Please Note: The Cookery School has relocated to Waterman House, 33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2NG.

Sharing a passion for great food

Waterman House Cookery School is the new location of Niall McKenna’s The Cookery School at James Street South. Niall also operates two restaurants with his expert team at James St. and Hadskis, both located in Belfast City Centre.

Niall McKenna

Guest Chefs

The team are joined by guest chefs from time to time, who showcase the best of their cooking and specialities. To find our more about these one off events please sign up to our email subscription list below.


We ask everyone coming to Cookery School to advise us if they have had a high temperature, developed Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a person with Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days. If this is the case we are happy to offer a new class/course at a later date. Safety in protecting everyone against Covid-19 is of primary importance. Anyone coming into the kitchens will have to be 100% compliant with our procedures. If they are not, we will ask them to leave the premises immediately as we cannot compromise the health of others at any time.

On arrival

Temperatures of our staff, are taken on arrival and carefully recorded. We are used to doing this so it is quick and easy.

On entry to the kitchens everyone is required to use an alcohol rub on their hands.

Contact details, previously provided, held on file.

All stations and worktops are cleaned and sanitised prior to your arrival.

Before starting to cook everyone is asked to wash their hands.

During Class

Everyone has to use a face mask when moving around the kitchen, our stations are based on bubbles of people who come together otherwise everyone is a minimum of 1m apart.

We now have a ‘ventilate, ventilate, ventilate’ mantra and keep air in the kitchens moving.

Everyone is reminded to wash their hands regularly with soap and water to limit the spread of Covid-19 and any bacteria.

Surfaces are wiped down regularly, using appropriate cleaning products, by our staff who are trained in our new cleaning regime.

Eating periods at the end of each class are socially distanced.

In classes where food is taken home, we ask students to bring in their own containers and refrigeration bags with freezer blocks to transport food safely to avoid contamination. Cookery School is not responsible for what happens to food once it leaves our premises as it is in perfect condition before then. In the case of breads, cakes and pastries, we supply cake boxes in which to carry these items home.

The above protocols will be reviewed frequently and as the level of infection in the country reduces and more information is available on the spread of covid, we will alter these protocols accordingly.