Red Feather Inn Cooking Class | Hadspen
Late last year I was lucky enough to attend a Baking Bread and Sweet Treats cooking class at the Red Feather Inn. Lume Magazine had sent me along to write an article about the experience, which you can find in issue five
I’d never visited the Inn before but had certainly heard about it, and seen lots of photographs. The current owner, Lydia Nettlefold, has done an amazing job restoring the property, which dates back to 1842. It’s one of Tasmania’s most beautiful tourism ventures. Steeped in history it oozes luxury, character, and charm. The manicured gardens and potager are incredible, and Lydia’s eye for detail inside is inspiring.
When I arrived I was welcomed to class with freshly made coffee and homemade, chocolate chip biscuits. It was a great start. I eagerly put on my complimentary apron, ready to get my hands dirty.
There were five pupils in our class which made the lesson really intimate. We had two lovely, and knowledgeable, instructors who took a relaxed approach to baking and ensured everybody had a fantastic day learning new skills.
Our list of recipes included:
- Rough puff (a simplified version of puff pastry) from which we made french apple tarts and exploding boreks with cheese and za’atar;
- Salt crusted grissini;
- Choux pastry; and
- Creme patissiere
At lunch time all the pupils got to feast on a bountiful mezze platter. Each component of the platter had been either sourced locally, handmade, or grown in the Red Feather Inn’s gardens. On the side was the focaccia we had made made that morning, fresh out of the oven. It felt so decadent smothering it in fresh hummus, olives, dips, cheeses and meats. There was even a cheeky glass of Tasmanian sparkling and plenty of chatter with the other pupils.
After lunch it was straight back to the kitchen to finish off our pastries and create some beautiful treats to take home.
I can highly recommend this experience. Everything at the Red Feather Inn is so beautiful - including the lovely people who work there. I had a fantastic day meeting new people and learning new skills. Their list of class offerings are varied so if you’re not keen on baking check out their website for more choices.
The Red Feather Inn is in Hadspen, approximately 15 minutes drive from Launceston, in Northern Tasmania. As well as offering cooking classes you can visit for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu changes weekly depending on what is in season. It also offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, and can be hired for special events.
You can visit their website here