Cookery School

The Essential Vegan

From: £150.00

If you have a gluten allergy/intolerance please get in touch with us before booking this class by emailing or calling 0161 925 200. A list of classes which are suitable for those who have a gluten allergy/intolerance are listed here.

Get creative with our plant-based workshops to expand your vegan culinary horizons! The Essential Vegan focuses on making incredible dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner – so you can be plant-powered for every single meal.

Start your day off with a citrus and ginger power shot before mastering the art of the breakfast burrito and exploring quinoa porridge.

Lunchtime vegan meal plans include amazing buddha bowls which taste as amazing as they look, and then we will show you how to make dairy-free dinners and desserts. You will get to cook amazing dishes and also view demonstrations on vegan mayo, pesto, tofu and much more…

Recipes we are likely to make include:

  • Butternut Squash Lasagne
  • Buddha Bowls
  • Scrambled Tofu
  • Quinoa Porridge
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Sweet Potato Falafels

Above recipes are subject to availability of ingredients.

We want you to truly love your cookery experience with us, so here is a little more information about how the day will run – that way the only thing you need to think about is having a great time!

What to expect… 

We welcome students of all abilities, so whatever your current skill level, you’ll fit right in. And you don’t have to be veggie to enjoy our courses – everyone’s welcome! Our cookery experiences will help you hone your cooking skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere. You’ll dive right in with hands-on practical cookery sessions, under the expert guidance of our experienced tutors, who will share their wealth of knowledge with you. Attendee numbers are kept small so you’ll have maximum contact with the tutors – and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the day to ask any questions you may have.

What you’ll need to bring…

Here at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. With this in mind, it is helpful if you can bring a few reusable containers with you to take home some of the food you cook (there are usually leftovers!) However, don’t worry if you don’t have any – we can provide food containers if needed.

What else you need to know…

All ingredients and equipment for the course are provided for you, and you will receive your own recipe pack to take home containing all the recipes you’ll make on the day.

We have lots of free car parking available on site. If you’re getting here by public transport, we are only a short taxi ride or a 20 minute walk from Altrincham bus station/train station/Metrolink (Altrincham line). Here’s our address: Vegetarian Society Cookery School, Parkdale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4QG.

As soon as you get here, we’ll make sure you’ve got a cup of tea or freshly-brewed coffee to help make you feel right at home (and we also have a water cooler if hot drinks aren’t your thing). We’ll make sure refreshments are provided throughout the day – there’s no need to bring any with you.

On our cookery experiences, there’s always loads of food being made – and this will be part of your lunch, so there’s no need to bring any lunch with you either!

We have Vegetarian Society Cookery School aprons for students to use on the courses – and if you really like them, they are available to purchase at the school.

Throughout the day, there are lots of opportunities to take photos/videos (which are great for sharing on social media), so feel free to get your phones or cameras out and snap away! The only thing we ask is that you check with the other students if they are in any photos you want to put on social media.

If you have any other questions about your course, you can always give us a call on 0161 925 2000 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) – we’re happy to help.

And finally: enjoy yourself! 

Additional information

Time and dietary info

Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

169 reviews for The Essential Vegan

  1. Louise

    Sam was inspiring, informative and gave great variety of recipes and ideas!

  2. Barry

    Amazing teacher and great course

  3. J Birch

    So well organised and excellent food choices

  4. Dan

    Good food

  5. Phil

    It is a fun day definitely worth attending.

  6. Paul

    Well explained and nice food

  7. Nicola

    Definitely recommend, covered lots and a good mix of making and demo.

  8. Ian

    Get on it, it’s ace- super informative.

  9. James

    Great teacher.

  10. David

    Have a go, it’s great.

  11. Charlotte

    It’s fun! Do it, you’ll learn something

  12. Laura

    Lovely, friendly atmosphere. Very relaxed but extremely informative at the same time.

  13. Scott

    Come with an empty stomach, leave full up & fulfilled

  14. Lucy

    Friendly and helpful instruction by Fiona

  15. Lynn

    Lots of great recipes

  16. Marie

    This course is a must especially if like me you want to eat a healthy diet

  17. Siobhan

    Some good ideas for home cooked meals

  18. Sarah

    Good range of recipes covered

  19. Bernie


  20. John

    Great choices, and great teacher!

  21. Kevin

    Excellent course, very laid back. Very easy to follow, very educational!!

  22. Glenda

    An excellent, busy day

  23. Nadine

    Informative, good presentation and range of recipes

  24. Sam

    All very good

  25. Rachel

    Come and try it

  26. Jen

    Lots of great ideas and has improved my confidence

  27. Frank

    Good fun. Really tasty food. Srambled tofu, who knew!!

  28. Pascale

    Really informative,well led, interesting.

  29. Katrina

    Excellent and informative course, with lots of tips thrown in.

  30. Adam

    A fun day out and have a crack at some new recipes

  31. Ste

    Very enjoyable and informative

  32. Sam

    All very good

  33. Melissa

    Have a go! Super easy and can use daily

  34. Richard

    Well thought through and straightforward recipes.

  35. June

    Informative, fun and delicious.

  36. Mike

    Professional friendly and knowledgeable.

  37. Deanna

    Excellent approachable tutor.

  38. Shelley

    V informative, great adaptable and fun recipes.

  39. Samantha

    I have learned lots and really enjoyed the relaxed friendly atmosphere

  40. Jackie

    Would recommend.

  41. Alex

    So much fun and knowledge packed into one day! Tutor Fiona was fab too

  42. Laura

    Everything was excellent. Varied recipes and fantastic tutor.

  43. Patrina

    Brilliant day

  44. Sheryl

    Excellent course

  45. Kim

    Go for it, you will have a really enjoyable day.

  46. Irina

    Well organised, fun and plenty of good recipes

  47. Jane

    Highly recommended for anyone trying to eat more plant based foods

  48. Mike

    Clear guidance and instructions, not vegan but will definitely try more recipes.

  49. Emma


  50. Jenny

    Do it

  51. Lynne

    Great place to learn new ideas in a safe environment

  52. Hazel

    Just had the most amazing time. Meeting lovely people.

  53. Andy

    Well worth it not intimidating very friendly and informative

  54. Hannah

    Fabulous teacher and recipes

  55. Leoma

    Come hungry!

  56. Magdalena

    Versatile range of dishes to prepare,and learning the new skills!

  57. Millie

    If you wanna learn more vegan food, this is a good course

  58. Harriet

    Really friendly staff and nice food

  59. Dave

    Excellent tutor, interactive experience

  60. Sally

    Informative enjoyable and fun

  61. Diana

    Great recipes practical experience and great tutor

  62. Sonia

    Good atmos and teaching

  63. Louise

    Really enjoyed the course. Our teacher, fiona, was great and the tips and recipes were fantastic!

  64. Kerry

    Was a fantastic course

  65. Elaine

    It’s a great day to inspire you to cook/bake better meals

  66. Barry

    I have gained inspiration, confidence, new recipes, happy stomach and taste buds.

  67. Lynne

    Great tutor, great company, practical and straightforward recipes.

  68. Ian

    Lots of good ideas to take and build from. Scrambled tofu Wow!

  69. Davina

    Great classmates, helpful, knowledgeable tutor. Superb atmosphere.

  70. Cerian

    Gained recipe ideas, excellent.

  71. Julian

    Would greatly recommend coming and giving this a try, even if your skill and knowledge level is low.

  72. Ally

    Do it. Very enjoyable.

  73. Mark

    Clear guidance and instructions, not vegan but will definitely try more recipes.

  74. Leoma

    Interesting and tasty recipes. Come hungry!

  75. Hazel

    Just had the most amazing time meeting lovely people. Defo try it.

  76. Lynne

    Great day, patient tutor. Great place to learn new ideas in a safe environment.

  77. Hannah

    Fabulous teacher and recipes. Really worth while.

  78. Andy

    Was as I’d expected thoroughly enjoyed it all. Well worth it not intimidating very friendly and informative.

  79. Pam

    Excellent tutor,always on hand to answer Q’s. Good visual learning.

  80. Anon

    Give it a go! Good variety of foods

  81. Helen

    I gained a better range of meal ideas.

  82. Emma

    Great course for a newbie like me.

  83. Cameron

    I had a great time-Fiona was friendly and helpful and the recipes deliciously easy.

  84. Fran

    A fun, busy day where you will learn alot.

  85. Trevor

    I would encourage you to book – everything was good.

  86. Vicki

    Excellent course, covering many different recipes. Excellent tutor in a great setting

  87. Siobhan

    Excellent. Well run. Very enjoyable thank you

  88. Susan S

    Its a great course for all cookery levels

  89. Irina

    Well organised, fun and plenty of good recipes

  90. Mike

    Clear guidance and instructions, not vegan but will definitely try more recipes.

  91. Michelle

    Great day, amazing

  92. Kim

    Small group of students and a friendly tutor who put everyone at ease.

  93. Katie

    My favorite bits of the course were learning how to make mayo and meeting fellow lovely vegans

  94. Brollinson

    Brilliant staff and location, great fun!

  95. Georgia

    This course is for you if you need a confidence boost and new ideas to make you meals taste better

  96. Gillian

    Well worth it it, I really enjoyed it and came away have learnt lots

  97. Mike

    Great course very well delivered

  98. Dee

    Do it, it’s great! you learn a lot, eat a lot and get food to take home

  99. Penny

    You’ll be amazed at how creative vegan food can be

  100. Rebecca

    Definitely, it’s an easy, brilliant atmosphere with an excellent tutor. I really enjoyed it

  101. Susan

    I enjoyed my day and have more confidence about preparing vegan food. Thank you!!

  102. Kirsty

    An extremely well structured and well organised session with a very friendly, approachable tutor who makes it seem easy to incorporate veganism into your lifestyle and palette. Thank you!

  103. Clare M

    Very inspirational- I feel I can leave here + start to change my diet for the better. Thanks Fiona.

  104. Elisha

    Definitely come on this course if you want to learn more about vegan meals and are too scared to try alone. Our tutor Fiona had great knowledge and was very friendly!

  105. Lucy

    This is definitely worth it, I highly recommend it 🙂 I learnt a lot, nice relaxed atmosphere with a lovely group of people.

  106. Eric

    I have an improved knowledge of vegan cooking. Do it- it’s well worth it and you’ll learn loads!

  107. Carrie V

    I’m trying to adopt a vegan diet and wanted new ideas, which I got. I’m especially excited about the vegan meringues.

  108. Steve W

    Good food, great teachers.

  109. Carys B

    Fun, relaxed, friendly environment- good for people who want to learn more about vegan ingredients and non-dairy substitutes and have a chance to try out some delicious vegan recipes.

  110. Jade

    I really enjoyed the day!

  111. Sally R

    Fiona was great and I discovered the wonders of tofu!

  112. Joe S

    Friendly and helpful instructors, a fun activity to do and learn more about vegan cooking!

  113. Sharon W

    Fully enjoyed, thank you.

  114. Sian H

    Excellent day, Fiona is ace!

  115. Dorothy

    This course has given me some inspiration to expand my cooking repertoire.

  116. Eleanor

    Excellent tuition, lovely atmosphere, gorgeous food to taste for lunch!

  117. Mary K

    The food tasted great and it was a fun way of cooking healthy meals.

  118. Edd P

    Well fed and everything tastes great! Lots of variety and a nice atmosphere.

  119. Irene K

    I would highly recommend this course! Excellent tutor and plentiful equipment.

  120. Mike S

    I really enjoyed the day and learnt something new.

  121. Indra M

    Enjoyable day discovering how versatile vegan cooking can be.

  122. Matthew

    I really enjoyed the content.

  123. Maria Z

    Busy, full, fun, informative day!

  124. Vicki S

    Very informative, great insight into dairy alternatives!

  125. Charlotte M

    Do it, it’s great place to start! We covered so many recipes and varieties, and Fiona was fab and so knowledgeable!

  126. S McHale

    This course was a good time as well as educational.

  127. Nigel

    I have been a (lazy) vegetarian for 35 years and eat too much diary and processed foods. I found this a really relaxed and enjoyable introductory course and it was surprisingly easy to make great tasting dishes, from a non cook perspective. I highly recommend this course and I plan to book further courses.

  128. Steve

    Come on this course to kick-start your vegan journey, there is a great selection of recipes and a friendly, expert tutor.

  129. Lizzy

    A super day! Fiona was an excellent teacher! If you weren’t so far away from London I’d be here all the time!

  130. Rory

    The tutor was very knowledgeable and explained everything well, I can’t wait to try out the tofu scramble.

  131. Jo

    Fantastically ran, learnt loads, very enjoyable.

  132. Helen

    I have gained an understanding of substituting ingredients to accommodate vegans and plenty of good tips.

  133. Emma S

    Fab day and learnt loads of new skills. Fiona was great too!

  134. Lynn D

    This is well structured, great value for money and easy to follow.

  135. Nigel

    A really good and relaxed day.

  136. Anna & Kevin

    I now have an understanding of vegan ingredients, techniques and the processes involved with vegan baking.

  137. Roz

    Varied + full day. The use of tofu in new ways is great.

  138. Catherine

    Excellent teaching, range of recipes and vegan tips. I’ve gained loads from this course. I especially value all the breakfast options. I’m also really grateful to be more confident in using tofu and milk + cream substitutes.

  139. Christine W

    This was great fun and it has given me a great start to my new life choice. I really loved the experience and good knowledge from Fiona!

  140. Karen

    It’s an excellent course- just do it! Cannot fault the tutor or course, it exceed my expectations.

  141. Alan S

    Absolutely met my expectations!

  142. Liz K

    Come along even if you aren’t vegan- there’s lots to learn.

  143. Sue H

    It’s well worth doing!

  144. Joanne

    Great, friendly, very knowledgeable with a wide repertoire of recipes!

  145. Tony

    Try it- good fun.

  146. Holly H

    It’s amazing how much we covered in the day, with it being enjoyable and no pressure!

  147. Hannah

    Very good presentation, thoroughly enjoyed my day.

  148. Kalika

    Do not miss it!

  149. Helen

    Do it!! It’s amazing.

  150. Ciska

    This was exactly what I expected: professional, but friendly and informal.

  151. Martine

    Excellent! So much to learn but very easy to do and understand. Thank you, I’ll be back!

  152. Matt W

    This was a great course, very relaxed and informative.

  153. Carol

    Fiona was brilliant!! Made it fun!!

  154. Janet R

    Loads of ideas, techniques and enthusiasm!

  155. Anne C

    This is lots of fun and very useful and informative.

  156. Abby

    Do it! It’s really fun and you get lots of food afterwards!

  157. Amanda

    Superb all round. If you are currently becoming vegan, or already vegan, then you will find much to inspire in this course.

  158. Len L

    Very enjoyable, interesting and laid-back!

  159. Frankie

    Really fun day!

  160. Allison

    It lived up to my expectations, definitely go for it.

  161. Pin-Tsen

    Worth every penny, recommended.

  162. Lynda I

    I highly recommend anyone who is considering to do this course, I have learnt so much and had a wonderful day.

  163. Teresa

    I received this course as a gift and it was excellent!

  164. Jane

    Very fun but informative day, recipes packed with flavour!

  165. Cindy

    I would thoroughly recommend it.

  166. Alasdair

    Friendly staff, good nosh!

  167. Madeleine

    Very good, added recipes to my repertoire.

  168. E Turnbull

    I have gained a comprehensive understanding of vegan foods and cooking methods! Very enjoyable, non-competitive and friendly with good teachers.

  169. D Ashton

    Don’t hesitate- you don’t need to be, or intend to become, a vegan to benefit from this course.

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