EAST MIDLANDS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The School of Artisan Food was part funded by the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA). In 2009 EMDA awarded a grant to The School of Artisan Food to carry out the renovation and refurbishment of the historic building the school occupies.
(Please note: EMDA closed in 2012.)
EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT
The School of Artisan Food was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, to support the creation of new versatile training rooms for the teaching of artisan food skills to a new generation of food producers.
This pioneering artisan bakery produces more than 40 varieties of long fermentation breads and pastries. The team of bakers use traditional methods to craft the bakes ranging from sourdoughs – each with a unique aroma, chewy texture and crumb – to the multi-award winning Volkhorn Rye and cheese biscuits. The bakery delivers daily to Welbeck Farm Shop here on the estate. The produce is also available at selected outlets across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.
Just a five-minute drive from The School of Artisan Food is Welbeck Courtyard; home to The Harley Gallery, Portland Collection museum, The Harley Café and Welbeck Farm Shop.
The Harley Gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions and its shop stocks giftware handcrafted by skilled artisan makers and artists. Visitors can also explore The Portland Collection museum with its historic arts and round off a visit with a trip to The Harley Café. There’s also the chance to stock up on fresh, seasonal food from Welbeck Farm Shop. Produce available instore includes food made on the estate including milk, Stichelton Cheese, Welbeck Bakehouse bread, Welbeck Abbey Brewery ales, and meat and game from the estate.
WELBECK ABBEY BREWERY
Welbeck Abbey Brewery is a traditional brewery producing quality handcrafted ales using the estate’s own spring water and a unique strain of nurtured yeast. The focus is on producing the best quality beer on the market. In the region of 15,000 pints a week are produced and supplied to outlets within a 35-mile radius. The ales are also available online as well as within Welbeck Farm Shop on the estate.
Stichelton is a traditional English blue cheese made here on the Welbeck estate using fresh unpasteurised milk from the estate’s own herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian cows. It is celebrated through the cheesemaking industry as one of the great British cheeses and famed for its creamy texture and underlying malted, toasty flavours.
Creswell Crags, within the Welbeck estate, is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the UK. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a museum with a significant archaeological and palaeontological collection. It has a visitor centre, museum, café, gift shop, scenic walks and offers cave tours.