Our Story

Michael & Philippa Vine have converted an old grain store on their farm into The Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen in East Sussex.

The Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen is located at Bates Green Farm (home of the famous Arlington Bluebell Walk for the last forty years).

Michael, has been farming at his family’s 5th generation farm whilst Philippa, the cook, trained at Eastbourne College of Domestic Economy.  She appeared on Masterchef in 2001 and was the cookery writer for Farmers’ Weekly for 12 years, championing locally produced and seasonal ingredients.

Our passion is food

We are passionate about seasonal and local food.

They have been selling their own farm reared meat at local farmers markets for over 15 years.  Michael produces chicken ‘the old fashioned way’ – the best quality additive free, slow growing chicken plus grass fed, dry hung Sussex beef, Southdown lamb and free range pigs.

We are very fortunate to have teamed up with a British company ESSE who make cast iron stoves.  After falling in love with their woodfired ESSE range cooker which was installed into the farmshop, were so impressed with how it cooks and produces great dishes every time they want to spread the benefits to other people.

When you come and cook with us we will be using ingredients from the farm or local where possible. We welcome you to our farmhouse kitchen where you will learn how to cook stylish seasonal cooking – farm to fork.  It will be fun, relaxed and welcoming and aimed at everyone who enjoys good food or would like to expand or learn how to use a cast iron range cooker.

Great range of cookery classes for beginners to experts, practical and demos.
How to bake cakes, tarts, biscuits as well as professional cake decorating.
Kitchen Crafts
Meat preparation, living food, foraging and food presentation.
Flower arranging, centerpieces, how to forage, and more.

Our Upcoming Events

Cooking from Scratch: Pasta, Rice & Grains &...
Pasta, rice & grains! For centuries, different cultures have combined these staples with local ingredients & flavours to create delicious dishes. Learn how to cook pasta from scratch and lots ...
Winter Lunch & Walk in the Wood – Thurs...
We will cook and prepare a delicious seasonal lunch, buffet style for you at 12.30pm. After lunch enjoy a leisurely stroll around our private and ancient woodland. Bring your own ...
Dinner Party Dishes – Saturday 16th March
Come and learn some stylish but easy dishes for you to cook for your friends and family. All the ingredients, menus and aprons are provided and you will get to ...
Bread for Beginners – Thursday 7th March
Learn how to make the classic breads. Once the techniques are mastered there are endless opportunities for you to develop your own variations. It will be a fun and hands ...