Exeter Cookery School

Creative cookery school on Exeter’s Quayside

From the moment you enter Exeter Cookery School you’ll be inspired to create culinary magic. How so? Well, for starters it’s in a stunning building, three steps away from the water’s edge on Exeter’s increasingly hip and trendy quayside.

Then there’s the welcome from the school’s owners, Jim and Lucy. If anyone can guide you towards cooking masterdom, it’s lead tutor Jim; this engaging character puts nervous course attendees immediately at ease, brings a smile to everyone’s face and, needless to say, has a wealth of cheffing knowledge to impart.

The couple had previously lived in France where Jim successfully taught the locals to cook – not bad for an Englishman! They returned a few years ago and spotted the potential of the 1830s’ warehouse which they artfully converted into their dream cookery school, opening in 2016.

Jim and his small team provide a great mix of half or one day courses, which are constantly changing and being added to, but include topics like pasta or bread making, chocolate, curries or cakes. Courses are tailored to suit any skill level, from absolute basics to advanced techniques. Keep an eye out for visits from special guest tutors, like butcher Peter Greig, the founder of award-winning Pipers Farm or cheese guru Louise Talbot.

Delightful touches ensure time spent at Exeter Cookery School becomes a personal and memorable experience – like enjoying a coffee, lounging on one of the leather sofas or lunch at the communal table, complete with overhead chandelier. You’ll leave at the end of the day with happy memories, cooking confidence and an amazing number of Jim’s ‘secret’ chef’s tips.

60a Haven Road, Quayside, ExeterDevon, EX2 8DP

07415 783759

Owners: Jim and Lucy Fisher

  • Kids welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Outside catering
  • Parking available
  • Private dining available
  • Gluten free options
  • Exclusive use
  • Online shopping
  • Online booking

Sample private dining menu


Salcombe crab with ginger, lime and chilli on baby gem hearts with blood orange mayonnaise


Braised Pipers Farm shoulder of lamb with pommes dauphinoise, creamed leeks, carrots vichy and lamb sauce


Tarte tatin with Devon clotted cream

Insider’s tip

Pop next door to the Boatyard Café and Bakery for one of Emma’s fabulous carby creations.

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