Ireland’s most uniquely situated cookery school; Howth Castle Cookery School is based in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens in the Castle, hence the name. Howth Castle Cookery School was opened by sisters-in-law Christine and Edwina St Lawrence in 2008 to share their passion and knowledge about food and carry on the traditions of exceptional cooking and grand dining practiced in the Castle for centuries. Sadly Christine died in 2011 but her legacy of no-nonsense classic home cooking derived from her French parentage and her upbringing in Rome lives on in the ethos of the school.
The kitchen dates from about 1750, when it replaced an earlier Elizabethan structure. It was renovated in 1911 by Sir Edwin Lutyens who was employed to modernise and extend the house. A large and beautifully proportioned room, the kitchen has, as its main central feature, a thirty foot high cupola. This is not only magnificent, but it serves a purpose – it is the kitchen’s ventilation system! A truly unique space, Howth Castle Cookery School inspires and excites all those who attend its cookery courses and demonstrations, offering the perfect marriage of state of the art cooking and AV technologies, with old world atmosphere and charm.