3 Day Cookery Course with River Cottage’s Steven Lamb and Gill Meller

Croan Cottages, 15, 16 & 17 April 2016

Join us for a unique culinary experience as Steven and Gill, of the UK’s famed River Cottage, come to Croan Cottages, Kilkenny, Ireland

Course Details

Date: 15, 16 & 17 April 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm each day
Price: Just €690 per person – includes 2 nights’ accommodation, full board & all teaching sessions.



Contact Details

Croan Cottages,
Co. Kilkenny


+353 (0)56 77 66 868



smCroan Drive & Cottages

Course Description

This is an exclusive opportunity to cook with two of the key members of the River Cottage team.

Join Steven, Gill and the Croan Cottages team of local cooks and artisans for a 3-day, residential cookery course with a difference.

We’ll cook together, learn together and eat & drink together as we gain a first hand experience of Steven and Gill’s knowledge and culinary styles. We’ll also enjoy a true farm to table experience, as we gather many of our fresh, delicious ingredients from the gardens and fields here at Croan.


Steven & Gill will lead morning and afternoon sessions, covering topics including:

  • Curing & Smoking meat,
  • BBQ techniques,
  • Cheaper (and tastier) cuts,
  • Bread making,
  • Pizza in the wood-fired oven,
  • Seasonal Salads,
  • and more…

Steven Lamb

Steven Lamb

Steven Lamb has been at River Cottage since the very beginning and teaches several courses at the River Cottage Cookery School, specialising in Curing & Smoking. He is an award winning author, presenter and appears regularly in the TV series and online.

“My role at River Cottage is varied and fun. It comes with some responsibilities; I teach, write, mess about in front of the camera and often find myself at serious gatherings around the world talking about what River Cottage stands for.”

“I am really looking forward to returning to Ireland and staying at Croan Cottages again. This will be the first residential course that we have run in Ireland and we’re all very excited about it.”



Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Steven:

Steven Lamb is an absolute linchpin of the whole River Cottage operation and has been for a decade. He and I go back to the early days, when River Cottage HQ was a scrubbed-out cow barn with a second-hand kitchen rammed into a shed next door. Steven’s knowledge is as broad as it is deep and that is why he is in such high demand.

As well as teaching, Steven has hosted events and lived at River Cottage HQ as the resident smallholder. He was recently awarded the Highly Commended Food Book at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2015 for the River Cottage Handbook on Curing & Smoking. He works closely with Gill Meller (Head Chef) and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall representing River Cottage both in the UK and abroad.

twitter_thumbSteven on Twitter

The River Cottage Curing and Smoking Handbook


Gill Meller

Gill Meller





Gill Meller has been part of the River Cottage team for almost ten years.

Working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gill has been a major part of all of the activities at River Cottage including sourcing the ethically-produced and sustainable food, creating the ever changing menus and developing the successful cookery school at Park farm.

He appears regularly on the series cooking alongside Hugh, contributes to the cookbooks and teaches at the River Cottage Cookery School.



Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Gill:

Gill has cooked beside me, for me, and sometimes in competition with me, countless times over the last decade. His creativity, curiosity and sheer verve have infiltrated my own cooking and my thinking about food so that I barely know where his kitchen ends and mine begins. Coupled with that originality is a rocksolid ability and true mastery of his craft. He’s a good butcher and a fine baker, as well as a great chef. He knows how to hone smart ideas into dependable recipes you can cook at home. In short, he’s as good a friend as you could hope for in a kitchen.

twitter_thumbGill on Twitter

Pigs & Pork: River Cottage Handbook No.14


3 Day Cookery Course with River Cottage’s Steven Lamb & Gill Meller
Croan Cottages, 15, 16 & 17 April 2016