Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets for cooking together events are for 2 people

Tickets to all other classes and class & meals are for individuals

Cooking Together

It’s like going out for dinner, but you learn to cook.  One ticket for 2 people, canapes & drink on arrival, 3 course meal to follow.  Work together throughout (1 set of ingredients, 1 set of equipment).  Lots of time to enjoy eating at our sociable tables.  Chef makes dessert.  Sociable Foodie Fun!

International Cuisines

Cookery Class – usually 3 hours.  Combination of chef demonstration and lots of hands-on cookery.  Tickets sold for individuals, so even if you book 2 tickets, you have your own ingredients and equipment.  You may share a hob and oven with another individual.  You have the opportunity to eat as you cook, there is usually plenty of fod left over to take home.

Cookery Class & Meal – usually 4 hours. Principally similar to the 3 hour classes, so tickets sold for individuals.  More leisurely as at a weekend and there is time to enjoy eating socially at suitable times through the class, usually at the end.  We time these classes to coincide with a meal occasion!   Usually plenty of leftovers to take home.

Skills Classes

Whether Baking or Fish/ Meat or Knife Skills, we offer a drink on arrival and make sure there is the opportunity to eat something at a suitable time in the class.  Expect to take home your creations but for instance, fish doesn’t travel well, so expect to eat plenty!  If you aren’t sure, ask!

We don’t always publish the menu in advance – we like to shop with our eyes and buy fresh, seasonal ingredients.  Plus we look at any food requests on the night. 

Trust us, it will be lovely!

We change menus a lot, but do also repeat menus!  The safest way is to tell us what you cooked the last time and we can make sure you cook something new.  

All our international cuisines have multiple menus, so don’t be afraid of coming to your favourite again!

We hope so!  

Please tell us on the booking notes or give us a call to discuss.  We are very happy to work around specific ingredients and offer alternatives.   We do need to understand if you are so sensitive that the presence of the allergen in the room causes concern.

If  you have an epi-pen, or your child has an epi-pen, please make sure you can self administer or have someone who can assist as we are not trained.

Let us know when you book! 

Please tell us on the booking notes or give us a call to discuss.  In many instances we can work around your preference, if there is a concern, we will discuss with you.

Cooking Together evenings – we aim to design our menu with preferences in mind, so there will usually be a fish/ meat/ veggie option.  We will contact you a week in advance to make sure we have your concerns noted.

Let us know – 

It’s not meant to be a punishment, even though you might like them if you try them!  In most instances we can provide an alternative or you can leave it out/ use less spice etc!

There are options to buy vouchers to specific styles of event or choose a value.

Our vouchers never expire, so it’s a safe option and the recipient can top up or spread the voucher over multiple events if the value is higher.

The voucher is emailed as a pdf for you to print or email to the recipient.  You won’t receive in the post.

Cooking Together

We can manage groups of 3, you will be given extra ingredients – but you will all still work together with the same ingredients and equipment.  If you want to book an extra, add it to the booking notes and get in touch – we can send you a link to pay the extra amount.  If you are a group of 4, you will need to book 2 tickets – you will have hobs opposite each other so you can interact together.

Big & Little Cooks & Parent & Teen

We can work with groups of 3, so an additional child or adult and we will provide you with additional ingredients accordingly. If you are a group of 4, you will need to book 2 tickets and we will ensure you work on opposite hobs so you feel like a group of 4. 

Cookery Class & Meal – usually 4 hours. Principally similar to the 3 hour classes, so tickets sold for individuals.  More leisurely as at a weekend and there is time to enjoy eating socially at suitable times through the class, usually at the end.  We time these classes to coincide with a meal occasion!   Usually plenty of leftovers to take home.

Skills Classes & International Cuisines

Tickets are sold individually so just book the multiple you want.  If you are considering booking a big group – consider if you want a private event and speak to us.  If you book as a 2 or more, we will position you accordingly so you can interact.  You may share a hob and an oven if necessary.

We love a party – so let us help!

We we build the event to your needs, so let’s have a chat and plan. 

We need to know and approximate number or people, time of day and dates…we can then suggest options. 

You can choose to cook a lot, a bit or not at all and just have our chef team look after you. 

We have great wines and can match accordingly for your event.  Menu to be determined with your input.

Cooking Together

We can manage groups of 3, you will be given extra ingredients – but you will all still work together with the same ingredients and equipment.  If you want to book an extra, add it to the booking notes and get in touch – we can send you a link to pay the extra amount.  If you are a group of 4, you will need to book 2 tickets – you will have hobs opposite each other so you can interact together.

Big & Little Cooks & Parent & Teen

We can work with groups of 3, so an additional child or adult and we will provide you with additional ingredients accordingly. If you are a group of 4, you will need to book 2 tickets and we will ensure you work on opposite hobs so you feel like a group of 4. 

Cookery Class & Meal – usually 4 hours. Principally similar to the 3 hour classes, so tickets sold for individuals.  More leisurely as at a weekend and there is time to enjoy eating socially at suitable times through the class, usually at the end.  We time these classes to coincide with a meal occasion!   Usually plenty of leftovers to take home.

Skills Classes & International Cuisines

Tickets are sold individually so just book the multiple you want.  If you are considering booking a big group – consider if you want a private event and speak to us.  If you book as a 2 or more, we will position you accordingly so you can interact.  You may share a hob and an oven if necessary.

Yes!  

We believe that it’s not fair to make your voucher expire before you are ready to use it!  So although our prices may have increased over the period, the financial value it was purchased for will remain valid indefinitely!  We really look forward to seeing you!

It’s really up to you!  But be comfortable and practical… there is food preparation with the potential for spillages, slippery floors and even dropped knives.   You will be standing while you cook, seated while dining.

We provide all l the ingredients and equipment you need for the class.

If you have an apron, bring it as this helps us reduce our impact on the environment as we wash all our aprons after each use.

If on a class, it’s likely there will be leftovers – bring suitable containers to take home.

We will email you the recipes after the class as soon as is practical. 

If someone else booked you on the class, please make sure you update your email address when you are at the school.

 

We don’t give the recipes out during the class as we find people work at different paces and ignore the chef!

If you give us plenty of warning, it’s not an issue. 

If it’s close to the event date please treat us like a sporting event or theatre – we will struggle to resell so please see if you can find someone who is happy to use.  In some circumstances we will be able to utilise a waiting list or can charge an admin fee to rebook.

Generally, yes on a class or class & meal – you make enough food to both eat and take any leftovers home.  We do ask you to bring suitable containers and please think about refrigerating as soon as you get home….we can’t take responsibility for the food once it leaves our kitchen.  If you take it home and leave on a radiator over night…please don’t eat it!

We are lucky to be situated near the motorway network, trains, buses and trams…Manchester Airport is close….and if you give us due warning the farmer over the road will maybe let you land your chopper on the field! 

Public Transport – East Didsbury Train or Tram stop; Parrswood bus stop.  These are all about 5-6 minutes walk.  Head towards Cheadle and you will see a big green sign for the Waterside Hotel, follow the drive down and we are in the first part of the building you reach.

By car – our postcode is M20 5WZ, some sat-navs put us in the middle of the nearby housing… but look for the Waterside Hotel sign and follow the drive down, park in front.  

We are located adjacent to the Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club.  It’s a great hotel, all hotel rooms recently renovated and a fabulous pool, hydrotherapy area and gym available for residents to use.  The best way to book is directly on www.waterside-hotel.co.uk

If you are booking a group – get in touch and we can cordinate for you !

We are located adjacent to the Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club.  There is plenty of free parking in front of the cookery school and even more in the main car park the other side of the hotel building.

We won’t penalise you for doing the right thing and following guidance on COVID, but we also need your help as like most businesses in hospitality, we have been hit by the pandemic.

So firstly, ask around – can anyone use your ticket, giving you the money to rebook.  

Can your friend who you were coming with, find a replacement to come along – it doesn’t mean they like you any less, but it makes sure we aren’t left with an empty workstation and wasted ingredients.

If that doesn’t work – get in touch.  We will send you  voucher to rebook….but please help us by giving us as much warning as possible!

It’s good to talk – call us on 0161 7060505 and we will answer to the best of our knowledge.  If no one answers, leave a message or email [email protected]

  • Cooking Together

    Blend of cookery class & meal out. 1 ticket for 2 people. Work as a pair

  • Cookery Class

    Book and work individually - usually 3 hours.. You will eat as you cook but ad hoc!

  • Class & Meal

    Book and work Individually - usually 4 hours; time to relax and eat built in, usually at the end or at a convenient time

  • Skills Classes

    Book and work Individually - 3-5 hours. We will make sure you eat something appropriate!