Frequently asked questions

Where is the School located?

The School of Artisan Food is located on the historic Welbeck Estate in the heart of rural North Nottinghamshire.

We are signposted from the A60, and only a few miles from both the M1 and A1. There’s also a variety of public transport links. See our contact us page

Is The School of Artisan Food just another cookery school?

The School of Artisan Food is more than a cookery school. We do of course teach you how to produce delicious and nutritious food such as bread, cheese, charcuterie, beer and much more. The Difference at The School of Artisan Food is we also think about food – how it is made, why we do things the way we do, and what are the alternatives.

What kind of facilities do you have?

The School is housed in a beautiful 1870 Grade II listed building in the heart of the Sherwood Forest. The building was thoughtfully renovated to accommodate spacious training kitchens, a dairy training room, a computer room and reading library and an 80-seat lecture theatre with demonstration and screening facilities. This is set in a serene landscape on the Welbeck Estate, the ancestral seat to the Dukes of Portland.

Our Courses

What courses do you offer?

Our short courses are designed to entice you into the world of hand crafted artisan food in a short amount of time, whether it’s a half-day mini-course, a 5-day professional course or something in between.

We have grouped our courses into the following three skill levels:


Roll up your sleeves and develop your artisan skills with our Beginner courses. Learn the fundamental techniques of producing your own artisan food and drink with our range of one-, two- and three-day courses.


Go a step further in mastering complex techniques and forgotten methods of artisan food and drink. These courses offer greater depth in practical classes lasting two to five days.

Advanced & Professional Courses

Designed for existing artisan producers, the Professional range of courses offer an advanced and methodical programme of study on the art and science of artisan food and drink. Courses include theory, technical lectures and practical workshops.

Who teaches the classes?

We have a team of expert artisan producers and practitioners from the UK and beyond. We also host well-known visiting artisans, chefs and guest lecturers. Take a look at our teachers page. 

The School reserves the right to change the tutor specified on the course description.

What are your fees and what else do I need to pay?

The costs of courses vary depending on the type and duration.

All full-day courses include refreshments throughout the day as well as lunch.

You don’t have to bring anything except yourself (and maybe a camera to record your experience!). Here at the School, we provide all of your ingredients and equipment, as well as recipe cards for you to take home.

Please be aware that courses are non-residential and the fee does not include:

  • Travel to and from the school.
  • Accommodation if you require an overnight stay in the local area.

I’d like to book on to a course – what next?

Once you have chosen which course you’d like to join, all you have to do is register your details on our website and follow the simple step-by-step instructions.

Upon booking a course a non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable immediately. Full payment is required no less than 21 days prior to the start of the course. Alternatively, you may pay the course fee in full at the time of booking.

How do I make changes to my booking?

All bookings less than £200 must be paid in full upon booking.

Upon booking a course valued higher than £200 a non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable immediately.

Full payment must be made 21 days prior to the start of the course.

Students wishing to transfer a course booking will incur a £50 administration charge and will forfeit the deposit amount.
No refund will be offered when students cancel a course.

Students unable to attend a course due to illness may be able to transfer to an alternative date, providing notice is provided to the school at least 48 hours prior to the start of the course. An administration fee of £50 will be charged for this service, with the deposit value for the unattended course retained by the school and not transferred to a later date.

Students who do not attend their course, without contacting the school, will be unable to transfer their booking and will forfeit all payments made.
If a course is cancelled by the School due to unforeseen circumstances we are able to transfer the booking at no extra cost.

If we are unable to deliver your course due to Covid 19 restrictions or you are unable to attend due to the impact of Covid (you are self-isolating/have a positive Covid result at the time of the course), we will offer you the following:

1) A transfer to another course

2) Credit to the value of your booking (valid for 12 months)

3) A refund

The content of the advertised course may change at our discretion and the School reserves the right to change the tutor specified on the course description.