Christmas at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School


Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS) has a few slots remaining within its Christmas party packages for 2016.  Ideal for small to medium-sized groups who want a foodie twist to their Christmas night out, the events are creative experiences staff will never forget.

Whether groups wish to cook for themselves or not, the school has something for everyone. Groups of up to 20 can don their aprons and create a three course meal before enjoying it in the school’s stunning dining room, or take up one of the more creative, themed experiences.  Options include packages where guests can make canapés, roll their own sushi, create delicious tapas, or learn how to make pasta from scratch. And if a spiced up Christmas is more appealing, the Asian Street Food Sessions involve cooking up some unusual Asian Street foods using lots of spices and flavours.

Each of the Christmas packages includes wine and/or beer, the chance to eat the prepared food and enjoy the surroundings of the gorgeous pillared kitchen and stylish dining room.

For groups of 20 or more seeking something less hands-on, the school offers cooking demonstrations followed either by tasters of the food demonstrated or a meal with wine; or beer and food matching sessions where guests explore beer and food using top quality Scottish produce, and locally produced craft ales.  Another option is a wine tasting or a Festive Fizz session with wines/fizz chosen by a wine expert.

Fiona Burrell, ENTCS principal, says:  “If the traditional corporate Christmas is not your thing, we have something so much more creative and fun for your team! Our Christmas Party packages are a great alternative and are a sociable way for groups of work colleagues to come together to both learn and have a good time.”

Prices for groups start at £55 plus vat per head.

To book a corporate event, visit: or call 0131 226 4314.

From planning recipes for Christmas day and festive parties to thinking up the perfect gift idea, the buzz of Christmas planning can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But this December, the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS) has a feast of festive foodie courses to help keep that buzz at a pleasant simmer. From ‘Christmas Baking’ to ‘Easy Entertaining’ and ‘Children’s Baking’, these courses are designed to inspire festive flavours, add some Christmas sparkle to a party, or simply distract the kids while Christmas shopping gets completed.

Festive courses this December include:

Christmas Baking. Saturday 3 December and Wednesday 7 December, 0945 – 1600

Get into the spirit of Christmas  and get your Christmas baking done on this 1 day course. Recipes include:  Christmas Cake with a ‘chocolate’ difference,  stollen, mince pies, cinnamon shortbread stars and pear, pecan and cranberry muffins. You will end the day full of festive spirt and laden with wonderful baking for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

Cost: £155

Three day Essentials. Wednesday 7 December until Friday 9 December, 0945 – 1600

This three day course is intended for complete beginners and teaches  the basic cookery skills which are essential and particularly relevant in the run up to Christmas. Each day students cook a variety of dishes some of which they will eat for lunch and the rest they  can take home. As the days progress everyone’s confidence increases and by the third day they will leave with new recipes and new skills.Techniques covered will include: knife skills; browning meat; pastry making; cooking with eggs; cake making; bread making; roasting; fish cookery; and cooking vegetables.

Cost: £435

Festive Fizz. Thursday 8 December, 1830 – 2100

Come and join us for an evening full of festive fizz and learn of the many ingenious ways man has sought to put bubbles in wine. By comparing proseccos, champagnes, cavas and New World sparklers, you will discover the fizz for you. This will be a fun and sociable evening and would be the ideal opportunity to get together with friends an alternative to a Christmas meal or an evening at the theatre.


Easy Entertaining. Saturday 10 December, 0945 – 1430

Get ready for the party season and make a great impression on your guests by learning to cook easy but impressive dishes. The day starts with coffee or tea and a short demonstration and introduction to the day’s recipes, which are beetroot and smoked salmon salad, herb crusted lamb and chocolate and orange pots served with almond and gin biscuits. The day ends between 2 – 2.30pm – leaving plenty of time for Christmas shopping.

Cost: £100

Christmas Canapes Demonstration. Tuesday 13 December, 1030 – 1230

Learn how to make several festive savoury and sweet canapes on this demonstration morning while enjoying a coffee and some of our delicious shortbread. At the end of the demonstration you will be able to taste the canapes with a glass of prosecco. This will be a fun and sociable morning and would be a perfect early Christmas present.

Cost: £45

Christmas Entertaining, Demonstration and Lunch. Wednesday 14 December, 1330 – 1330

It is always useful to have a few easy and tasty recipes up your sleeve, especially at Christmas time. Learn a few simple but delicious recipes for starters, mains and puddings at our Christmas Entertainining demonstration. You will be able to taste all the recipes made on the day and the demonstration will be followed by lunch and a glass of wine.

Cost: £55

Curries from Around the World 1. Saturday 17 December, 0945 – 1600

If  Christmas fare does not appeal, why not  indulge in Britain’s favourite cusine?This 1 day curry course might be for you. You will learn to make curries from Burma, Thailand, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean. Enjoy your efforts over lunch with a glass of wine and still have plenty to take home and enjoy later with friends and family.

Cost: £155

Children’s Baking Morning or Afternoon. Wednesday 21 December and Friday 23 December

For children who love baking, and for parents who are looking for a different way to entertain their children during the holidays these December half day courses are the perfect antidote to winter holiday boredom. Children learn how to make delicious cakes and biscuits which they can pack up and take home. They may turn out to be the perfect Christmas present for Granny! Recipes covered include: chocolate and mint cookies, lemon curd and blueberry muffins and carrot cake

Cost: £45

 Children’s One Day course. Thursday 22 December, 1030 -1500

If you’re looking to entertain  your child for a full day of cooking this might just be the course. On this one day course children will be taught cooking skills using the best seasonal ingredients. They’ll be cooking dishes that they can easily recreate at home.  This course is perfect for children aged between 9 and 13.

Cost: £65

Teenagers One Day course. Thursday 22 December, 1030-1600

Designed for those aged between 13 and 17, these practical courses teach basic cookery skills including how to weigh ingredients accurately, how to read recipes and how to clear up as you cook. They’ll be learning how to produce simple dishes using seasonal ingredients, which they’ll remember well into their adult years.

Cost: £85

Full details of the Christmas courses, and a flavour of the 2017 programme, are available on the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School website –


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