Nicole’s Table – Cookery School

Nicole’s Table, Antigua

I first heard of Nicole’s Table while watching ITV’s recent series with Jamaican chef, Ainsley Harriott. Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen dedicated 2 episodes to Antigua on his culinary tour. It was here that he visited Nicole in a hilltop location and made a rum butter cake at her cookery school. I was very keen to go along on my next visit to Antigua.

Booking the course online was a smooth process via the website for Nicole’s Table. I was responded to promptly and a deposit was taken by bank card.

There are several cookery courses to choose from. Each one starts at 11am and finishes around 3pm …

  • Cooking with rum
  • All about jerk
  • Curry
  • From the sea

My Experience

I chose the fish cookery class – ‘From the Sea’.

Nicole greeted me and led me onto the verandah where I enjoyed a fresh passionfruit juice and admired the stunning views…

Views from the verandah at Nicole's Table

Other guests arrived, including some friends. It was a pleasure to be somewhere with such warm and welcoming people. Everyone chatted together and got to know each other. While we chopped, mixed and stirred, making a variety of wonderful dishes, home made, old fashioned rum punch was served and enjoyed by all.

During the hands on cookery class we made crisp green plantain chips which were fried in oil and lightly salted.

Plaintain chips
Plaintain chips

The chips were particularly good when topped with this flavourful pineapple salsa…

Pineapple slaw made at Nicole's Table
Pineapple salsa

We learnt how to make wanton cups from ripened plantain …

In the process of making the wanton cups
Wanton cups made from ripe plantain

and later filled them with spicy prawns…

Spicy prawns in wanton cups
Wanton cups filled with avocado and spicy prawns

Rum Tasting

Rums we tasted

While the salmon was cooking, Adam, Nicole’s husband, carried out a short rum tasting class. This was educational and lots of fun. We tasted a selection of French, Spanish and English rums. Some were smooth and easy on the palate, others you could feel the burn as you swallowed. It was an interesting experience. One of the rums, their local English Harbour Port Cask Finish Rum, was paired with dark chocolate which complemented it beautifully.

Rum tasting at Nicole's Table
Rum tasting

We returned to the kitchen to finish off the blackened salmon and …

Blackened salmon we made at Nicole's Table
Blackened salmon

made a spicy slaw…

Spicy slaw made at Nicole's Table
Spicy slaw

Once all the dishes had been cooked the food was served and we dined together, enjoying all the flavourful food we had created during the day. The meal ended with a very alcoholic rum tiramisu!

Enjoying the food we made at Nicole's Table

We were given a recipe booklet on leaving the course which included all the dishes we had made at Nicole’s Table. All the food made was outstanding and I liked that it is easy to make at home too.

The Studio

Studio apartment for rent

Beyond the verandah of Nicole and Adam’s home, steps lead down to a studio which they rent out as bed and breakfast accommodation. This peaceful location with far reaching views is an ideal place to stay as a single person or a couple. You may wish to stay for one or two nights, especially if you are keen to sign up to a couple of the highly recommended cookery courses or, maybe longer…

Full details of the studio…

Suggested Further Reading:

Things to do in Antigua – recommended solo activities

Hotels in Antigua – full reviews of Hotels I have stayed in as a solo traveller

Restaurants in Antigua – restaurants I have enjoyed dining solo at

FAQ about Antigua

Solo Travel Tips