About us

Opened in November 2014, the Cookery School, Wine & Kitchen Shop and Events venue at Baythorne Hall is one of East Anglia's most exciting destinations for lovers of great food and wine.

The family run business is the result of over three years planning and development by brothers George and Matt Unwin, whose family have lived at the hall and farmed the surrounding land for four generations. As the traditional farm buildings have become redundant due to the modernisation of farming practices, a new lease of life has been sought for them. The new Shop, Cookery School and Event Venue have done just that to the old granary barn, which after 50 years out of action is once again a hive of activity.

With over 180 wines available from around the world (many of which are open to taste), and an extensive range of high quality kitchenware, the shop is well worth a visit. If this isn't possible then fear not, our full range is now available to purchase online.

The state-of-the-art Cookery School has been designed in collaboration with KSL of Sudbury, Suffolk. The kitchens have been intentionally designed to create a friendly, informal atmosphere. The workstations, which incorporate top end NEFF ovens and induction hobs, are situated around two large island units to encourage interaction between those attending our courses. 

The high specification of the kitchen is matched by the calibre of chefs running the courses. The line-up of chefs come from a vast array of culinary backgrounds, ensuring that there is great variety on offer within the school. With courses aimed at cooks of all levels of ability, there really is something for everyone on offer.

Shop opening hours:

Monday to Friday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Meet the team:

George Unwin - Developing his own business back on the farm he grew up on has always been a dream of George's, and with almost a decade working in the wine trade under his belt, and his voracious appetite and love of good food, it is hardly surprising that he combined the two to create the new business at Baythorne Hall. Although too much of his time for his liking is spent at a desk, he doesn't need much persuasion to head in to the shop or kitchen to help out wherever is needed.

Dessert Island Food and Wine: plain dressed crab with a good Alsace Grand Cru Riesling (just off-dry).

 

Craig Fountain - Craig is our retail manager and is in charge of all the day to day running of the shop. You may also find him in the cookery school helping out, pairing wines with food or snapping away with the camera. After trying wine in New Zealand, he was hooked on the grape juice. He came to us via a couple of other wine companies, where he built up an extensive knowledge of wines from around the world. He also has a love of good food and cooking, so joining us was an easy decision.

Dessert Island Food & Wine: Fish & Chips with Champagne Salon 1996

Karen Walker - With a daily commute of just 300yds, joining the team at Baythorne Hall was an easy decision for Karen. It was an easy decision for us too, as her friendly persona, willingness to learn and help out wherever is needed and general good humour make her a valued member of the team. Karen will be assisting the course tutors within the Cookery School and serving in the shop on busy days.

Dessert Island Food & Wine: Anything with Prosecco 

The team - from left to right, Karen, Craig and George