and supporting local businesses too...
We have partnered with the award winning florist Sarah Maylin to offer guests 3 packages. Sarah writes:
1. I am able to offer the services of making a foraged wreath from greenery, twigs etc foraged at Bethnal&Bec and beyond. I will supply the base, some choices of natural decorations, ribbon, and a set of battery powered lights to be attached to them (if required) . (No one can resist them !)
Foraged wreath including materials and 2 hours instruction £75 per couple
(if they wish to make a second wreath
i.e. one each then its an additional £25)
2. A wreath making session with a bit of bling! Learn how to make a traditional moss based wreath and choose from a selection of decorations to dress the wreath £75
(make an additional wreath for £30)
3. DIY wreath kit. I supply a fully stocked kit including clear printed instructions that you can make whilst enjoying the space. £45 per kit delivered when required
Wreaths aren't just for Christmas! They look beautiful anytime of the year, and once you've learnt how to make one, you can use these skills for any future home-made ones!
Join Kate from Cooking & Carafes for a two hour Pasta Making Experience in your retreat. This foodie experience is perfect for passionate home cooks, or for those of you who just want to try something new, have fun and learn a new skill while drinking prosecco!
Learn to make your own homemade ravioli, you’ll make your own dough, roll your own pasta and then create delicious pillows of filled pasta.
Once you’ve mastered the art of fresh pasta you’ll enjoy a bottle of fizz, served with some delicious antipasti including homemade bread, cheese and cured meats. Kate will then cook and serve your ravioli for you and leave you to enjoy in your retreat.
Sourdough baking is the most ancient way to make bread using flour, water and salt which are fermented using lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast. This process transforms the flour, giving depth of flavour and nutritional benefits.
In this hands on workshop, we will teach you the techniques of making sourdough bread but most importantly help you build knowledge and confidence around it: more than a technique, sourdough is about understanding the process. We will also be discussing how and why consuming real sourdough contribute to our overall health.
You will make and bake your own loaves and have plenty of time to ask your questions throughout. We will break to have a taste of homemade seasonal savoury and sweet sourdough bakes.
4 hours £225
Available Friday & Saturday Only.
Must be pre-booked with Stephanie
Our boxes include our Original Cheese Box, our Cheese and Charcuterie box and our new Gourmet Cheese Box.
Our award winning team select, cut and wrap the perfect cheese board for you.
Our original box includes four cheeses with a pack of biscuits. Our Cheese and Charcuterie box included four cheeses, a selection pack of continental charcuterie and a pack of biscuits. Our Gourmet box includes four cheeses paired with our gourmet mini jellies.
You’ll also be provided with a menu and tasting notes.
IMPORTANT: WHEN ORDERING PLEASE PLACE BETHNAL&BEC AS DELIVERY ADDRESS. THIS WILL ENSURE YOUR BOX IS WAITING FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE!
It is possible to add amounts and dietary requirements to your order and orders are sent next day if ordered by 12pm Monday-Thursday.
Hitchin Forager Jane Simmons will lead a socially-distanced foraging walk around the beautiful countryside surrounding Bethnal&Bec, seeking out seasonal wild food ingredients, discussing the properties of various hedgerow plants and how to use them in cooking, teas, jams and preserves.
You'll then head back to your retreat to sample some pre-made foraged jam and pesto and pick Janes immense knowledge on how to use your ingredients you've collected.
We have partnered with Jimmy from CocktailDelivery.co.uk to offer you the ability to pre-order everything to make cocktails, then, at a pre-arranged time, head to ZOOM for 45 minute masterclass with him on how to make delicious cocktails with what you've pre-ordered... how cool is that?!
Fermenting vegetables is an old way of preserving them thanks to naturally occurring bacteria. More than a preserving process, it is incredibly delicious and nourishing. The benefits of this process are both culinary, creating an umami flavour as well as nutritionally: consuming fermented products contributes to gut health.
The workshop will start with a taster of sourdough breads and a selection of fermented products to excite the tastebuds! Then you will be making your own ferments: a traditional Korean kimchi and an amazing variety of fermented foods and drinks which you will keep and see ferment overtime (we provide the glass jars and containers). We will be discussing about gut health and why eating and drinking fermented foods contribute to our overall wellbeing.
I am very excited to share this workshop with you, as it is a simple yet very efficient way of adding some fermented foods in your diet and understanding the reasons why they are so good.
3 hours £175
Available Friday & Saturday Only.
Must be pre-booked with Stephanie
Passionate about reconnecting people with food through cooking classes and workshops, Chef Naturelle is a small business run by naturopathic chef Stéphanie. The dishes are plant-based and inspired by nature and its seasons with a focus on vibrant, nutrient-rich and sustainable food, using natural ingredients free of refined flours, sugars. All ingredients are organic and sourced locally as much as possible, some of which are homegrown. It's all about food that makes us feel good in our body, mind and heart!
Designed to give people the knowledge and the tools to develop their confidence and trust their senses whilst having fun in the kitchen! Guests can choose from learning to cook a delicious and wholesome 2 course meal from scratch or a themed class - our most popular are fermentation and healthy baking.
Prices start at £250 for 3 hours, including all the ingredients and the washing up!
Kate Ailey, founder of Cooking & Carafes, a foodie business born out of a passion for Italy and pasta! Kate’s love of Italian culture and cuisine doesn’t come from her roots as such, but from years travelling to Italy as a child, and then living in Sardinia in her 20s.
What started as a hobby, cooking in her Hertford flat, making fresh pasta, and sharing recipes on her blog and social media has now transformed into a small business.
What Kate doesn't know about Pasta making isn't worth knowing... her cooking comes with love and passion, and she's a firm favourite with our guests
Charlotte, from No Pickle Events, offers British and Asian Fusion food. Married to a Chinese/Malaysian, and an ex-Masterchef contestant she has been providing our Private Dining experience for over a year with us. Her food is simply incredible!
Charlotte worked under John Torode at his flagship restaurant Smiths of Smithfield for 3 years working up to head Chef. Since then, Charlotte has raised her large family alongside working on many high profile events as a private chef.
Passionate, knowledgeable and outgoing, and Private Dining experience with Charlotte is a mix of learning and decadent dining
I am Stéphanie, a true believer that food can bring happiness! Born in the south west of France, I was brought up in the heart of French food culture which is all about bringing people together to enjoy the art of good food. My mum - a real inspiration and a chef by trade - and my entire family, all amazing cooks, have been cultivating this art and passing it down to me.
Self-taught chef and recipe developer, I have always loved experimenting in the kitchen and cooking for others - any excuse to see the smile on people’s faces at the end of a meal! My food journey has changed over the years, influenced by my travels and the evolution of the food industry. I became a flexitarian, a vegetarian, a plant-based but butter eater… then I forgot about labels - I find that they are often source of conflict and far too restrictive when there are as many ways of eating as there are individuals! What I do believe in is eating real wholesome food and of cooking in harmony with nature.
Tasting menu featuring the best of what’s in season which
includes an aperitif (alcoholic or not), canapés and three courses
From £175 for 2 people
Kish never planned on becoming a chef. Like all good stories, it happened by pure chance. After finishing three years at university studying Business Economics, Kish decided he wanted to work abroad and Greece was his chosen destination.
Starting as a dishwasher, Kish quickly turned his attention to the food the restaurant was producing: fresh Mediterranean fare with a focus on seafood. Learning the basics quickly, Kish realised he found his passion.
Over the last 12 years, Kish has worked in several highly-respected and well-reviewed restaurant kitchens within central London. Working his way up to Group Head Chef, Kish has dedicated his career to designing beautifully simple meals that blend his creativity with his love of fresh, local ingredients.
Like many, during the COVID-19 pandemic Kish was looking for ways to keep himself busy whilst still cooking and staying safe. It was here where Chef at Home was born. It started with cooking for neighbours and close friends but soon word spread and eventually Kish decided to give up his full time job and submerge himself completely in Chef at home.
Taking inspiration from various cuisines around the world but using the freshest local ingredients, you will experience the wonderful flavours from Mexico to India, Lebanon to Thailand and in between. Kish will work with you to agree a menu in advance.