If you can eat it,
we can teach it

The Penninghame Cooking School, is a destination school, located in the beautifully restored stables at at Penninghame Estate, Dumfries and Galloway.

The focus here is on learning to cook in a relaxed intimate setting using the freshest, local seasonal ingredients.

We will teach you the basics and inspire you with the confidence and more importantly the skills to cook for yourself, your friends and families. Our approach to food is simple, modern and imaginative. We love sharing our ideas for delicious food and are constantly finding fresh sources of inspiration to bring to our classes.

As in our restaurant, we use seasonal, local or homegrown produce wherever we can. In fact, our cookery school overlooks our vegetable garden, where you might even pick your own ingredients.

Our vision is to provide a relaxing fun environment where individuals, friends families or work colleagues can enjoy a great day cooking together and then enjoy the fruits of their labour in the dining room or in the courtyard enjoying the late evening sunshine.


at £55/pp

Half days / Full days
& Weekends

16 Places to
each course



Wine, beer and cider
available to purchase

one-on-one time
hands-on advice.

We keep our class sizes small, to give everyone plenty of one-on-one time and hands-on advice. We do all of the prep work in advance, so you’re free to focus on the cooking. We’ll give you course notes and recipes to take home with you, but we also encourage you to ask questions and make your own notes.

All courses here at Penninghame cooking school are a mixture of demonstration and hands on cooking. The course starts with a demonstration and then it is over to you to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. You will receive a recipes pack for you to take home to add to your repertoire so you can keep on cooking them time and time again.

We will also send you a PDF copy of the recipes. Wine, beer and cider are available to purchase to enjoy with your finished meal or to tipple while cooking!


Here at Penninghame Cooking School we will develop a class to suit your particular tastes and passions– Fancy a class just on batch cooking or would you like to learn more about healthy eating – whatever your needs we have a vast range of exciting menus for you to choose from.

Guests are welcomed with coffee and home baked treats as they arrive, then they can either cook their own delicious meal supported by our team.

Or sit back and relax while our team cook up a wonderful four course meal with specially selected wines. We supply all the ingredients, equipment and recipes and you just bring yourselves.


Alex has over thirty years’ experience in the food industry and is just as passionate about what drew her into the kitchen as a young chef today as she was then.

After leaving school, Alex trained as a Cordon Bleu chef, starting her career at the world famous Ballymaloe cookery school in Cork, Ireland. Set on its own organic farm, she honed her passion for using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Over the years Alex has worked in many different roles, head chef, cookery teacher, an assistant producer for cookery TV shows and a recipe developer for books.

Alex now brings her skill and knowledge to Penninghame Estate, providing stunning catering and cookery lessons for our guests.


Annmaree Mitchell is a Freelance Horticulturist from Port Logan, near the Mull of Galloway. Her work is inspired by a childhood spent exploring the local countryside with her parents who opened her eyes to the flora and fauna surrounding her. After training at Logan Botanic Garden, she studied at Barony and Elmwood Colleges, gaining top student awards at both. Her first Head Gardener role was at Glenapp Castle, a property that had lain abandoned for nearly 10 years. Annmaree saw the garden restored back to its former glory before moving on to work as an Instructor at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave School of Gardening, where she enjoyed sharing her passion for all things horticultural with her students.

Now working with Penninghame Estate, she loves helping clients create beautiful and productive gardens whilst preserving historical features and being kind to the environment.