We are delighted to announce a new exciting venture with Howden Park Centre.

Join us in the bistro at Howden Park for a delicious 3 course lunch planned, prepared and served by our S4 and S5 school students as part of their SQA Hospitality Training Programme. Whether its just a quiet lunch, a family get together or a team lunch with your work colleagues there is something on offer for everyone.

Please visit our page below for more information and to view our next Pop Up menu:



The Business of Food: A workshop with Mike Curtin of DC Central Kitchen

The Larder Cook School is delighted to host this social enterprise masterclass with Mike Curtin from DC Kitchen.

Tuesday 11th September 

09:30am – 3:30pm

Tickets for the event are available to purchase here:


Mike leads the internationally renowned DC Central Kitchen in Washington DC, frequently regarded as one of the best social enterprises in the world. The business does great work with disadvantaged people, it has an extremely impressive revenue model and as a food business their operations are tried and tested over decades. Mike is a keynote speaker at Social Enterprise World Forum and is visiting The Larder to share his experiences with Scottish social enterprises in the food industry.

The Larder is a growing and inspirational social enterprise using food to change lives. They have recently experienced a 71% growth in turnover, increased their surplus, generated 67% of their income from trading and anticipate further growth of 50% in the coming year. They operate a training academy for the hospitality sector, cook school and several café outlets.

Come along and learn from these two very exciting social enterprises who are changing lives in two different continents and in challenging global policy contexts.


10.00am Arrival and Introductions

10.15am The DCCK story – from hunger strike to catering for The White House

11.15am Q & A moderated by Angela Moohan

12.15pm Lunch by the Larder (including introduction to the business and mission)

1.15pm Discussion on themes and topics of interest using the expertise in the room (and Mike). This will be led by whatever priorities people wish to raise – focus on generating sales, recruiting talent, marketing and promotion, systems and operations, social impact measurement, supporting employees – whatever the group decides.

3.15pm Wrap-up

3.30pm Finish



Thank you to everyone who came along and joined us for our AGM/Awards Ceremony and has continued to support us throughout the years. It was a fantastic day throughout and I think everyone will agree our students were amazing - a massive Congratulations to you all on your achievements!! 

Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook Page for some photos of the day which we should have shortly.

The planning has already started for next year to make it even bigger and better 




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The Food For All Project offers access to high quality food and dining experiences to individuals and families on low incomes or impacted by welfare reforms and are experiencing food insecurity. Meals will be cooked by trainees and volunteers, assisted by our Chef's and visiting Chef's from local restaurants. Each week we are offering 20 dining experiences in our bespoke cook school bistro. Food will be sourced from the local supermarkets via the Fare Share Cloud. The project will also have an environmental impact by recovering perishable food destined to go to landfill and would otherwise go to waste. 

At each dining event there will be various other organisations on hand to provide advice and support on income maximisation, welfare rights, job search opportunities and signpost to other organisations. Larder staff will be on hand to offer advice on planning meals and cooking on a budget. 

We are looking for referrals from various voluntary and local government organisations who work with or have contact with our target group. We will take referrals for individuals and families. Participation in the project will provide many benefits including reduction in social isolation, free cooking places for kids, volunteering opportunities and of course access to good healthy food. 

For more information or to request a referral form please email debbie@thelarder.org




Friday 29th September @ 11am - 1pm

Come along to The Larder for some fantastic coffees, teas and delicious home baking to support this amazing cause.
Bring all your friends & family to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious. A great way to raise money for Cancer Research and ALL proceeds will be donated to MacMillan.
We are very proud to be part of The World's Biggest Coffee Morning and hold our very own MacMillan Coffee Morning to raise funds for this fantastic charity.
Hope to see you there 😁


Kids in The Kitchen Summer Camps 2017 are a Massive Hit with Kids and Parents Alike

This Summer's Kids in the Kitchen Cookery Classes are a total sellout! Our Kids classes are in huge demand and have been a massive success once again this year. Children have thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty making a whole host of dishes from Pizza and Pasta from scratch to Soup and Cakes. We cannot keep up with demand for for these classes. This is great news for all involved and 100% of profit generated will go straight back into helping the most disadvantaged young people of West Lothian into work.

Working in Partnership with Almond Housing Association

We are delighted to be collaborating with Almond Housing Association to provide cookery classes for their Tenants. It is set to be the first of many cookery classes we provide and we are excited about the opportunities our partnership offers everyone involved. This first class has a healthy eating focus and will inform Tenants on methods of making meals stretch further including guidance on correct cooling, storage, freezing and reheating.

We thank Almond Housing for choosing The Larder.

100% of profit made will go back into our Social Enterprise to help the most disadvantaged young people of West Lothian into work

100% Success Rate @ The Larder

It is the end of a brilliant academic year @ The Larder. 100% of our students working towards SQA Qualifications successfully gained them. 100% of our students are moving onto a Positive Destination, College, Returning to School or to College.

Pictured are some of them at our Celebration of Learning Award Ceremony and Lunch Event. They were very proud to receive their certificates of achievement marking their qualifications and personal success.

We have a break over the Summer then we will begin all over again with some faces retutning for another year and some new studetns joining us for their turn to Change Their Young Lives Through Food.

Monthly Pop-up-Cafe Lunch Events Sell Out

We cannot keep up with demand for our delicious home cooked three course lunch menu served on the first Tuesday of each month.

This is a training Cafe, all the food is planned, prepared and served by our young hospitality students aged from 14 to 16 years. 

The food is of exceptional quality, freshness and value. 

We have built a tremendous reputation and have even had a customer from Vienna who joined us for lunch at our June Pop-up-Cafe.

Our Monthly Friday Night is Bistro Night is a Big Hit

Our new monthly Bistro Evening events are going down a storm. An informal Bistro setting ensures a relaxing and friendly night out to dine on our delicious freshly cooked menus and made from scratch with the freshest ingredients in front of your very eyes in our unique open kitchen.

The food quality has been a big hit with our customers and we cant keep up with the demand!

Happy Customer Feedback

I sent my hubby and 2 boys (aged 5 & 8) along for the Father's Day Cookery Class and they loved it! They made Pasta and Pizza from scratch (the youngest now wants a pasta machine!) and enjoyed scoffing it! The Staff were brilliant and so good with the children (and Dads!) would thoroughly recommend. I am now looking for a calss I can attend!      



Just wanted to say that we came along with friends to the Bistro night on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The food and service were superb! Would you be good enough to add me to your mailing list to alert me to future events please? Many thanks          


Delighted to welcome our local politicians

 Fiona Hyslop MSP and Hannah Bardell MP visiting The Larder on Friday 11th November.

Fiona Hyslop MSP and Hannah Bardell MP visiting The Larder on Friday 11th November.

We were delighted to welcome Fiona Hyslop MSP Cabinet Secretary for Culture and tourism and Hannah Bardell MP to The Larder Cook School on Friday 11th November 2016.

Thanks to our students who made wonderful home baking and a chicken and haggis dish with potatoes and roast vegetables.  The food was delicious and the students did so well.

during the visit we were able to share our successes with our local politicians who were very impressed with the culinary expertise of our students and the fantastic facility that we have here @ The Larder cook School.

Thanks to both for taking the time out of their busy schedules to visit us and take an interest in the work that we do.

Introducing our new Partner

 Cake Design

Cake Design

We are delighted to announce that Jennifer from Stella Pumpkin Cake Design will be working in partnership with us for the next year.  

Jennifer will be delivering all of our baking classes for kids and adults as well as an adult and child baking class.  All of our classes will continue to be delivered to the highest standard and with Jennifer's expert cake making and decorating skills they will get event better.

The first of our classes with Jennifer will be delivered on the 23rd and 24th of December but book early as they will be popular as ever.

we welcome Jennifer to The Larder team and look forward to working with her over the coming year, most importantly we look forward to you, our customer, having even more great cooking experiences.

The Larder Team


Mary's Meals Charity Fundraiser - Sunday 13th March

The Larder is supporting the fundraising efforts of the children of Howden St Andrew's Primary School who are trying to raise as much money as they can to help feed and education the poorest children in Malawi.

Food is such a luxury for most people in the West that we take it for granted and we at The Larder have started work to raise awareness of food poverty in West Lothian and Scotland.

Bringing together our food skills and Howden St Andrew's children's commitment to raise money for this very good cause we will provide an afternoon of fun and food for the whole family.

What's going on:

Some children from the school will work with our chef in the morning to prepare the food, including a traditional Malawian dish.  They will prepare pasta and meatballs and will deliver a talk on the Mary's Meals project.

Children that attend will be able to watch a films, play some word search games and watch the Larder cook off where two children from the school will challenge each other to cook a dish to be judged by the audience, a bit like Ready Steady Cook.

There will be a raffle and a guess the weight of the cake draw.

We look forward to seeing you on the day for a fun filled foodie afternoon to raise money for a very good cause.


Want to help get more people in West Lothian cooking?


2016 is going to be a busy year for the Larder Cook School and we need to build up a bank of fully trained/qualified chefs with a wide range of experience in cooking. If recruited to our bank we will work with you to best use your skills and experience to get more people in West Lothian cooking good quality nutritious food at home.

Interested? Please contact Melissa at melissa@thelarder.org for further information and a recruitment pack.

We look forward to hearing from you.

- The Larder Cook School Team


2016 will see the introduction of a new range of baking classes, the return of the Great larder Bake Off for kids and by popular demand our school holiday courses.  The Larder is the only cook school in Scotland to offering an extensive variety of classes and course for kids from the age of 5 upwards. 

Click here to take you to our kids cookery page where you can book online.  Early booking for kids classes is always advisable as they are usually full.