cookery schools_theo randallBest for… restaurants with cookery classes in London and the UK

As the UK’s appreciation for fine food increases, so too has our appetite for learning new skills in the kitchen. It’s no longer enough to watch Hugh wrestle with rhubarb on the telly; we want to be out there, learning first-hand from the professionals. And it seems as if the restaurants are starting to realise this, as increasing numbers launch their own classes. And where better to brush up your culinary skills than in a top-flight restaurant?

Jam Tree ClaphamThe Jam Tree, Clapham

Already well-established in Chelsea and Kensington, The Jam Tree has gone south with its latest offering – to Clapham.

New Street GrillNew Street Grill at the Old Bengal Warehouse

Restaurant group D&D London has been busy of late, simultaneously opening three venues in the City’s redeveloped Old Bengal Warehouse complex. New Street Grill is the flagship destination: its Josper grill churns out 28-day aged steaks, quality burgers and seafood, the wine list majors in suitably beefy reds from around the globe, while the ‘rough-luxe’ space is brightened up with cool artworks from nearby Hoxton Gallery.

briarfields at titchwell 2011

Focus on: restaurants in north Norfolk

Dubbed ‘Chelsea-on-Sea’ because of its popularity with the ‘up from London’ crowd, this stretch of the Norfolk coast from Hunstanton in the west to Sheringham and Cromer is hardly a well-kept secret, but it’s well worth exploring if you’re fond of seascapes and sailing, expanses of marshland, muddy creeks and local fish.