Rosemary Shrager at Swinton Park : General Press Details

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Rosemary Shrager at Swinton Park : General Press Details
Date: 07 January 2004

Rosemary Shrager, the ebullient and vivacious celebrity chef, opened her award winning cookery school at Swinton Park, the luxury castle 30 bedroom hotel in North Yorkshire, in May 2003. The castle, the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family, was bought back by the family in 2000 and opened as a hotel in 2001 following an extensive refurbishment.

Rosemary Shrager moved from Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, the estate owned by the Bulmer family, where she ran her cookery school for four years to wide acclaim. Voted one of the top ten cookery schools in The Observer (14th October 2001) and House and Garden (May 2002), her school has featured in two Channel Five TV series : Rosemary Castle Cook and Rosemary on the Road, along with her recipe book Rosemary Castle Cook. Since opening at Swinton Park, the school has been awarded the BBC Good Food Magazine's Cookery School of the Month in the November 2003 issue of the magazine.

Rosemary has previously worked for Pierre Koffmann at Tante Claire and also with Jean Christoffe Novelli. She is “the wizard of the new cookery school” [Tatler], and her ”passion for the subject and desire to impart her knowledge, which she does with warmth and verve, cannot fail to fire those fortunate enough to be her pupils” [Claire Macdonald].

“The move to Swinton Park has been a big step for the cookery school, but it has been the right one to take. It is a great opportunity that I couldn’t afford to miss, both in terms of the facilities and the abundance of good quality local produce available, but also because my guests are able to enjoy all the luxuries of a first class hotel”, commented Rosemary.

The cookery school is housed in the converted Georgian stables at Swinton Park which overlook the castle and parkland. The hotel also boasts a 4 acre walled garden, which has been restored by Felicity’s mother in law, Susan Cunliffe-Lister, and provides a plentiful source of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for the school. Susan has an established reputation for garden restoration (Country Life Gardener of the Year 2001), and her garden at Burton Agnes Hall in East Yorkshire was voted one of the UK’s top ten gardens by Gardener’s World viewers in 2002.


1. The 2004 programme of courses offers one, two and four day courses, for groups up to 14. The choice of styles of course include Fish, French & Italian, Dinner Parties, Modern , Bread, Sauces etc.

The all inclusive residential charge per person is £560 for a two day course, and £1100 for a four day course, based on two people sharing. There is a single person supplement of £100 and £200 for the two and four day courses.

The day course costs £95 per person. Bedrooms are usually available at the hotel for guests who would like to stay, B&B rates start at £100 per room per night.

2. Guests on Rosemary's courses are welcome to bring their partners to stay at the hotel, who can enjoy their own programme of activities including golf, fishing, riding, shooting, walking and falconry on the family's 20,000 acre estate. Partners are not charged for their accommodation at the hotel, only for food and drink.

3 Guests who want to entertain will enjoy the Rosemary Shrager
Dinner Party where the she demonstrates and cooks with a group, who then host their own private dinner party, where they can invite their own guests. Entertaining without the washing up!!