Lesley Waters Cookery School

What Lesley loves about Eat Dorset

Lesley has been involved with Eat Dorset for many years and has watched as it has grown to become a major food event in the South West. She loves how it showcases all of the fabulous local producers that we are so lucky to have in this region. Her aim is to use and include as many producers as possible in her hands on and demonstration sessions throughout the day. The atmosphere and the setting are all so perfect for celebrating all things food and drink and make a great family day out.

Cook with Lesley at Eat Dorset 2013

This year the pop up cookery school is changing its format and setting up to offer a fab choice of cooking sessions throughout the day. You can book in to go ‘hands on’ with Lesley and cook your own lunch, but new this year are sessions for families and children to cook together. In between Lesley will be running free demonstrations showcasing local producers and is delighted to be supported by Fussel’s Rapeseed Oil and Gulp Wines.

You can book your place at one of the hands on sessions at www.lesleywaters.com but don’t delay…spaces are limited. So here is what we have to offer on both Saturday and Sunday…



£15 (for 1 adult and 1 child)
  Open to children of 10 years and over and each child MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Get your children cooking with Lesley, assisted by their grown up helpers the children will whip up a delicious brunch using local produce. They will learn some great skills and be inspired to have a go in the kitchen. Visit www.lesleywaters.com to book your place.


£20 per person (max 20 places)
  Join Lesley at her inspirational hands on session and cook your own delicious lunch. She will take you through step by step to produce a fabulous dish that you will be able to enjoy with a wine tasting provided by Gulp wines. You will be using local, seasonal ingredients and picking up tips and skills to use in your own kitchen. Session is suitable for experienced chefs and beginners as Lesley will take you through step by step. Visit www.lesleywaters.com to book your place.


£15 per family (max 4 people)
  We love afternoon tea here at the cook school…a fantastic British institution. Book your family in to enjoy a relaxed and entertaining session where everyone gets to have a go at traditional afternoon treats. Then you can stay and enjoy your afternoon treats with a lovely hot cuppa. What a lovely end to a brilliant day at Eat Dorset… Visit www.lesleywaters.com to book your place

About the Lesley Waters Cookery School

The school nestles in the heart of the West Dorset countryside, but it is more than a simple farmhouse with a beautiful view it is home to Lesley’s family and to her cookery school. Abbot’s Hill is about fresh, simple ingredients and creating great food. It’s not just about the cooking though. It’s the whole day; meeting people and enjoying the atmosphere where you can relax learn and laugh. Come and see us at Abbot’s Hill Farm and let Lesley’s infectious enthusiasm for all things food inspire you. Visit www.lelseywaters.com for details or call 0844 800 4633.

Abbots Hill as an Event Venue

Location, Location Location…that’s what it is all about. The beautifully renovated cook school and farm are set in an elevated position with breath-taking views and flexible facilities. It is available as an original and stylish event venue. You can hire it as a venue for your own function or as a destination for catered celebrations and events. Please call us on 0844 800 4633 for further details or to arrange a visit.

About Lesley Waters

Well known for her regular television appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Great Food Live and This Morning, Lesley is also a former Head Tutor of Leith's School of Food & Wine, author of several Cookery Books, a qualified Fitness Instructor and a mother of two!

Teaching has always been her great passion and opening her own cookery school in the depths of beautiful West Dorset is the realisation of a long held dream. Her energetic style of presentation is expertly combined with clear and simple guidance, making her classes great fun and informative.



Gulp Wines

Gulp are joining forces at this year’s Eat Dorset with Lesley Waters Cookery School to provide the ultimate cookery and wine experience. James our Master of Wine will be talking about the wines alongside Lesley who will do the cooking sessions, a lively double act! Gulp will also have a stand nearby where you can taste, enjoy and buy the wines. There will also be a competition (you don’t need to be a wine expert!) where you can win a case of delicious Gulp wines.

Gulp Wines Ltd – we’ve done the hard work for you. Take the strain out of wine buying and buy online at Gulp Wines (www.gulpwines.com). A quality, jargon free and affordable everyday wine list chosen by our Master of Wine, James Handford (starting at £6).  You can have confidence that your choices are the best value and most delicious you can get. Our list is deliberately small so you don’t get paralysed by too much choice.