It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s creative, it’s witty and it’s a highly entertaining activity for all ages. In this race against the clock, you will need to use your thinking skills to solve a series of clues, scavenge a number of items, take some brilliantly creative snaps and win some great prizes! You can work in pairs or in a team of up to ten people.
Strategy and Clue Solving - After you have been briefed, you and your companions will head off with a treasure hunt pack filled with clues, riddles, maps and - of course - essential chocolate supplies. You will have to work together to set the strategy, solve the clues, plan the route and get the questions answered.
Scavenger Points and Photo Challenges - You will be given bags of chocolate coins, to ‘bribe’ your way to gathering the scavenger items. During the race, you will also need to keep your eyes peeled and wits about you to collect the photo bonus points. There will be lots of chances to get some great snaps, so everyone can get their pose on!
Prizes - The more clues you solve, the better the prize - but, whatever size the prize, everyone will leave with a bag of delicious Belgian chocolate to take home and enjoy.
Please note, this gift is for two people but the venue will require a group of 6 for the hunt to go ahead so you will be paired up with other treasure hunters. My Chocolate will give you as much notice as possible for any bookings that cannot go ahead due to lack of participants.
Combine a lovely meal with an entertaining night of live music with this dining experience at The Jazz Café.
Jazz is a music genre that originated from African American communities in the southern United States. Now it can be found all over the world and this experience is a great introduction to this genre. The Jazz Café is passionate about providing their guests with delicious food and a superb bar in a truly inviting atmosphere, so you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable evening.
Upon arrival you will be shown to your table where you will be able to choose two courses from your set tasting menu. You will be free to spend the whole evening at the club and enjoy the live entertainment. Additional food and drinks can be purchased on the night.
Please note that the venue features other music genres, including Funk, Soul and RnB music. Please check upon booking which music genre will be playing.
Celia Brooks is a passionate cook, food writer and TV chef, committed to inspiring others in the kitchen, through her writing, demonstrations and TV appearances. Everything she does is about inspiring people to appreciate good food.
All of Celia's Gastrotours are a unique opportunity to join her for an insider's view of London's vibrant culinary hotspots. She has specially designed each day to be bursting at the seams with exclusive food and wine tastings and encounters with passionate foodies and producers: a chance to discover new tastes, rediscover old ones, and to acquire knowledge about food and wine through all your senses.
You can choose between two different tours, either Portobello Road or Covent Garden.
Portobello Road is known as one of the funkiest street markets in London, but few are aware of the inspiring culinary secrets peppered throughout this famous neighbourhood. You'll taste your way around the area, including tapas, fine hams, cheeses and olives, and samples from artisan market stalls. Enjoy discovering culinary treasures like exotic herbs and spices, tasting premium naturally reared British meats, and savouring a cheese and wine-matching experience at the best local vintner. The day concludes with a special tasting and demonstration in the kitchen of a unique chocolate boutique.
While in Covent Garden Celia will escort you through the tourist mayhem to uncover the neighbourhood's true foodie gems. You'll be treated to a host of treats, including a sampling of the hippest new superfoods, English cheeses, Egyptian street food, surprise tastings from the Real Food Market and more, all peppered with stories about the neighbourhood's fascinating history. A unique Italian wine tasting with "ciccette" (Italian tapas) completes this varied and colourful foodie experience in the heart of London's West End.
All diets can be catered for.
Beer festivals have grown in popularity in the UK in recent years, to the point where there is a wide variety on offer for newcomers and returning visitors alike. The festivals are renowned for their fun and energetic atmospheres, offering visitors different types of UK and international beers and real ales in a highly social environment!
A real ale festival is the perfect place to sample a selection of real ales, ciders and beers from the UK and overseas.
Upon arrival you will need to hand your booking confirmation over at the gate, those turning up without their confirmation will not be able to gain entrance to the festival. You will find numerous different stalls and activities to enjoy!
If there’s anything better than enjoying the luxury that is an afternoon tea, then it is doing so in a tea room which encapsulates the very essence of this popular tradition!
The Grade II listed building which dates back to the 14th Century is even older than the idea of afternoon tea itself. The sandstone walls and exposed beams would already have been period features when the Duchess of Bedford was pioneering her gatherings of friends for sandwiches and cake between meals.
This afternoon tea experience is a chance to sample a taste of the high life, with just a touch of wanton extravagance thrown in. It’s a perfect experience for anyone using this as a chance to recharge their batteries after a morning exploring Chester, whether they’ve been seeing the sights or just doing a little shopping in the vibrant town centre.
This afternoon tea has just the right balance of savoury sandwiches and freshly baked cakes, making it feel a deliciously indulgent way to spend an afternoon.
Guests will enjoy unlimited tea or coffee to accompany their selection of finger sandwiches and fruit scones which are served with butter, jam and Rhodda’s traditional Cornish clotted cream with freshly sliced strawberries. There is also a choice of cakes all made from the freshest ingredients which make these mouth-watering morsels truly tempting.
With such an array of dainty delicacies and a selection of sweet treats, the addition of a glass of bubbly makes this the perfect way to enjoy a refined celebration or just a chance to spend some quality time together
You and your guest will have the choice to dine indoors or out on the patio whilst you enjoy your traditional afternoon tea. This carefully hand-picked menu will include all your traditional afternoon tea elements of dainty finger sandwiches, indulgent cakes and fluffy scones all accompanied by a bottle of bubbly.
The friendly staff at Urban Meadow will welcome you and your guest into the café or if it’s a sunny day, you are welcome to dine al fresco on their lovely patio area. You can watch the hustle and bustle of London pass you by whilst indulging in a delicious array of savoury and sweet treats. Not to mention, a bottle of bubbly too!
You can choose from a variation of Sri Lankan, South African and Buddhist inspired teas. These will include a choice of 11 different blends, including your classic Earl grey, refreshing peppermint or an aromatic Jasmine flower tea. The dainty sandwiches will include your classic afternoon tea favourites; smoked salmon, chicken with pesto, cucumber with cream cheese and of course egg mayo with cress.
Cake and pastries will also be on the menu to satisfy your sweet tooth and of course no afternoon tea would be complete without fluffy scones with lashings of Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam. As well as your selection of delicious teas to choose from, you and your guest will also enjoy a bottle of bubbly to make your afternoon that extra bit special!
Anyone who loves chocolate will be in heaven at The Famous 1657 Chocolate House. The smell of chocolate as you walk in is just a taster of what is in store. Discover the delights of chocolate in all its different forms. You'll be able to watch a video of "The Journey of the Cocoa Bean", read wall panels displaying the history of chocolate and browse through 'Aladdin's Cave' chocolate Shop. The shops design is like a step back in time where you can enjoy a taste of old English charm.
Your voucher entitles you each to choose one of 16 types of speciality hot chocolates and a slice of hand made gateau! You will also share a chocolate dipping platter, consisting of dipping fresh fruit into Milk and Dark chocolate, you'll also be able to pick 100g of chocolates from over 100 kinds from the chocolate shop. A true chocolate experience that is bound to satisfy even the biggest chocoholic out there!
Reveal your creative, culinary flair with a truly wicked combination of cocktail and chocolate creations. The Roaring Twenties themed workshop will channel a mix of modern and traditional sophistication as you discover the rich history and science behind of both indulgences.
To begin, you'll sample a range of delicious flavours, textures and styles from all over the globe as you muddle, shake and strain your way to the perfect cocktail blend. Exploring the science of flavour, you'll discover how ingredients interact and complement one another, with a lot of test tasting along the way! After the cocktails, Master Chocolatiers will guide you through artful demonstrations, sharing adventurous combinations of herbs, spices, essential oils and of course, chocolate. Next, you'll adorn smooth and rich dark chocolate truffles with decorations such as, white chocolate flakes, strawberry curls and honeycomb. You'll leave feeling truly indulged alongside your own bespoke creations, including at least 15 handmade chocolates, packaged up in gorgeous ribbon tied bags.
Anyone who has watched the professionals whipping up a delicious dish on television and wished that they had the skills to make magic in the kitchen will love the opportunity to learn from a professional with a cookery demonstration. Your day will include demonstrations from a professional chef and plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you may have about how to ensure that every dish you prepare has a little flair. Whether it’s learning the essential skills you need to prepare food perfectly, finding out how to combine flavours and textures to give you the confidence to get creative with your cooking, or just the chance to learn the tricks of the trade from someone in the know.
Your experience will start with a warm welcome complimented with refreshments. A qualified chef will then provide you with a cookery demonstration in a fun atmosphere where you will witness the cooking of several dishes in the theme of the lesson. Depending on the location, your demonstration will take place in a purpose built cookery school or the more intimate surroundings of a professional's home. You will either get to taste food along the way or sit down to a meal at the end, comprising of the dishes that were cooked in front of you.
Themes will vary throughout the year at each school. To give you a flavour of what's available, themes may include canapes, baking, pastries and desserts, Mediterranean, vegetarian dishes or curries and side dishes. Please check themes and dates on booking.
Cookie Girls two hour cupcake decorating class will allow you to reach a new level of professionalism in your icing and decorating techniques. Secure a spot on the popular cupcake decorating course in London and you'll be taught how to pipe to perfection and decorate with flair using a variety of techniques.
With the class taking place in Xanthe’s private kitchen the atmosphere is kept personal and informal. Even if you are a complete beginner her teaching style will give you great confidence in mastering the techniques.
You will leave the session with a wealth of newfound knowledge that takes your cake decorating to exciting new dimensions as well as taking 8 gorgeous cupcake creations home to share with your friends and family. You even get a Cookie Girl cupcake decorating kit to ensure you can recreate all the techniques at home.
Enjoy something different by treating yourself and a loved one to a tasty meal out at Kyoto Kitchen, Winchester’s specialist award winning Japanese restaurant. You can both enjoy a delicious meal worth £69 from either the set or a la carte menu which will give you a flavour of authentic Japanese dining.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by your server and seated. You can both choose to order from either the set or a la carte menu, each contains a delightful selection of Japanese dishes such as chicken gyoza, beef tataki, salmon miso teriyaki and lots more! You are encouraged to follow your taste buds with a leisurely tapas style experience and enjoy as the chef prepares - the true Japanese way! The exact menu will vary depending on seasonal availability.
There is also a vegetarian option available, please advise the restaurant when booking. Please note, the total amount of £69 will be deducted from the price of your total bill.
Set within a Grade II 17th century listed Chapel, Calcutta Brasserie offers a unique culinary experience; a revelation of civilisation, a culture, a history, a country rich with a subtle and spectacular diversity of ingredients, spices, cooking styles and tradition. Calcutta Brasserie brings you the most traditional and authentic tastes of India.
Located in the picturesque and historic town of Stony Stratford, the award winning restaurant has been named as one of the best Indian restaurants in the country; testament to the passion and detail put into each and every dish.
This experience entitles two people to a delicious three-course meal. The menu will vary depending on the season. You will, of course, have the opportunity to purchase drinks or other courses to accompany your meal when you visit.
Take some time out with this gin experience for two at a sophisticated and trendy bar located in the heart of Westbourne.
You and your guest will enjoy a gin or wine flight each with a choice of nibbles to share.
Once welcomed by the friendly staff, you and your guest will be served a choice of either 3 glasses of gin or wine each, accompanied by some tasty rustic breads.
You will then have the option to choose 3 nibble dishes to share from their tapas menu such as their distinctive smoked duck pate with red onion on toasted bread or their tempting aged Spanish Manchego cheese with blossom honey.
You are welcome to purchase extra drinks or nibble dishes on the day.
Whilst some people find cooking enjoyable and therapeutic, there are also those who lack the confidence to throw themselves into preparing a meal without plenty of preparation. This half day cookery lesson is not only a great chance to learn more about the essential skills needed to prepare great food, but also to learn everything you could hope to know so that you feel at ease when it comes to tackling a new recipe. A lesson with a professional chef is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the secrets of preparing fool-proof dishes, how to ensure that you aren’t too heavy handed with your seasoning and hints and tips on making fantastic food to impress your family and friends.
After a warm welcome on arrival you will meet your expert cookery teacher who will talk you through the day's programme and what you will be cooking during your lesson. Then it will be your turn to get your apron on and get cooking. At the end you will either be able to sit down and sample what you have made over a relaxed meal with the other attendees or take it away to enjoy later.
Themes will vary throughout the year, to give you a flavour of what's available, classes may include bread making, baking cakes, Mediterranean, vegetarian dishes or curries and side dishes. Please check themes and dates on booking. These sessions will take place at least twice per month depending on demand and availability.
If you are in need of a gift for a pair of chocoholics, this experience combines full indulgence with an exploration of London’s chocolate scene; two ingredients for the perfect treat. Or maybe you'd like to treat the chocolate lover in your life to an experience full to the brim of sweetness and fancying joining them. Whatever the occasion, the London VIP Chocolate Tour promises a day filled with the finest, most exquisite chocolates to come out of London’s boroughs. Even if you know the capital quite well, you are sure to discover new spots and hidden gems as you discover the history behind London’s exquisite chocolate trade.
You’ll start the tour at Green Park Underground Station, where you’ll be met by your guide; a former coffee and cocoa commodity trader with seven years experience of the industry, who is as knowledgeable as they are friendly. Along the way, you’ll be visiting between six and seven Chocolate shops and Artisans, including two suppliers who provide chocolate to the Queen and The Royal Family. Your tour will complete between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus, by which point you’re sure to have sampled a great variety of treats.
Budding bakers can put their culinary hats on for a two hour macaroon making class. Throughout your experience, you will create a selection of macaroons in a variety of flavours. The fully qualified chefs at the Smart School of Cookery have designed the perfect class that will teach you how to make these delicate confections, achieving perfect results every time. Their pretty colours and endless selection of fillings mean they not only look great, but will taste delicious too.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of the chefs at the Smart School of Cookery. They will give you a brief overview of what to expect from the class then you will get changed in to your aprons, ready to get your cook on!
You will learn the skill of making an array of classic French macaroons with a selection of delicious fillings with the experts.
The chef will ask a small group at a time to join him/her to prepare and cook during the session. Their extensive experience and success is based on this method to ensure maximum education and knowledge is passed onto our guests because of course it is a cookery class after all. Once the class has been completed you will receive an email within 24 hours with all recipes that you have learnt from that day.
Spend an indulgent afternoon together enjoying a royal afternoon tea in Armathwaite Hall. Visit this luxurious Lake District hotel magnificently set in 400 acres of deer park and woodland, bordered by the beauty of Bassenthwaite Lake and framed by the dramatic Skiddaw mountain and Lake District fells. It is as romantic as the surrounding countryside, whatever the season.
Relax in style, perhaps after a day of discovering the Lake District, or even after divulging in the many other leisure activities available in and around Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa.
Your royal afternoon tea will consist of a selection of sandwiches, scone with jam and clotted cream and a selection of sweet and savoury items. All of this will be accompanied by a pot of tea of coffee, a glass of house Champagne and a large bottle of mineral water. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice required.
You can dine in either the conservatory while taking in the magnificent views across Lake Bassenthwaite, or you can choose to relax in front of the real log fire in the hall lounge.
MAP Maison is a home away from home. Map Maison offers something different, a popular afternoon tea and brunch spot during the day and acclaimed cocktail bar from early evening until late night. Taking inspiration from all over the world and bringing together an electric mix of small plates and cocktails.
Your afternoon tea may vary slightly as their menu changes every 8 weeks, but your luxury afternoon tea will include a tapas inspired selection of savouries, including sourdough baguette with toppings such as 18 months aged Iberico ham, buffalo mozzarella, avocado mash, mini brioche burgers and more. You will be treated to a generous array of sweet treats such as red velvet cake, daily changing dessert shots, chocolate fudge cake, choux pastries and a selection of mini cheesecakes. And most importantly this will be accompanied with a glass of fizz or a cocktail. One pot of tea each from Canton Tea company’s wide choice of luxury teas is also included.
Please note that MAP Maison are currently unable to offer gluten, dairy, nut free or vegan afternoon teas. Vegetarian afternoon tea is available.
Many people don't realise that England produces its very own wine! Well, this is an ideal opportunity to find out about the English wine industry by enjoying a tour of one of England's finest vineyards, followed by a tasting session.
During the tour, your experienced guide will explain the history of English wine, how grapes are grown on a commercial scale, the methods used at the vineyard, and the reasons for the choice of grapes grown. You will also learn about the wine production processes for different types of wine. To complete the experience, you will sample a selection of the wines made at the vineyard.
Many of the vineyards have cafés or a restaurants where you can make the most of your experience and treat yourself to lunch. Programmes vary slightly depending on your chosen location.
Many do not realise England produces its very own wine! Well, this is an ideal opportunity to find out about the English wine industry by enjoying a tour of one of England's finest vineyards followed by a tasting session and lunch.
On arrival you will be served tea or coffee and biscuits. Next you will be taken on a guided tour around the vines, where your tour guide will talk you through the method of growing vines. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Next it is on to the winery, where you will learn about the wine-making process. Finally it is on to the tasting room, where you will receive a tutored tasting of 5 wines. After this it is time for lunch, you will receive a sit-down buffet lunch of farmhouse pate, 3 English cheeses (Cheddar, Stilton, Cornish Brie) salads, grapes, pork pie, relish, crusty bread and butter accompanied by a glass of wine.
In summer you have the chance to sit out on the patio and enjoy the warm weather! After lunch there will be plenty of time to browse the shop and buy some of the wines you have tasted.
Professional wine tasters may be known for wasting good wine by spitting it out and the floral language used in their almost impenetrable descriptions of the wines that they sample, but learning about wine doesn’t have to be a long-winded process. This experience can provide guests with as much as they need to know about selecting a bottle of wine that they will enjoy and the best way to bring out the flavours of a range of wines.
This session will focus on Italian wines, and guests will get to taste five different types of wine, each paired with a cheese which will bring out its natural undertones. With guidance and advice from the experts, this is a chance to learn everything from how the grapes are chosen and grown to the best way to serve wines and what to eat with them to enhance their flavours.
This experience is a chance for any wine enthusiast to learn more about their favourite tipple, whether they are completely new to the world of wine tasting or already have some understanding of the way that the professionals fine-tune their palates. Guests will join a group who will all get the chance to taste red, white and sparkling wines, with rosé available on request, alongside cheeses which have been chosen specially to bring out flavours in the wines that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The experts will be on hand throughout to answer questions, offer advice and explain everything anyone could possibly wish to know about pairing wines with suitable foods including how to serve them to maximise their hidden flavours and what to look out for when choosing a bottle to go with any meal.
London Cookery School, Islington, London
Bex from National Accounts, May 2018
What did you get up to?
I had a great time learning how to make Dim Sum. Our Dim Sum expert, Will, was thoroughly knowledgeable and passionate which made the whole experience even more fun! It was really satisfying to go from making and rolling out the dough, to steaming the parcels and seeing them form. At the end of the session, once all Dim Sum were cooked, we were able to eat everything we had made. Needless to say, I was absolutely stuffed!
What did you enjoy the most?
Getting to eat something I had made meant it was even more tasty!
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