Smoking Courses

The Wild Boar is working with smoking experts Smoky Jo’s to provide one day courses, where guests will learn how to hot and cold smoke their own food.

Those taking part in the courses will get the chance to smoke a range of different foods such as chicken, salmon, sausages and cheeses. As well as using the Inns own purpose built smokehouse the Smoky Jo’s team will show how tremendous results can be achieved at home – on a stove, converted bbq, wardrobe or filing cabinet!

Course Dates & Prices

The courses will be at a set cost of £119.00 plus accommodation starting from £156 per person for 2 nights and run on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 10th September 2014
  • Saturday 1st November 2014
  • Saturday 22nd November 2014 (Christmas Theme)
  • Saturday 14th March 2015

Smoky Jo and Smoky Georgina!

Smoking food is an art, not a science, and no one knows that better than Georgina Perkins and Jo Hampson. A few years ago they were running The Old Smokehouse, a small artisan smokehouse renowned for its high quality, hand smoked food; supplying such gourmet outlets as Fortnum and Mason, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols as well as the best food emporiums across the Lake District. They even had the honour of smoking turkey for the Prince of Wales!

After selling the business in 2004 they missed the ready supply of smoked morsels. One day Jo was clearing out old paperwork in her filing cabinet; some of the papers were confidential and required shredding but with no shredder she thought she would just put a match to the whole lot!

In a moment of madness the thought came to her – "What if I light a fire in the bottom drawer and put a salmon in the top drawer…?"

The success of Freddie the Filing Cabinet Food Smoker was such that Jo and Georgina found many food connoisseurs keen to learn the art of smoking… and Smoky Jo’s was born in 2007.

On the one day food smoking courses guests learn how to hot and cold smoke their own food at home. Working with over a dozen different foods and a number of different smokers – anything from a saucepan on the stove top to Freddie the filing cabinet in the garden – provides plenty of samples to enjoy at the end of the day!

Unique to the Lake District

As the only restaurant in the Lake District with its own smokehouse The Wild Boar offers food lovers the opportunity to learn some new techniques that they can practice in their own home without the need for any professional equipment.

How to find us

Contact us

The Wild Boar, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NF  
email: thewildboar@englishlakes.co.uk