Veggie cookery course at River Cottage

The 15 best vegetarian and vegan cookery courses

From tasty tofu to Chinese feasts, you can learn the secrets to great vegetarian cooking at one of these cookery schools across the country

Looking for the best vegetarian and vegan cooking classes? Our guide to the best cooking lessons for a vegetarian and vegan diet. Whether you want to master vegan baking or fancy cooking an Italian vegetarian meal. If you’re looking for more vegan recipe inspiration, click here

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Demuths

Arguably the best-known cookery course for vegetarians in the country, Demuths doesn’t rest on its laurels. From exploring the spice route to fast and delicious winter soups, they offer a wide variety of courses in different cuisines. Courses range from evening, half day or day depending on how long you want to spend learning the tricks of the vegetarian trade.

What will I learn? A lot of the focus at Demuths is on oriental cooking, be it Indian, Japanese or Chinese. You can spend a day learning how to create a Chinese New Year Feast, led by Lydia. Chinese food is often meat heavy, but Lydia will teach you how to make some of her mothers dishes such as Sesame Dressed Chinese Greens and Dim Sum Dumplings. After day spent chopping, stirring, mixing and frying, you’ll be rewarded with a late lunch that includes a glass or two of vegan organic wine.

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Go Vegan at Lucknam Park

Expand your vegan recipe repertoire with this one-day course at Lucknam Park’s cookery school.

What will I learn? The full day course (which includes lunch) will give you the chance to learn both sweet and savoury recipes such as ‘fish’ and chips with tartare sauce, Marlborough mushroom and spinach arancini with basil pesto and dark chocolate, peanut and caramel tart with passion fruit sorbet.


Explore Your Market with Katherine Frelon at Borough Market

If you’re looking to explore vegan cooking, sign up for a one-day cookery course with chef Katherine Frelon in Borough Market’s Cookhouse.

What will I learn? You’ll start the day with a tour around Borough Market learning how to choose the freshest seasonal produce and how to curate the perfect pantry to see you through the year. Along with cookery demonstrations there will be hands-on time spent cooking quinoa, potato falafels with satay sauce; fragrant jewelled tabbouleh and a roast, spiced pineapple with dairy-free caramel ice cream to finish. A lunch of courgette and butternut quiche will be served along with a selection of wines to fuel you through the day.

Borough Kitchen vegetarian cookery course

Vegan Baking at Ms. Cupcake

If you’re looking to master vegan baking and decorating, look no further than this full-day masterclass with Ms. Cupcake and her team at the Central Street Cookery School in Old Street.

What will I learn? You’ll learn how to ‘veganise’ your favourite bakes with replacements of traditional ingredients along with tips and tricks for mastering a light and fluffy vegan cake, and vegan buttercream icing.

After a morning coffee you’ll make and decorate a Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and vanilla cupcakes. Along with baking you’ll learn a range of professional decorating methods including how to use pallet knives and fill piping bags.

You’ll leave with 12 cupcakes, a layer cake and a cake kit so you can carry on baking back home.

Assorted cupcakes at Ms. Cupcake vegan baking course

Veg Cookery at River Cottage

Head to the Devon countryside for a day of vegetarian cooking at River Cottage. Inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recipes, the day will include five practical sessions as well as a garden tour and a late lunch of local, seasonal dishes.

What will I learn? The first session will teach you how to make a classic vegetable stock before moving on to mastering mezzo dishes, fruity desserts, a seasonal soup and a hearty main course.

Veggie cookery course at River Cottage

Our Lizzy

Our Lizzy cookery school, based in Malvern, is great whether you’re a novice or an expert. There are a wide range of courses on offer from a taste of Thailand to tasty tofu.

What will I learn? On the taste of tofu course, all food is suitable for vegans, too. Tofu can be a tricky ingredient to cook with, as many vegetarians know. With this course, you’ll learn all about the different types and different ways of cooking it, from frying to braising.

The classes are small, meaning you get a lot of attention and time to ask questions. The day starts with you preparing a tofu brunch while in the afternoon you’ll watch demonstrations and make some tofu flans. By the end of the day, the meat-free alternative will be your best friend; you’ll be cooking it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!


The Essential Vegan at Leiths

If you’re looking to master vegan cookery, the essential vegan course at Leiths is a good place to start. The half-day course will give you the techniques and recipes you need if you’re following a plant-based diet.

What will I learn? The hands-on class will include a selection of recipes, starting with the basics of making vegetable stock from scratch and an egg-free mayonnaise, before moving on to dinner party-style dishes of beet bourguignon and tempeh skewers with spiced coriander chutney. Those with a sweet tooth don’t have to miss out on dessert either as you’ll learn how to make a chocolate mousse with tahini biscuits.

Leiths vegan cookery course
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Abbey Home Farm

Sign up for a one day cookery course, on a 1600-acre organic farm in the Cotswolds, and with the help of US-born vegetarian chef and cookery teacher Erin Baker you can expand your meat-free repertoire, using plant-based and farm-produced dairy ingredients. There are a variety of courses on offer, but the meat free meals course aims to help those reducing their meat intake, or those who have given it up all together.

What will I learn? You’ll spend the day learning how to make quick yet delicious vegetarian food, using vegetables that are grown on the farm. The recipes you’re making might include beetroot risotto, pumpkin tagine and parsnip, leek and cheddar gratin. At the end of the day, you’ll have been inspired with some veggie recipes that are easy to re-create at home.

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Vegan Cakes and Puddings at Demuths

For the ultimate in mastering vegan baking, head to Demuths for a one-day workshop that will teach you how to make seven sweet recipes including the classic sticky toffee pudding and raspberry almond frangipane tarts.

What will I learn? Throughout the day you’ll learn how to replace eggs and dairy in your baking recipes and will be introduced to alternatives including aquafab and chai batters, giving you the confidence to use them in your own kitchen.

Buns at Demuths vegan baking course

Stylish Vegetarian at Brompton Cookery School

Take a day out to the Shropshire countryside and let chef Marcus Bean teach you how to cook a selection of vegetarian dishes.

What will I learn? You’ll start the day cooking two or three dishes for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll head back to the kitchen and cook two more dishes to take home. Not only will you leave with your dinner ready to go but you’ll also walk away with an expanded repertoire of meat-free recipes.

Brompton cookery school vegetarian course

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

Raymond Blanc‘s luxury hotel in the Oxfordshire countryside may have a traditional focus on service and fine dining but it’s not afraid to take that vision in contemporary directions. Especially where the kitchen is concerned. The restaurant has long offered vegetarian diners a tasting menu created with as much attention to detail as its carnivorous ones.

What will I learn? The cookery school runs seasonal Magic of Vegetables, Herbs and Pulses one-day courses aimed at helping participants make the most of whatever is in bloom at that time of year.

When you put the cookery school in context it’s even less of a surprise how imaginatively its tutors approach plant-based cooking. The hotel has a two-acre kitchen garden that directly supplies its chefs with over 90 types of vegetables and 70 types of herbs. There’s also an orchard, and the site is home to the National Heritage Garden, run in partnership with Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library to showcase rare heritage vegetables. Blanc and his team of chefs know their onions intimately, in other words.

Le Manoir vegetarian cookery class

Vegetarian Italian Kitchen at Waitrose Kitchen

Italian lovers rejoice, this cookery course based in the Waitrose kitchen in Salisbury covers three classic dishes, all with an emphasis on vegetables.

What will I learn? The hands-on course will teach you how to make caponata, butternut squash agnolotti and a dessert of zabaglione. You’ll eat all the dishes you make (along with a glass of wine with each) and get recipe cards to take home with you, too.


Vegan Baking at Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School

This class is suited for vegans with a sweet tooth.

What will I learn? Based in Yorkshire, the workshop will give you the lowdown on how to design the perfect afternoon tea for vegetarians and vegans. From earl grey sultana scones to the ultimate vegan pavlova, you’ll leave feeling inspired and spoilt for choice with a range of sweet, plant-based recipes.


Vegetarian Society Cookery School

If you want to spend more than just a day learning the techniques to vegetarian cooking, then the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, located in a Victorian mansion in Cheshire, is a great place to learn. The courses are hands on, with tutors on hand to help you through out your time there. Best of all you’ll get to eat the food yourself!

What will I learn? Over the two days, you’ll make over 20 dishes from soups and salads to dressings and desserts. By the end of your time there, you’ll be able to cook a variety of veggie dishes and confidently plan a vegetarian menu.


Vegan Cooking at Mistley Kitchen

If you’re looking for plant-based inspiration in the kitchen, head to the ancient port village of Mistley for a one-day vegan cookery workshop. In a small class you’ll learn how to make the most of vegetables in your cooking.

What will I learn? This hands-on workshop will teach you the techniques, tips and tricks for both committed and occasional vegans with recipes made without refined sugar and mostly gluten free.

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Dishes include Vietnamese summer rolls with peanut dip; flatbread with muhrammara and a chocolate mousse with banana pecan shortbread and ice cream for dessert. You’ll also get to try a selection of vegan wines over lunch.

Vegan cookery at Mistley Kitchen