As we all know, British summer has a funny way of showing its face — but no matter the weather, come rain or shine, we know how to make it a season to remember.

There’s so much going on at this time of year. Whether you’re wrapped up in the summer’s sporting events or are spending your downtime with friends and family, we can show you how to accompany the great times with excellent summer food. 

We aim to fire up your imagination with cookery courses that are practical, inspiring (and, of course, fun!), utilising the best produce that Britain has to offer and ingredients sourced from fantastic suppliers right on our doorstep in the heart of Surrey.

Explore our range of cooking courses…

Refine your savoury repertoire

Hosting an elegant dinner with friends, soaking up the last of the day’s sunshine?

Now is the perfect time to learn to cook and present dishes to a fine-dining standard. On our Advanced: Savoury course, you’ll discover how to wow your guests with decadent dishes like squid ink ravioli of salmon and prawn or mackerel ceviche with Japanese white radish and pickled cucumber.

Our talented chefs will guide you through the different cuts of meat and fish, helping you to explore new skills like pastry work and all the technical elements needed to become the host of the summer!

Keep it nutritious and healthy

The warm season calls for colourful plates and rich flavours — so look no further than our Plant-Based Cookery course for a lesson in beautiful and delicious food.

This course is perfect for those who strive to cook exciting, balanced vegetarian and vegan meals, using the freshest produce sourced from our trusted local suppliers.

From maple-roasted or pickled celeriac and beetroot hummus to vegan chocolate tart, this one-day course will give you the confidence to explore flavour all summer long…

Make and take sushi classics

Sometimes, the long stretch of summer has us scratching our heads for fun ways to switch up our meals from the usual. And what better way to try something new than learning to make sushi from scratch?

On our half-day Sushi-Making course, learn the art of authentic Japanese cuisine, from sashimi and sushi rolls to teriyaki salmon and tempura prawns. Our skilled chefs will guide you through the process, teaching you how to experiment with colour and flavour, and in just a matter of hours, you’ll have the confidence to make fantastic sushi from home!

Turn up the heat on the grill

Does your ideal summer set-up include grilling in the garden, surrounded by friends and family whilst enjoying the electric atmosphere of the Commonwealth Games, cheering for your favourite F1 driver or (hopefully) celebrating a win for the Lionesses at the UEFA Women’s Euros final?

Perhaps you feel right at home in front of the BBQ — or maybe your barbeque chicken always ends up more on the charcoal side of things…

We host a range of specialist barbecue cooking courses using state-of-the-art grilling equipment from Weber. No matter your skill level, we’ll show you how to navigate your grill like a pro and prepare creative, well-balanced meals.

Trying to nail down the basics to keep everyone happy at the family BBQ? Then our Weber Grill Academy: Barbecue Classics course is the one for you. Learn to grill, roast and bake on a barbecue, homing in on essential skills like controlling temperature and how to tell when your food is cooked to perfection.

From black bun burgers with bacon jam to beer can roast chicken with tarragon butter, our skilled chefs will have you taking summer by storm in no time!

Want to get the most from your barbecue and cook more than the standard barbecue fare of burgers and sausages? The Weber Grill Academy: Smoke House course may be the perfect option.

Learn unique techniques such as curing, ember cooking and smoking using a variety of woods and ingredients such as coffee beans! Level up your summer BBQ classics with smoke fire beef ribs with homemade rub and BBQ sauce and ember grilled leeks with pink pepper butter… summer food is a mouth-watering business.

The sweetness of summer recipes

Looking to impress your friends at your next summer soiree?

Our smooth and indulgent white chocolate mousse with strawberries is always a crowd-pleaser. A simple, sweet dessert that complements savoury dishes well, this mousse is a perfect treat on a sunny day — or any day, for that matter!

Want to create a rich, luxurious delicacy fit for a French patisserie? Nothing cures the post-Wimbledon blues like our mille-feuille with strawberries and crème patisserie — golden brown, flaky pastry filled with thick vanilla custard and sweet summer berries. Add a glass of Pimm’s for absolute perfection…

Join us at The Abinger Cookery School for one of our upcoming cooking courses to learn all the skills and techniques you’ll need to make the most of your summer!