Mrs. Bilton’s Cookery Course & Talks

Do you like cooking as much as eating? Why not try one of my cookery classes?

Like the suppers and luncheons they are intimate affairs held at my home in Sussex with just 4-6 attendees. I provide detailed cookery demonstrations based around a particular era or perhaps traditional event like Christmas, Whilst I will show you how to recreate the tastes from our past you also need to be prepared to get your own hands dirty! After the demo we’ll usually sit down to lunch or afternoon tea. As well as going home with a full belly you’ll leave with a collection of historical recipes to try at home in your own kitchen.

If you can’t make one of the courses you may be able to catch me cooking at a food festival or giving talks on food history (which often include some delicious historical morsels to taste too!). You can find details on where I will be speaking below.

If you are interested in booking me for a private cookery workshop or to speak at one of your own events please contact me here.


Catch your Gingerbread in Ormskirk

I’ll be doing a talk and gingerbread cookery demonstration at The Chapel – Ormskirk Arts House as part of the Heritage Open Days initiative.

Ormskirk has a long tradition of making and selling gingerbread that continues to the present day. In the eighteenth century the customers were weary travellers on uncomfortable stage coaches between Liverpool and Preston. A hundred years later, our local gingerbread ladies found that railway passengers were equally appreciative of their wares. And today, Ormskirk Gingerbread is still sold in our local shops and market.

This event is free, but pre-booking is essential.


Ginger & Spice Festival

The award winning Ginger and Spice Festival champions the local food and drink scene in Market Drayton and explores the culinary heritage and history of the town celebrated as the Home of Gingerbread.

I’ll be giving a virtual presentation via Zoom followed by a Q&A session during the festival on the Secret History of Gingerbread. Further details on how to book can be found by clicking the link below.

10 OCTOBER 2021

Much Ado About Gingerbread

I’ll be popping up at the fabulous Much Ado Books in Alfriston to chat about gingerbread and its literary connections from 2 – 4pm. Naturally, there will be some delicious gingerbread for you to sample too.

Details to follow soon!

16 OCTOBER 2021

The Bookshop – East Grinstead

I love supporting independent booksellers so I’ll be signing copies of First Catch Your Gingerbread at the wonderful Bookshop in East Grinstead. I’ll also have some gingerbread on hand for you to sample should you wish to ‘try before you buy’!

Details to follow soon!

21 NOVEMBER 2021

Stir Up Sunday @ Garden Museum

Join me at the Garden Museum to find out how to make traditional Christmas Puddings. In this 3 hour class you will stir up your own individual historically informed Christmas pud based on a Victorian recipe from my Great Aunt Eliza. I will also share with you some pudding accompaniments and some interesting things to do with pudding leftovers such as creating some delicious truffles.

Sam BiltonMrs. Bilton’s Cookery Courses