About us – our background and history

Cothú Cookery School has been born out of and is nestled in the centre of East Clare Community Co-operative where the spirit of community and sustainability runs through all our activities, from the surrounding organic community garden that supplies our vegetarian Garden Café to the weekly food market and Enterprise kitchen, where small scale local food artisans produce and sell their food.The new cookery school was the logical next step, to foster community food celebration and learning through practical classes and get togethers.

Launched in August 2017, we offer a range of courses, workshops, classes and pop up bistros to encourage relaxed dining in a natural setting-the antidote to industrially produced fast food. We wish to promote learning about nutrition through the school and run food based events to cater for all budgets.The Cookery School extends to a pop up bistro dining space and sheltered pizza oven surrounded by the beautiful Scariff Community Garden. The whole space  is available for private rental for classes and parties.

Where: Main St, Scariff, Co Clare

Open: Phone to arrange a visit to kitchens. Garden Café Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, all year.

Phone: +353 (0)61 921536



Our Ethos

Cothú means sustenance and for us that means nourishing food produced sustainably. We aim to bring people together around food, to learn, to share and to enjoy meals in a community setting. We seek out quality producers, support Fair Trade, use heritage varieties, organic and local where possible, produced without cruelty and with minimal waste, to bring intelligent, health enhancing food to the table.

Cothú has been born out of a 30 year old community co-operative which is run on a not for profit basis. We aim to bring high quality courses to people on a sliding scale cost basis so low income is not a barrier to participation.