Food Adventures in Nottinghamshire – part 2

Continuing on with Food Adventures in Nottinghamshire, a visit wouldn’t be complete without immersing yourself into a course from award-winning cookery school, The School of Artisan Food. The courses range from taster to professional and cover: baking, cheese making and butchery amongst others. I took part in a Chocolate Making course with a very fabulous chocolatier who knows her beans, Shelly Preston.

chocolates

Look what I made *proud face*

The course is spendy at £145, but it’s a full day and you use top quality ingredients with lunch and light snacks included – you won’t go hungry. You also get to take home what you make. This is a real chocolate lovers course, where you learn about the differing qualities of chocolate, how to expertly ‘temper’ chocolate, explore different flavour combinations and more usefully, tips on how to make it yourself at home. The course is full-on, fantastic, fun!

Food festival
Little Sample of Festival Goodies

Duck wrap

Crispy Duck Wrap from The Duck Truck £5

Depending on what time of year you visit, explore one of the many festivals laid on, Clumber Park’s Festival of Food and Drink is a good one. It has all you would expect from a food festival with local suppliers showing off their wares, food stalls, and demos with the likes of Phil Vickery. You might even be able to get a taster of one the courses from The School of Artisan Food. Sign up to the newsletter to find out about plans and dates for 2015.

Hideaway Lodge Bedroom
Master Bedroom

Hideaway Lodge
Rustic VIP Lodge

And lastly, if you need a place to stay, it has to be at the The Sherwood Hideaway in Perlethorpe Newark. This gem of a lodge is pretty centrally located to all the places mentioned in these posts. Must admit though, whilst having a car is not essential it does make getting about a lot easier. I didn’t get a chance to make full use of the luxury lodge, like the hot tub, but the setting is beautiful and it’s immaculately designed with my favourite Molton Brown toiletries – it is a true hideaway. Only quibble is that is doesn’t have the greatest wifi reception. A three-night stay in the Rustic VIP lodge is from £399 and sleeps 4.

A visit to Nottinghamshire makes for great break whatever time of year. What’s Nott to love?

Missed part 1? You can read it here.

Many thanks to Experience Nottinghamshire for organising the trip. #lovenotts

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