The Talbot at Knightwick

Talbot Culinary & Gardening Experiences

Bakery/Game/Brewery/Gardening

Throughout the year, The Talbot offers a number of culinary experiences that teaches participants to the courses a number of skills, such as bread making, butchery, game preparation, fish curing, and many other skills and practices we also utilise here in The Talbot Kitchens.

Head Chef Steve will walk you through all you need to know, you'll also be able to enjoy the food you prepare in the evenings, as well as an overnight stay, and a tour of the Teme Valley Brewery.

If you are interested in any of our experiences, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call 01886 821 235 or email us on info@the-talbot.co.uk.

Below are outlined the Culinary Experiences that are available in 2018:

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Bakery Experience

Next Bakery Event....

Wednesday 25th July 2018 - Friday 27th July 2018

Bread bakery, in detail, is the best way to describe this course. The first one run here at The Talbot, this course will take you through all the steps you need to be more confident with your various doughs and starts/sponge skills, and teach you "how to look after your various doughs in making breads and buns".

Skills that will be shown to you whilst on this course include:

  • Creation of sourdough,
  • Shaping of breads,
  • Preparing yeasts for seeded dough, wholemeal dough and laminated dough (croissants),
  • Shape and bake croissants and 'pain au chocolat'
  • Questions and Answers with Steve our Head Chef.

Game Butchery & Cooking

Next  GAME Preparation Event....

Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Friday 26th October 2018

Wednesday:

Arrive approx. 16:00

A talk with Steve about game, game recognition and a history of game recipes. Q&A. Followed by a grazing supper and drinks in the bar.

Thursday:

8:30/9 Breakfast

9:30/10 Game preparation and butchery. To include – Pheasant, Deer, Rabbit, Partridge & Pigeon.

12:30/13:00 Lunch

13:30/14:00 Ways to cook game. To include – braising, confit, pâté, sous vide and more.

17:00/17:30 Debrief and Q&A

19:30 Meet in Bar

20:00 Diner. Sample the dishes made on the day.

Friday:

Breakfast followed by Brewery Tour.

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Game Experience

Next  GAME Event....

Wednesday 30th January 2019 - Friday 1st February 2019

As with previous Game Experiences that have been run at The Talbot, the range of game that will be used to teach will vary dependant on the availability of game. Usual suspects such as pheasant and pigeon will feature, but additional fur and feather game will be announced upon your arrival.

Skills that will be shown in the course include:

  • Plucking, skinning and gutting, and the butchery required for various fur and feather game,
  • Preservation methods for your game,
  • Smoking,
  • Confit,
  • Pate making,
  • Plus various dishes that can be made with your preserved and fresh game.
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Residential BREWERY Event

Next  BREWERY Event....

Wednesday 29th August 2018 - Friday 31st August 2018

  • TBA.

Residential GARDENING Event

Next GARDENING Event....

Wednesday 4th July 2018 - Friday 6th July 2018

The Talbot Kitchen Garden Experience, with Brewery Tour.

Get away from it all and immerse yourself in our garden experience at The Talbot in the beautiful Teme Valley.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

We offer practical hands on activities covering most aspects of growing for the kitchen. You will also harvest some of our delicious produce for the kitchen to cook for you.

Sue and Noelle, our gardeners, will take you from working with your soil and environment, to harvesting and eating. They are also happy to help with gardening queries, whether you are starting out on a balcony with a pot, or working an acre!

Through practical hands on sessions you will come away ready to start your own kitchen garden, or try some new methods in your established garden.

Steve, our head chef, will show you some cookery and preserving methods. Chris, our head brewer, will show you round the Teme Valley Brewery.

All in the peaceful surroundings of The Talbot....

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Nose-To-Tail Experience

Next Nose-To-Tail Event....

Wednesday 26 September 2018 - Friday 28 September 2018

Pork butchery, in detail, is the best way to describe this course. The first one run here at The Talbot, this course will take you through all the steps you need to be more confident with your butchery skills, and teach you "how to use all of your pig, including the squeak!".

Skills that will be shown to you whilst on this course include:

  • Butchering half a pig, after witnessing Head Chef, Steve, break down the other half,
  • Making cures, both wet and dry, for bacon,
  • Making brawns from the pigs' head,
  • Potted brains,
  • Crispy pigs ears,
  • Pate from different parts of the pig,
  • Pork chops, and how to prepare them,
  • Peppered, preserved pork fillet,
  • Kidney turbigo,
  • How to tie joints for roasting,
  • Trotter jelly, and its uses.