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Plant based academy

Our Vegan cookery school

Level up your cooking at our Vegan cookery school. We’ve created a dream kitchen at The Plant Based Academy by OFFBEET, where you’ll find the very best equipment in a welcoming and stylish setting.

OFFBEET’s talented team of chefs have carefully created an exciting range of plant based cookery courses in which they share their trade secrets and many recipes used in their restaurant.

Located in the beautiful Edwardian building known as The Retreat and nestled perfectly between the New Forest and Dorset coast. A truly unique experience for both novices and accomplished cooks alike; you will learn to create mind blowing food and then enjoy eating it!


Courses for every ability in our state of the art kitchen studio and nestled within the heart of the New Forest.

Online courses

For those on a busy schedule or enjoy learning at your own pace within the comfort of your home kitchen. 

Why choose the academy?

OFFBEET is now nearly a decade old. From the humble beginnings as a small rustic cafe, today looks a lot different. Our flagship restaurant at The Retreat continues to offer one of the most innovative and immersive fine dining experiences around. During our journey we have built a mountain of knowledge which we now want to share with you.

Chef developed

Our recipes are developed by our professional chefs. Our vegan cookery school caters for all skill levels and aimed to get the best from you.

Practical focussed

We try to keep the boring bits to a minimum. After all you came to us to cook. All our courses have a keen focus on practical learning.

state of the art

Immerse yourself and cook in our beautiful brand new kitchen studio. Sponsored by some of the best brands in the game, we have all the kit!

Escape the world

Our plant based academy is extremely easy to find and access. We offer free parking at The Retreat if driving and the Hinton Admiral railway station is only 1.7 miles away. Once you have arrived, lose yourself in the wonderful surroundings of the New Forest National Park and Dorset coast right on our doorstep.

More reasons to choose us


Dine with us








After your time at the Academy, indulge in our flagship restaurant with a modern approach to fine dining.

Stay with us








Stay with us by choosing one of the luxurious rooms at The Retreat including garden facing rooms with roll top baths.

Relax with us








The Retreat offer a full range of wellness courses for all abilities. Find your inner peace in one of their workshops.

Contact Us

We are here if you need any further advice on our courses or looking to enquire about bespoke courses for corporate or personal events.

Visit Us

The Retreat New Forest

Lyndhurst Road

Hinton, Dorset, BH23 7EF

Contact us

(01202) 800641

Office Hours

W-F: 11am - 7pm

Sat: Closed

Sun: Closed