Monday, 26 December 2011

Sushi Sunday in Bakewell

Have you had enough heavy Christmas food and drink? Are you determined to eat more healthily in 2012?

How about learning how to make your own sushi?

We are putting on a fantastic sushi making course in April under the expert tutorship of Tomo Hasegawa a graduate of the Tokyo Sushi Academy. On the course you will learn how the different types of sushi are made and then practice your own skills.

This is a relaxed, fun but hands on half day cookery course that will set you up to eat more healthily in 2012. Tastes great too!


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas shopping for a foodie friend or family?

Are you struggling to find a Christmas present for a foodie friend or member of the family? Don't panic!

Hartingtons is open for business all the way up to Christmas Eve. If you are looking for food related present why not buy a loved one a cookery course for Christmas. How about an inspirational artisan bread making course or even an artisan beer brewing course? We can email you by return a personalised gift letter that you can present on Christmas Morning.

We can take payment online using paypal, over the phone with your card or just send us a cheque instead.

Don't forget if you are struggling for a Christmas present for a foodie.........all is not lost. Buy them an inspirational cookery course in 2012. You know they'll love it!

Hartingtons - cookery courses

Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Best Christmas Present Ever?

A very big thank you to all the people who came to our Open Day in Bakewell yesterday and booked on our cookery courses and food events for 2012.

Chris and I were delighted to see so many people who were interested in doing something different in the New Year or couldn't resist treating a "foodie" partner or friend to one of our cookery courses as a special Christmas present.

And talking of Christmas presents........could any of these be the best Christmas present ever?

An Artisan Beer Brewing course, The Ultimate Tea Experience, Cooking with Indian Spices, Sushi Sunday, A World Bread Tour ........

Hopefully we've whet your appetite so why not check out these and many more cookery courses at

We can also supply gift vouchers or a personalised gift letter for a loved one......... so rather than fighting your way through the crowds and queuing for hours to pay why not relax in the comfort of your own home, put your feet up and book one of our cookery courses online.

Now that's stress free Christmas shopping! .....what could be better?

Hartingtons Food Experience

Friday, 16 December 2011

Artisan Bread Baking Course Sells Out!

We knew we were putting on a brilliant Introduction To Artisan Bread Making course
with the full day course being tutored by acclaimed Master Baker Andrew Auld from the Loaf in Crich

........but we have been overwhelmed by the popularity of the course and can now announce that the January course has SOLD OUT.

The good news is that there is still some limited availability for the Introduction To Artisan Bread Making course at the beginning of March. So if you are interested ....don't wait too long before booking.

If you like the idea of bread baking but prefer a weekend course what about a relaxed Sunday baking course to learn how to bake Italian bread such as Foccacia and Ciabatta? These courses in February and March are proving incredibly popular!

Hartingtons love real bread and bread baking so why not get involved in the New Year!

Why not come and see our Cookery School in Bakewell on our last Open Day of the year?

Hartingtons Food Experience

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Exciting NEW courses coming soon....

We are already running some fabulous cookery courses in January, February and March.

How about World Flavours in one pot. Ideal for people looking at learning to cook using a range of fascinating flavours but with the convenience of only using one pot.

Love baking? How about learning to make artisan bread?

NEW COURSES in 2012....coming soon

Hartingtons of Bakewell is all about inspiring people to get more out of their appreciation of food. To this end we are planning some inspirational cookery courses in early 2012.

How about these to whet your appetite?
  • Learn to make your own great tasting sushi on our "Sushi Sunday"
  • Join our Sunday Tapas Masterclass...great for entertaining!
  • How to make the ultimate pork pie. It's a great british classic..learn to make and customise your very own pork pie.
  • Food writing and blogging - whether you want to set up your own blog as a hobby or as a step to a new career. Do you have a business you want to promote. We will teach you over a weekend all the skills necessary to for you to communicate effectively with the world about food via the internet. We all have a voice - learn how to use yours!

Why not give one of our cookery courses as a present using our gift vouchers.

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Saturday, 10 December 2011

And the winner is................

We are delighted to announce that Moira Gray is the winner of Hartingtons of Bakewell's recent free prize draw and has won a half day cookery course of her choice.

Congratulations Moira !!

We hope you enjoy your prize

Chris and Julie

Hartingtons of Bakewell

Friday, 9 December 2011

Brewing up a storm in Bakewell.

Many would say that Bakewell is best known for its baking and the world famous Bakewell Pudding........but this could all be about to change if new cookery school and artisan food events business Hartingtons has anything to do with it.

Bakewell has recently acquired brewing credibility following the relocation of award winning micro brewery Thornbridge Ales to the town. Now Hartingtons wants to teach the whole world how to brew fantastic tasting real ales and beer at home using 100% natural ingredients.

Hartingtons Artisan beer brewing course has been specially designed for all those who want to learn how to brew real ale in the natural traditional way.

Paul Taylor from Murphy and Son in Nottingham will demonstrate from first principles how to set up a 'brew' using basic domestic equipment and using 100% natural ingredients. He will also carry out a tutored beer tasting highlighting some well known and distinctive beers and what in the selection of their ingredients and the brewing process makes them taste so different. By doing this he will highlight how the brewer can change the mix to personalise their own brews to meet their individual taste. Paul will take people through the entire brewing process and the resulting brew will form the basis of Hartingtons first ever beer to be called Hartingtons Pheonix Ale.

The full day beer brewing course comes with beer brewing notes and a light lunch and at the end of the day attendees will have all the skills and knowledge to go home and start their own brew from scratch.

The course is proving to be incredibly popular with 5 spaces having been booked since the weekend.

Payment can be made online, by cheque or with a card and both gift vouchers and gift letters are available for those looking to purchase the course as a present.

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Hartingtons supports Real Bread

Hartingtons is proud to be a member of the Real Bread Campaign.

Find out more about the principles of real bread.

We are running several bread making courses in 2012. On 26th January and 1st March we have full day courses taken by Andrew Auld, Head Baker and owner of the Loaf in Crich.

Andrew's introduction to Artisan Bread Baking will show you how to make three different doughs: A white or brown dough, Focaccia and a sweet dough. Andrew is very passionate about his craft and during the day you will learn lots of useful tips to improve your bread making at home.

If you fancy a weekend course we are also running two Sunday half day courses in February and March on Italian Bread Making as part of our series of "A Tour of World Breads". The courses are tutored by David Neville and you will learn how to make Ciabatta, Focaccia and a traditional Pizza base dough together with a typical Italian dish to accompany your bread......a must for all lovers of Mediterranean style food.

Don't forget if you are struggling to find a Christmas present our cookery courses make an ideal Christmas Gift and we can provide a personalised Gift Letter or Gift Voucher for you to give on Christmas Day.

If you want to have a look at our Cookery School please come along to our next Open Day on 17th December in Bakewell from 10.00 to 4.00. We would love to meet you!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Looking for something different for Christmas?

Ok..... so you've looked at choccies, smellies, clothes and books for your loved one for Christmas and despite your best endeavours it's looking like "same old! same old!" and you can fair see the disappointment on their face as they unwrap their socks and shower gel on Christmas morning ........but not this year........oh NO! put a big smile on their face with a very different present from Hartingtons.

If they are a keen cook why not book one of our full or half day 'hands on" cookery courses or if they are keen to learn but aren't so keen to get their hands dirty then why not treat them to the "Ultimate Tea Experience" with a tea talk/tutored tasting and a foodie tour round Bakewell followed by the ultimate afternoon tea? How indulgent is that?

Beer brewing, a pancake masterclass, cooking with Indian spices and a World Bread Tour are just a few of the highlights lined up for Spring dare to be different.....bin the socks and give them something they'll be talking about for months!!

Inspired?.......then check out our cookery courses..........Hartingtons of Bakewell

11 Cookery Courses sold in 2 days!

Over the last 2 days we have sold 11 cookery courses.

This is in addition to all the courses booked at our recent Open Weekend in Bakewell and is a fantastic response to the quality of the inspirational cookery courses we are putting on in Bakewell in 2012 and a testament to the experience of our tutors. Particularly popular have been the artisan beer brewing and the Italian bread making courses.

There are still some spaces left on our cookery courses so if you are interested please book online or give us a call.

Why not come along to our next Open Day in Bakewell on the 17th December to have a look at our new cookery school?

I think you will be impressed.

Cookery School - Bakewell - inspirational cookery course in 2012

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Festive end to the year at Baslow

The bells were chiming and holly and mistletoe was in abundance at the final Baslow Food Fair of 2011.

Despite the rain there was a steady stream of foodies looking for something different to tempt their taste buds.

They came and they bought.....

Thanks to all the artisan food businesses that have helped us put on the Baslow Food Fairs in 2011. A bit of cliche but we couldn't have done it without you. Equally, thanks to the people who came along and visited and supported the event.

We are now taking a bit of a break until April next year. But don't forget you can come to our new Cookery School in Bakewell. We are having an open event on the 17th December for the interested and curious to take a peek.

Merry Xmas to all and see you soon.

Chris & Julie xxx

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Visiting Chatsworth House this weekend? Then why not also visit the Baslow Christmas Food and Drink Fair?

Are you thinking of visiting Chatsworth House this weekend? Well I would encourage you to do so!

Yesterday I was walking through the estate and the House looks particularly splendid at this time of year. It's so nice in early Winter to get wrapped up warm and set out from Baslow to walk alongside the River Derwent to Chatsworth House.

You go over the bridge at Nether End in Baslow and then immediately take a right turn in front of a row of very picturesque thatched cottages. Follow the path to the "Kissing Gate" which then takes you on to the Chatsworth Estate. The path leads alongside the river with wonderful vistas of Chatsworth all the way.

If you are coming to Chatsworth this weekend you might like to plan your trip for Sunday and combine your walk with a visit to our Christmas Food and Drink Fair in Baslow.

The event is the ninth in a series of incredibly popular Food Fairs which have been held during 2011 in Baslow Village Hall (next to the Cavendish Hotel and opposite Il Lupo restaurant on the main road through Baslow). Admission is FREE.

There are 20 stalls of artisan food and drink from in and around the Peak District, plenty of xmas gift ideas, a free prize draw and lots of complimentary tastings!!!..... as well as freshly made churros and hot chocolate for sale on the forecourt all day!!

Entry is from 10.30 and we are open until 4.30 pm. It's all happening this Sunday 4th December.

Hope to see you there.

Cookery Courses & Food Events in Bakewell

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Peak District Christmas Food Fair

If you're in the Peak District this weekend and are
looking for something to do then why not come along
to Hartingtons Christmas Food and Drink Fair at
Baslow Village Hall on Sunday 4th December.

We are certainly not the biggest Christmas Fair in the area but we like to think we are one of the best!

And boy are we going out on a high with our last Food Fair of 2011. Just look at the line up!

McIntyre Country Living - freshly made churros and hot chocolate

Bradfield Brewery - award winning real ales, mini kegs and gift packs

Heavenlies - seasonal cakes and sweet treats

Pumpkin Oil UK - artisan pumpkin oil. Now supplying to Fortnum and Mason no less!!

Dawsons Yard - Christmas wreaths, planters and unusual Christmas gift ideas

Caudwells Mill - locally milled flour

Friary Liqueurs - award winning festive liqueurs and gift packs

Cakes and All Things Nice - Christmas and celebration cakes

The Loaf - artisan bread and seasonal stollen

Peak Ales - award winning ales from the Chatsworth Estate

Tea Man - over 30 different teas, gift packs and cafetieres

Tindalls of Tideswell - Christmas cakes, puddings, pork pies, preserves and seasonal hampers

Fruit and Herb Co - unique dressings, dips, oils and onions in balsamic vinegar

Domaine du Pyre - Beaujolais wine from the family vineyard

Parsnipship - soup, bread and a truly amazing range of vegetarian food

Bluebell Fudge - extensive range of loose fudge and gift packs

Hartingtons of Bakewell - gift vouchers and cookery courses for 2012

Baslow Village Hall is next to the Cavendish Hotel and opposite Il Lupo restaurant.

Admission is FREE and the event is on from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Please do come along!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Like real bread?

Do you like real bread?

What do I mean by real bread? Bread that's crafted by an artisan baker with individual attention and has a deep full flavour and texture.

If you like real bread then you are in for a treat on the 4th of December at our next Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth.

We will have artisan baker Andrew Auld from the Loaf preparing some sumptuous breads for your delight. He is promising to bring along:

Cranberry, oat and apple sourdough
Apricot and walnut sourdough
Stollen with marzipan
Mince pies


For those that like baking their own bread we have treat in the shape of Caudwell's Mill who will be bringing along a selection of their fantastic flour.

Andrew will also be doing several artisan bread baking courses at Hartingtons new cookery school in Bakewell. A bread baking course would make the perfect Christmas Gift so why not check out our gift vouchers.

Hartingtons Cookery School in Bakewell

Monday, 28 November 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas at Baslow Food and Drink Fair

Looking for a special Christmas Gift for a "foodie"…..well you will certainly be spoilt for choice at Hartingtons Food and Drink Fair at Baslow Village Hall this Sunday.

Here are a few ideas for the perfect gifts for food lovers, all of which are available at the Fair on Sunday.

Peak Ales - gift packs of ales produced on the Chatsworth Estate

Tindalls of Tideswell - hampers with a selection of their most popular Christmas products

Real Fruit and Herb Co - Christmas caramelised red onion marmalade, redcurrant and ginger dressing, cranberry and vanilla dressing and silverskin onions in balsamic vinegar

Domaine du Pyre - add your own personalised label to a bottle of wine; in this case……Beaujolais wine from their family vineyard!

Bradfield Brewery - 3 and 6 bottle gift packs with glasses

The Tea Man - over 30 teas from around the world with tea related gift packs, mugs and cafetieres

Friary Liqueurs - special Christmas liqueur, spiced mead, black cherry vodka and trio gift packs

Hartingtons of Bakewell - gift vouchers for a wide range of cookery courses and unique food events at our Cookery School opening in Bakewell in the New Year.

And all this is in addition to a range of stalls selling fudge, artisan bread, cakes, churros, hot chocolate, xmas puddings, vegetarian food and lots more......

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday

Julie and Chris

Hartingtons Christmas Food and Drink Fair at Baslow Village Hall (opp Il Lupo restaurant and next to the Cavendish Hotel) Sun 4th December from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.


Fantastic Reaction to Cookery School in Bakewell

Julie and I were simply stunned by the enthusiasm for our new cookery school in Bakewell this weekend.

We had a steady stream of curious and enthusiastic foodies coming through the door.

Everybody remarked "What a fabulous space" in response to our converted sawmill.

Having spent almost 9 months fitting it out it was nice to hear that other people appreciated the light, space and views afforded by our beautiful little 'foodie bolt hole' set on the banks of the River Wye.

The local MP Patrick McLoughlin made an appearance on Saturday in an informal capacity and both he and his wife seem keen to perhaps do a course in between their many engagements.

We have already had a flood of bookings with many people booking Christmas Presents for friends or family. How about buying a gift voucher?

If you are interested in having a look at the cookery school we will be having several more open days in the lead up to Christmas so watch this space for dates.

Hartingtons - Courses

Friday, 25 November 2011

World Exclusive - Bakewell Open Weekend

Hartingtons Cookery School in Bakewell is opening its doors to the world for the first time this weekend (26th & 27th November).

Julie and I have been there all day with my parents cleaning tidying and finishing off.

Here are pictures of the finished interior released to the world for the first time and hot off the press.

We are delighted with the results & hope you agree.

Any foodies in Bakewell over the Bakewell Christmas Weekend please pop in and say hello and find out about the massive range of cookery courses and food events that we will be putting on next year.

Chris & Julie

Hartingtons Food Experience

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Christmas comes to Baslow

Anybody who likes to taste 'exceedingly good cakes' wants to come along to our fantastic Christmas Food Fair in Baslow on the 4th December.

How about this for a festive selection from the wonderful Lorna of Heavenlies....definitely NOT Mr Kipling!

"Christmas cakes, mini gingerbread house cookies, lots of seasonal tastes like fresh ginger & spice cake, pecan fudge cake, chocolate chestnut cupcakes and a surprise centrepiece! Angels, stars, glitter and flickering (LED!) candle light will set the mood. We'll also be serving mince pies (I'm hoping they might even be warm!) and cream with our teas and coffees."

Wow! Sounds simply heavenly what do you think?

Hartingtons Christmas Food Fair - Baslow

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Bakewell Christmas Weekend - Cookery School

Hartingtons is really looking forward to being part of the Bakewell Christmas Weekend.

We are excited about opening the doors to our new cookery school in Bakewell for the first time and hope people who are interested in food and cookery courses will take time to pop in.

On the day if you are interested in any courses we will have merchant facilities so you can book there and then with a debit or credit card.

What about buying a gift voucher for a loved one or friend - the perfect Christmas gift. Our website allows you to buy a gift voucher online without leaving the comfort of your own chair!

I'm off to meet an artisan brewer this morning to talk about setting up an exciting range of artisan brewing courses. Fancy making your own beer or cider or what about doing a course to set up your own micro brewery business?

Hartingtons will be developing and extending its range of food and cookery courses over the next few months. If you are interested in food and want to do a course in the Peak District after Christmas we guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

The Bakewell Christmas Weekend. Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November.
Hartingtons open both days from 10am - 4pm - 1st floor Rutland Mill, Rutland Mews.

The Hartingtons Food Experience.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Peak Districts Finest Producers at Baslow Christmas Food and Drink Fair

Chris and I are always looking for the very best producers to come along to our Food Fairs in Baslow and what a line up we have got for you at the Christmas Food and Drink Fair on Sunday 4th December at Baslow Village Hall.

Tindalls of Tideswell, fresh from their tv appearance as part of the Village SOS programme, will return to Baslow with a cornucopia of seasonal treats.

Carol has promised to bring along home made Christmas Cakes, their own recipe Christmas Puddings, mincemeat, seasonal chutneys, their famous pork pies (that sell out at EVERY Food get there early if you want some!), fidgety pasties, tidza puds and if that wasn't enough to tempt you they will also have a selection of small hampers which would make ideal Christmas Presents.

They bake all through the night to bring these fantastic products along to Baslow and are always one of the most popular stalls at every Fair.

Joining Tindalls will be over 20 other artisan food producers from in and around the Peaks. Churros and hot chocolate will be available all day on the forecourt and Dawsons Yard will have a wide range of Christmas Wreaths, Planters and gift ideas.

Seasonal music will add to the shopping experience indoors where stalls will be selling artisan bread, cakes, real ales, vegetarian food, oils and infusions, fudge, locally milled flour, local cheeses, Christmas liqueurs, soups, tray bakes and cupcakes and lots more!

The Christmas Food Fair is at Baslow Village Hall (opposite Il Lupo Italian Restaurant and next door to the Cavendish Hotel) on Sunday 4th December. Doors open from 10.30 to 4.30.

Please do come along!

Full details at

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Bakewell Tart & Tapas

Bakewell we know is world famous for it's Bakewell tart and Bakewell pudding.

We are all familiar with the story behind the origins of the Bakewell pudding. The cook at the White Horse Inn (now Rutland Arms) whose fortuitous mistake led to the creation of one of the worlds most famous desserts.

Hartingtons is happy to be based in a place like Bakewell with such a culinary heritage.

As well as acknowledging Bakewell's great food heritage Hartingtons is keen to push the boundaries of modern cooking.

One of the food events we are setting up in our cookery school in Bakewell is a gourmet supper club. This will involve some of the best and most exciting new chefs and cooks in and around the Peak District being able to showcase a tasting menu for one night only in a similar way that the Loft Project is doing in London. Accompanying the gourmet food will be a range of wines or drinks to compliment perfectly the chefs gourmet creations.

We had a fantastic meeting today in Bakewell at the Lime Lounge Coffee House on Bath Street with David Neville of El Toro in Sheffield. David has agreed not only to take a tapas course teaching students how to prepare some of the best authentic tapas dishes but also to put on a Spanish gourmet night including some dishes derived from the worlds best and most famous restaurant Elbulli.

The Gourmet Supper Club will be a regular monthly feature in Bakewell. With only limited spaces per event they are sure to sell out fast. For more details and to book online go to

Hartingtons Food Experience

Thursday, 10 November 2011

We sell gift vouchers!

Are you struggling to find a suitable Christmas present for friends or family?
Well Hartingtons of Bakewell may have just the answer. We sell a range of gift vouchers through our partner site Paypal ranging from £5 - £500. Just click the graphic LINK BELOW and you will be taken to the Paypal site where you can purchase.

Alternatively, call us on 01629 888 586 or send an email to: with the amount you want and we will sort it out for you.

To see our current range of cookery courses have a look at our website.

We will be releasing many more courses in the coming weeks including these tasty morsels .... so keep watching the website for more details:

1. A beer brewing & beer tasting course
2. Artisan cheese production
3. A weekend Italian bread making course
4. Cup cake making and decorating masterclass
5. Artisan oil and vinaigrette infusion course

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New Website - cookery courses - technical glitches!

Apologies to anybody who has been trying to access some of the cookery courses on our new website and came across a few little glitches.

We have hopefully now sorted those out. A few loose bolts and bracket. Staff - you just can't get them these days!

If anybody does have any further problems please let us know by emailing us: or call: 01629 888 586

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Mastering Pastry in Bakewell

We often make the joke between ourselves about Hartingtons being able to teach you how to 'Bake Well' in Bakewell. Ha Ha! Not funny I know, but neither is pastry making!

At our most recent food fair in Baslow when chatting to people about our new cookery school, a huge number of people expressed an interest in learning how to make pastry. It seems I'm not the only person who struggles with this mysterious art!

For this reason we are put on our 'Mastering Pastry'. This cookery course aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to make your own pastry as well as creating 5 stunning dishes and 5 different types of pastry.
  • Shortcrust
  • Choux pastry
  • Potato pastry
  • Sweet flan pastry
  • Sweet almond pastry
If you are interested in finding out more about Hartingtons Cookery School and the varied range of courses we are putting on in 2012. Why not come along to our open weekend. Frank Boddy the chef taking the pastry class will be there producing some little canapes for you to sample.

Why not come along on the 26th or 27th November and say hello.

Chris & Julie

Hartingtons Food Experience

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Cookery courses in Bakewell

We have just returned from another fantastic Food Fair in Baslow. Yet again a number of our artisan food stallholders completely sold out including Heavenlies and Halls Home Produce.

Thanks to all the stallholders who were there today and a big thank you to the hundreds of people that came along and sampled, bought and supported the artisan food producers that work and live in and around the Peak District.

We were also overwhelmed by the interest shown in our new cookery school in Bakewell. So many foodies are interested in our cookery courses and coming along to Hartingtons Open Weekend on the 26th and 27th of November that we are bit worried about fitting everybody in! Seriously though....if you are in Bakewell for the Christmas Weekend then please pop in and say 'hello' and meet one of our star chefs, Frank Boddy, who will be preparing a range of canapes during the two day event for you to sample and enjoy.

Really looking forward to meeting you and we can't wait for our final Food Fair of the year in Baslow - the Christmas Food and Drink Fair on the 4th December.

Chris & Julie

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Chatsworth - What's to do?

Chatsworth House is holding it's spectacular bonfire night celebration on the 5th November. It promises to be a great show. For those that have tickets.... enjoy! Sadly if you haven't it's too late as the event is sold out.........but don't despair!

Why not come along on the following day to Hartingtons Food Fair and Bonfire celebration in Baslow. You can still go for a walk in the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth House. We can't give you a bonfire display to rival Chatsworth but we can promise fireworks in the kitchen from some of our great artisan cooks and food producers.

For more information check out the new Hartingtons website.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Cookery Courses in Bakewell

Are you looking for something to do during your visit to the Peak District or Bakewell.

Like food? Enjoy cooking? Why not have a look at Hartingtons range of inspirational cookery courses and food events.

Check out our range of cookery courses on Hartingtons new website.

Our cookery school is right in the centre of Bakewell so why not combine a visit to this fantastic market town with learning a new skill?

We look forward to meeting you.

Chris & Julie

Hartingtons Food Experience

Monday, 24 October 2011

Peak District Cookery Courses

The Peak District is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. In my opinion; the most beautiful.

Bakewell, for those that don't know the Peak District that well, is a beautiful market town nestling in a small valley with the stunning River Wye running through it. Bakewell has a great weekly market and one of the most popular farmers markets in the country running on the last Saturday of the month. Increasingly Bakewell is becoming a mecca for foodies across the country, with the availability of superb locally sourced food suppliers such as the world famous Chatsworth House Estate. Bakewell is also the home of culinary classics such as the famous Bakewell Pudding and more recently Thornbridge Brewery, one of the countries great new breed of micro breweries producing a selection of award winning real ales.

Bakewell, in the Peak District, will soon be welcoming another addition to it's fine food and culinary heritage. Hartingtons cookery school and food event business will be opening it's doors in 2012 and welcoming visitors to take part in a range of inspiring and innovative food courses and food related events.

Love food? Love the Peak District? So do we.....prepared to be inspired in 2012.

Hartingtons - food experience

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

International food overated!

Julie & I have just returned from a week in Sicily. We stopped in a small town near Palermo and had a great time.

As you would expect we spent time visiting the historic sights in the grand old town of Palermo. One thing, however, that we both commented on was how disappointing the Italian food was. This led on to a discussion about the quality and variety of food now available in the UK. It was very telling that we both felt that we have had better cappuccinos recently in both Bakewell and Sheffield.

For years the UK has had a reputation for being in the culinary wilderness. Now with a whole new breed of artisan food producers I would say that the range and quality of food available would challenge that available anywhere in the world. There were a couple of exceptions. The local Caponata we had a starter for our Sunday lunch was fantastic and a seafood risotto made by a local fisherman was simply outstanding!

We are both passionate about the local food producers who come to our regular food fairs in Baslow. Our cookery school in Bakewell is opening very soon and we will be putting on a range of courses to inspire people to get involved in artisan food production, perhaps setting up your own business to produce great tasting artisan food. We are almost ready to release the full details and dates of our forthcoming courses on our new website so keep checking this blog for details of when we go live! We've already signed up some great visiting chefs and two fantastic artisan bread makers and we are currently working on a food blogging and writing course.

Interested? Then .....why not come along to our open weekend on the 26th & 27th of November?

Hartingtons Cookery School & Food Events
1st Floor, Rutland Mill, Rutland Mews, Off Coombs Road, Bakewell.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

National Curry Week starts today in Baslow

The Indian Summer may have come to an abrupt end... but not in Baslow!

Why not warm yourself up with a genuine home cooked curry at Hartingtons indoor Food Fair and 'Taste of Asia'. Tasty Samosa will be showcasing some of Vipun's Mum's freshly cooked samosas and pakoras and homemade curries and Indian treats. Join Vipun and over 20 other artisan food producers from in and around the Peak District for one day only for a genuine 'Taste of Asia'.

Doors open at 10.30 and the FREE food fair continues all day until 4.30. Parking next to Baslow Village Hall so there's no need to get wet.

National Curry Week
runs from the 9th - 16th October but to experience some great flavours all year round try Hartingtons Food Experience.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Chatsworth House & Food Fair

Wondering what to do this Sunday in the Peak District?

Why not come along to our Baslow Food Fair near Chatsworth House and take a stroll in the grounds followed by a visit to our fabulous artisan food fair. We've just found out that Andrew Auld from the Loaf will be coming along and bringing his fantastic range of sour dough breads.

The leaves and grounds in Chatsworth look superb at this time of year with their autumnal tints.

Take a lovely stroll in Chatsworth's grounds and then come and taste some great artisan food including our Taste of Asia.

To have a look at our full range of artisan food producers have a look here.

Hartingtons - Food Experience

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Baslow Food Fairs sample the atmosphere

If you've not been to one Hartingtons Baslow Food Fairs then you can sample the atmosphere thanks to this video of one of recent events taken by Paul of Strongman Chilli...'hot stuff'!

If you like what you see why not come along to our next food fair in Baslow on the 9th October including a Taste of Asia. It's a great free day out and why not combine a visit to our food fair with a walk around the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth House.

Hartingtons Food Experience

Friday, 30 September 2011

Taste of Asia & Autumn Food Fair - Baslow nr Chatsworth

With just over a week to go to Hartingtons' Autumn Food Fair and 'Taste of Asia' we can announce the list of exceptional artisan food businesses attending our latest Food Fair.

There will be something for everybody at our October Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth on the 9th October.

For those who enjoy slightly more exotic flavours we will exhibit a range of stalls giving you a little 'Taste of Asia'. This includes Edo Sushi, a new start up business from Sheffield, who will bring a range of Sushi and Japanese flavours for you to sample.

Those foodies who like Indian Food will be able to sample Vipuns (from Tasty Samosa) Mum's home made Pakora and Samosas as well as a range of delicious home made Indian curries and sweets.

Jas from Red Hot Cuisine will bringing the show to life again with his one man cookery demonstration showing how it's possible to cook tasty Indian food quickly and healthily.

For those who have a sweet tooth; Lorna from Heavenlies is doing cakes and desserts based on a Bollywood them. I for one can't wait............ and if you fancy something authentic to drink with it; Teabox from Sheffield will be featuring a range of Asian teas such as Chai and Green Tea.

'Foodies' who like their flavours to be a little bit more traditional won't be disappointed. Tindalls from Tideswell; who recently featured on TV as part of Taste Tideswell will be bringing some of their classic and award winning favourites. A tip though.........make sure you get their sausage rolls and pork pies early...they always sell out.
For those who like vegetarian food we have our first ever specialist vegetarian stall in the shape of Rob Lindop from the Parsnipship. Some great flavours from him!

Sweet teeth....catered for

Now if you have a sweet tooth........ I know there are a few of you out there! You will NOT be disappointed. Heavenly Cheesecake Company will bring along their fantastic New York style cheesecakes whilst those with a weakness for cup cakes won't be able to keep away from Muffin Topps stall of irresistible flavours.
We also have The English Rose Cake Company who will be exhibiting wedding and celebration cakes whilst chocoholics need to taste Boutique Aromatique's fantastic artisan chocolate all the way from the Welbeck Estate.

For those of you who like a little nibble .....stop by Mary Button who as always is keen to demonstrate her knowledge of local artisan cheeses and of course you can also sample and buy.

Be sure to try Glynne Smiths fresh oils and vinaigrette's ......guaranteed to give a zing to any dish.

Full line up inside for the October Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth:

Heavenly Cheesecake Company
Muffin Topps
Tasty Samosa Company
Red Hot Cuisine
Boutique Aromatique
Real Fruit & Herb Company
The Parsnipship
Pumpkin Oil Company
The English Rose Cake Company
The Really Good Cheese Company
Edo Sushi
The Loaf
Hi Life Diners Card
Hartingtons Cookery School

Outside Dawsons Yard will display their fantastic array of seasonal winter veg plants and potted herbs together with unusual garden artefacts and fresh barrista coffee will be provided by Caffe Carino.

Additional stallholders to be announced on the day!

We can't guarantee the "Indian Summer" will last through to next weekend but what we can promise is that it will be another great Food Fair!!

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Baslow Food Fair - Bank Holiday winner announced

Baslow Food Fair has just announced the winner of the Hi-Life card free prize draw from the August Bank Holiday Food Fair.

The winner of a FREE Hi-Life card for 12 months is Debbie Pugh of Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Congratulations to her and those who missed out this time will have another chance of winning a card in the next prize draw at the October Food Fair nr Chatsworth on October 9th.

Hope you can come along and congratulations to Debbie and thanks again to Hi-Life for sponsoring our Baslow Food Fairs.

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Hartingtons Food Fairs Famous

We don't like to brag....but although we only started to put on the Baslow Food Fairs in the Peak District earlier this year Hartingtons are already getting a national profile!

We have just found out that our Food Fairs are now being featured within Derbyshire Life and the East Midlands Trains publication "Go Out".

"We is famous!!!!"

Can you imagine what coverage we are going to get when our Cookery School and Food Events business starts in Bakewell?

I'm just licking my lips with anticipation.....we can't wait to welcome all those eager foodies looking to experience some great events and inspirational cookery courses at our premises in Bakewell.

"When will we will we be famous?"

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Baslow Food Fairs - 2012 dates announced

We have been overwhelmed by the response to our Artisan Food Fairs in Baslow this year. From a standing start back in April the remaining 3 Food Fairs of 2011 are already fully booked with artisan food producers keen to exhibit their wares.

Demand from stallholders has been absolutely phenomenal and although we have only just released the dates for 2012 all the Fairs for next year are already nearly full.

Remaining Fairs for 2011 at Baslow Village Hall are:

Sunday 9th October - Autumn Food Fair and a Taste of Asia
Sunday 6th November - November Food Fair and Bonfire Celebrations
Sunday 4th December - Xmas Food and Drink Fair

and the dates just released for 2012 are:

Sunday 1st April - Spring Food Fair
Sunday 17th June - June Food Fair and Fathers Day Celebrations
Sunday 5th August - August Fine Food Fair
Sunday 4th November - November Food Fair and Bonfire Celebrations
Sunday 9th December - Christmas Food and Drink Fair

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Cookery School - progress

Here's a picture of Steve our joiner studying some plans. Well I think it's plans. He might just be a little premature to be thinking about recipes.

The image shows Steve stood behind the central demonstration isle where some exciting and exceptional chefs, cooks and artisan food producers will in a few short weeks be holding court to a throng of eager foodies.

The new website should be going live within a couple of weeks. If you can't wait to find out more about Hartingtons cookery school in Bakewell and courses why not drop us an email :

We guarantee there will be something for everybody with an interest in food. From food walking tours of Bakewell and the Peak District to Cup Cake masterclasses, artisan bread making, food foraging courses, how to set up your own artisan food business and even a "Pig in a day" butchery course.

Our cookery school in Bakewell will not be limited by the everyday. Food and drink is one of lifes great experiences and we are determined to make our cookery school in Bakewell celebrate just that!

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Friday, 9 September 2011

Hartingtons News - experience more!

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Just a bit of a "foodie" update…….the remaining Food Fairs for 2011 at Baslow Village Hall are:

Sunday 9th October - Autumn Food Fair and a Taste of Asia
Sunday 6th November - November Food fair and Bonfire Celebrations
Sunday 4th December - Xmas Food and Drink Fair

Dates for 2012 have just been released…….so why not make a note in your diary!

Sunday 1st April - Spring Food Fair
Sunday 17th June - June Food Fair and Fathers Day Celebrations
Sunday 5th August - August Fine Food Fair
Sunday 4th November - November Food Fair and Bonfire Celebrations
Sunday 9th December - Christmas Food and Drink Fair

We will add in a few extra themed events during 2012 and these will be on the website nearer the time.

Cookery and Food Events at Bakewell

Exciting news …….the fit out of our brand new Cookery School and Food Events HQ in Bakewell is now well under way. We have a few events planned before Christmas with a full programme of cookery courses, demos and food related events starting in January 2012.

A little taster of what we will be offering:
Bread making masterclasses, corporate team building events, children's themed cupcake decorating, artisan cheese making, wine tutorials, culinary walking tours, celebrity cookery demos and lots more…………….

New website with full details will be up and running in a couple of weeks replacing our temporary site. Check it out ……

Friday, 2 September 2011

Bakewell Cookery School - Work starts

Despite a bit of a 'cock up' by the company contracted to deliver the kitchen and appliances for our new Cookery School .....we finally have the fridge freezers, ovens, induction hobs and tens of carcasses on site this week.

Steve and Gareth have started the job of putting the units together in Bakewell and it's all looking good for the Cookery School to be ready by the middle of October.

The great thing is that everybody who comes to the building loves the space; the open beams, the views over Bakewell's livestock market and in the opposite direction into Bakewell itself with the Church sitting prettily on the hill.

Here's a view of our cookery school premises BEFORE work started. It will be interesting to see how different it looks after we have finished.

So what about doing a course in Bakewell before Christmas? Perhaps an 'alternative' works do?

We will be putting a small number of events and courses on before the end of the year. Some of the ideas we have are: an introduction to bread making with a local artisan baker, a sausage making course, how to make sushi, beer tasting and a 'posh pie and pea supper' or maybe the ultimate afternoon tea!

If you would like us to tailor make an event for you; whatever your ideas are just email us at:

NEW WEBSITE COMING ....real soon!

Monday, 29 August 2011

A Food Fair for Foodies

Hartingtons latest Baslow Fair was a roaring success but above all great fun.

Streams of knowledgeable foodies perused, tasted and chatted with our enthusiastic line up of artisan food producers.

Baslow newbies to the show all made a great contribution:

Shelly Preston from Boutique Aromotique on the Welbeck Estate wowed visitors with her artisan chocolates. I heard many eulogise about her dark chocolate truffles.

Mr Hall brought along his traditional potted meats and pates along with his home made mushy peas and bacon together with his home cured packs of salted beef. Delicious and not expensive at £1.50 a pack.

Gary from the Pumpkin Oil company treated people to a taste of his Eastern European delicacy. Nutty and healthy.

Kate from the Coleiac Safe Ltd exhibited her range of gluten free cakes proving that gluten intolerance shouldn't prevent you from indulging.

Tea Box of Sheffield brought some great loose tea blends fresh from their box. How about Rhubarb and Custard. Fruity and Cream in a tea cup.

As well as these first timers we had some great regulars:

Lorna from Heavenlies doing her themed afternoon tea on the lawn. Lorna's gran even made it along to give her moral support. Apparently, Lorna was inspired to bake by her gran and having a sprightly 99 year old there to give her some encouragement helped her sell to her ever increasing band of followers.

Mary Button of the Really Good Cheese Company introduced a crowd of cheese lovers to unique and original local cheeses. How about a Staffordshire with beer and garlic and have you ever tried Dovedale Blue?

Greenside Deli had their best show since starting their new artisan food business just over a year ago. Fantastic and well done.

Luigi from Taste of Italy with his genuine Italian bread. They are imported from Altamura, Puglia. Alongside are his genuine Italian salami and cheese.

Glynne of Splash & Dash provided some great laughs and some fantastic marinades and oils.

Ced and Linda brought a taste of the West Country with their Friary Liqueurs. Fruity flavours with a kick and classic French wine flowed with Genevieve's Beaujolais wine from her family vineyard.

Lee Capille entertained outside providing fresh coffee and paella with the genuine soccarat. The crust that is so treasured by real paella connoisseurs.

Muffin Tops yet again proved that there are cupcakes and cupcakes. These are in a class of their own. The flavours are intense. No bland sponge here topped with fancy icing. Blueberry cupcakes with real fruit all the way through the sponge. Simply brilliant!

Thanks to everybody that came and made it a great day. We now have a few weeks off to refine the next one. A Taste of Asia which will be just a little special.

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Friday, 26 August 2011

Chatsworth and a Food Fair

Only two days to go now to our next Food Fair at Baslow near Chatsworth! .........And what a line up we have got!!

If you are in the Peak District on Sunday 28 August over the Bank Holiday weekend and are looking for something to do ; perhaps wanting to combine an event with a bit of a stroll then look no further!

Our Food Fair at Baslow Village Hall is literally 200 metres from the pedestrian entrance to Chatsworth. Why not have a little stroll through the magnificent parkland of Chatsworth or a guided tour of Chatsworth House itself followed by a visit to Hartingtons Baslow Food Fair.

If you are near Baslow at lunch time pop along and tuck in to some hot food. Charismatic Lee Capille will be serving his home made chicken and chorizo paella together with a vegetarian pasta on the forecourt all day. His food went down a treat at the last Food Fair........very reasonably priced and definitely not to be missed!!

Indoors Lorna of Heavenlies will be serving tea and coffee complemented by her amazing array of home baked goodies and for the chocoholics amongst you we have Boutique Aromatique with her 12 hour steeped hot chocolate!! Mmmmm....delicious.

The full line up for the event on Sunday 28 August is:

Taste of Italy - Luigi's pop up Italian Deli including cheese, pasta, ham, salami, bread and Italian wines

Lee Capille - Hot paella and risotto all day and barista served coffee from his converted fiat van

Heavenlies - afternoon tea delights and a range of delicious savoury treats many of which are fat free and gluten free

Really Good Cheese Co - fantastic range of regional cheese, local bread, crackers and organic apple juice

Muffin Topps - amazing fruit and chocolate muffins, cake pops and other sweet treats

Greenside Deli - home made preserves and chutneys

Fruit and Herb Company - oils, dips and marinades

Halls Home Produce - Mr Hall's home made potted meat and pates

Pumpkin Oil UK - superb nutty pumpkin seed oil for cooking and dips

Friary Liqueurs - award winning fruit liqueurs

Tea Box - fantastic range of blended teas

Domaine du Pyre - Genevieve's Beaujolais wine from her family vineyard

Freedom Lager - from a award winning microbrewery

Boutique Aromatique - fantastic range of hand made chocolates and 12 hr steeped hot chocolate

Hi Life - 2 for 1 dining at local restaurants

Hartingtons - Food events in the area

and some other surprises on the day!!!

The event at Baslow Village Hall (next to the Cavendish Hotel and opposite Il Lupo Restaurant) is on Sunday 28 August. Doors open at 10.30 and the event is on until 4.30. Lots of free tastings on the day. All are welcome. ADMISSION IS FREE.


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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hi-Life winner just announced

Baslow Food Fair has just announced the winner of the Hi-Life card free prize draw from the August 7th Food Fair.

The winner of a FREE Hi-Life card for 12 months is Rebecca Marsh of Sheffield. Congratulations to her and those who missed out this time will have another chance of winning a card in the next prize draw at the Bank Holiday Food Fair nr Chatsworth on Sunday.

Hope you can come along and congratulations to Rebecca and thanks again to Hi-Life for sponsoring our Baslow Food Fairs.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Chatsworth - What's to do?

Are you visiting the magnificent Chatsworth House this weekend?

If so - I don't blame you. There is nothing better than an amble around the grounds of Chatsworth along the River Derwent up to the house and the stable block. If you do go to Chatsworth on Sunday and you like food........ why not also pop along to Hartingtons Baslow Food Fair taking place in the picturesque Peak District Village next door?

Park in the main car park in Baslow, take a stroll to Chatsworth and then pop in to our Food Fair in Baslow Village Hall to experience free tastings from over 20 artisan food producers.

To see our full line up of local food heroes have a look here.

What could be better for Bank Holiday Sunday? A visit to Chatsworth, a bit of exercise and a Food Fair into the bargain. Even better it's all FREE.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Freedom @ Baslow nr Chatsworth

We all love a bit of FREEDOM.

But how about coming along to our Bank Holiday Food Fair in Baslow nr Chatsworth to taste real FREEDOM. That is the award winning Freedom Lager brewed in Staffordshire and now gracing some of the finest eateries in the capital including Jamie Oliver's new restaurant Barbecoa.

The range of lagers includes a Pilsner and unusually a dark organic lager. As well as being organic the beer is suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

You know what they say. Once you've tasted FREEDOM you'll never want to go back. Why not give it a try!

- Food Fairs - Baslow 28th August - nr Chatsworth House

Friday, 12 August 2011

Chocoholics near Chatsworth

It's no secret. I'm a bit of a chocoholic. I love real dark chocolate not the sweet stuff that we are brought up on in this country. Imagine my joy when we were contacted by a true artisan chocolatier wanting to come to our Bank Holiday Food Fair in Baslow on the 28th August.

Shelly Preston is a fine chocolatier with a boutique next to the Welbeck Farm Shop on the Welbeck Estate. I've posted a picture of some of her creations. Even better she is going to do 12 hour hot chocolate at our Baslow Food Fair nr Chatsworth. So chocoholics you know where to come on the 28th August. See you in the queue!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Bank Holiday Food Fair

If you are planning to go to Chatsworth House or into the Peak District for the forthcoming Bank Holiday Sunday (28 August), why not think about popping in to our Food Fair in Baslow?

We have just secured a completely new stallholder for the event. Teabox are a Sheffield based company specialising in loose teas. Come along and check out their extensive range of tea blends. Everything from the comically named rhubarb and custard to your more traditional English Breakfast or even the health giving qualities of a Jasmine Green Tea.

An ideal accompaniment to one of the fabulous range of cup cakes from Muffin Tops, Heavenly Cheesecake Company's New York style cheesecakes or chocolate brownies from Lorna at Heavenlies.

Mmmmm can hardly wait!!

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Monday, 8 August 2011

Latest Baslow Food Fair a Fantastic Success!!

What a great show and it certainly was a show. Much more that just a Food Fair......... It was a carnival of Mediterranean Food.

Thanks to everybody who came along and all the great artisan food producers.

Undoubtedly the best Food Fair yet.

Both Julie and I are looking forward to the next Food Fair on the 28th August but first a little rest....

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