrates Brighton from its Victorian hay day to the present. For a truly decedent celebration or even a work do with a difference book in with one of their resident mixologists for a cocktail making masterclass. Learn when to shake or stir, pour and layer a selection of four cocktails, and enjoy the fruit of your labours in this stunning venue.
Hotel Du Vin – Wine tasting & Cocktail masterclasses
Wednesday Wine Tastings are held at Hotel du Vin Brighton monthly. They focus on which wines goes with which food – classic combinations, unusual ones and what to avoid. Each tasting starts at 6.30pm with tickets for £25 per person and includes tastings of up to 6 wines & canapés. The cocktail masterclasses also run monthly, with expert mixologists guiding you through how to make three seriously delicious concoctions (also £25).
Brighton Rocks – Cocktail Classes
From the classic cocktails to the more elaborate ones, come and learn everything you need to know! Begin the course with a welcome drink on arrival, and enjoy two additional cocktails. Their experienced cocktail bartenders will guide you through each stage in the process of making a cocktail during which there’s plenty of boozy fun and a little history lesson thrown in for good measure. Book a cocktail class with your friends, for your employees or offer it as a gift…it’s guaranteed fun and a great way to start your night. It’s only £30 per person and you get plenty of drink too!
Koba – Cocktail Masterclass
Step behind the bar at KOBA into your very own cocktail-making class and learn how to make some fabulous creations! With a welcome drink in hand, let their expert mixologists introduce you to some of the tricks of the trade and discover some of the secrets behind their award-winning creations. Then get hands-on and put your creations to the taste test! Each cocktail class lasts approx. 90 minutes dependent on numbers and each person will receive a welcome glass of Prosecco, 2 delicious KOBA cocktails and a shooter for £24.95 per person.
Want to know your shiraz from your syrah or your Chablis from your chardonnay? Well these wine tasting classes could be for you. Learn how to taste and smell your way around a wine list, how to match wines to food and how best to experience the joys of the grape. Take your wine knowledge to the next level so that you can select your wines with confidence.
Ten Green Bottles – Private and group wine tastings
Ten Green Bottles are well known for offering a fantastic range of wines to drink in and takeaway, but did you know they also host a huge range of wine tastings? Whether you are after a private tasting session for two or perhaps a larger work party then they can point you in the right direction. Recent wine tasting event themes have included Natural Wines and Organic Wines and are always popular so book fast! If you’d rather host a wine tasting at home then this can also be arranged, just contact the shop for more information.
Seven Cellars – Wine Tastings and Winemaker events
Seven Cellars has been a welcome addition to the Seven Dials community. They offer over 1000 wines, a huge selection of fresh and cask ales, as well as local craft beers and spirits. They often hold wine tasting events where either Louise or Matt (wine buffs and graduates of Plumpton College) showcase their favourite bottles or invite winemakers to come and speak for an evening about a certain grape or region. They also offer private wine tasting parties at your house – contact the shop to find out more.
Fourth and Church – Wine tastings and talks
The superb Fourth and Church in Hove host regular tasting events and talks that are not to be missed. These are not lessons as such, more experiences that will open your eyes to a whole new world of wine, sherry and more. You do not need to be an aficionado to attend one of these events, as the extremely knowledgeable staff will help you along the way, but you will be by the time you leave.