Monday, 11 July 2016

Wanderlust - Marvellous Macaron, Eastbourne

Making beautiful Macarons in this cute kitchen in the heart of Eastbourne

Today's post is a change to usual as I wanted to create a wanderlust post with a difference - in my home town! 

Eastbourne is a tourist town as it is - people come here from round the world for its victorian charm, the carpet gardens down the seafront, the gorgeous South Downs Park and that we are in fact the most sunniest town in the UK! 

Of course when you visit, those are things that will be high on the list of things to do, but what if you fancy having a go at learning a new skill or doing something creative? 

That's where The Cookshelf/The Potteryshelf comes in, its right in the centre of town and 
offers a cook school and pottery painting cafe under one roof! 

I visited the Cookshelf last Sunday mid-afternoon after booking myself in for a Marvellous Macaron making class (ideal as I was still feeling pretty rough from going out on the Saturday for a charity run and needed the morning to recover!) I'd seen these delicious treats during my visit to France a couple of months back so couldn't wait to learn how to recreate them myself! 

The classes are kept fairly small (no more than 4-6 people) which is great as it allows you to get more out of the class and participate more.

 Our tutor (Kate) was warm and welcoming and got us all involved with the mixing, measuring and piping needed to make the huge batch of 60 Macarons. Its definitely worth learning how to make these from a pro as I had no idea how difficult they were to make being a total novice baker, but Kate made us feel at ease and was patient with us as we followed her instructions and taught us how to make the perfect macaron - I literally cannot wait to try making them at home :) 

Whilst we waited for them to cook we were also treated to tea and cake which was delicious! 

Here's the final result! :) lovely scrummy chocolate ganache filled macarons! 

At the end of the class Kate also sent us the recipe, piping templates and other flavours of macarons to try out at home so you really get your moneys worth out of the class - an ace tutor, a really nice afternoon baking and met some lovely fellow bakers. Oh - and of course I went home with a lovely big bag of blue and pink macarons! 

All you need to bring is yourself, all the ingredients are provided. 

I'd totally recommend visiting the Cookshelf and booking a class. There's so many types of classes to choose - Thai Tapas Supper Club, Pasta Making and An Introduction To Spices to name just few.

You can also book a party at The Cookshelf - not just for kids but adults too! 

I'll be back for the pasta class for sure and most definitely the pottery making! 

The next class for Marvellous Macaron is on Sept 18 - book now online to make sure you get your place as they are limited :) 

Whats on at The Cookshelf this month? 

See the full calender here

Visit the Cookshelf website to find out more! 



  1. This has made my day Sarah... such a lovely blog and so glad you enjoyed the class xx

  2. no problem Kate! :) so pleased it made your day - you made mine on Sunday! Glad i came along, lots of my mates are now interested in booking classes now too! perhaps we could go as a group soon! :) x x


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