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Offering Cooking Classes This Fall and Winter!

Are you fascinated by the intricacies of culinary art? Love spending time in the kitchen bringing your vision of a perfect meal to life?  Are you obsessed with finding the perfect balance of flavors?  Looking for new techniques of preparation, cooking, or plating?  Or perhaps you just want to thrill your family, friends and guests by taking your holiday dinner up a notch.  We have a great idea!

New Hampshire cooking classes

Why not join us this season in the intimate setting of the Inn at Pleasant Lake kitchen.  Be part of the culinary magic for which the Inn is known, and learn first-hand from Executive Chef, Bryan Leary.  If you’ve dined with us, you are familiar with Chef Leary’s talents.  If you haven’t, no worries, you will as part of this immersive culinary experience.  In working with Chef Bryan through the busy summer season we have learned a few things.  First is that he is incredibly talented, drawing from a seemingly endless well of diverse experiences from around the U.S. and nearby countries.  Second is that he is a lot of fun, always upbeat with a good sense of quick-witted humor.  Third is his passion for community and desire to share his talents with others.  We believe these characteristics will make for an enjoyable and fruitful experience through the Inn at Pleasant Lake Cooking Class series.

cooking class in New Hampshire

This offering has been designed with the holiday’s and gift giving in mind.  The first series, scheduled for Nov 16 – Nov 18 including four hours of hands on kitchen time, is perfectly timed as a preparation opportunity to spice up your skills for the holidays. The second opportunity is a series of six courses beginning in January, a unique gift of a memorable experience and learning that lasts a lifetime. All classes are accessible to our loyal guests in the local area or can be combined with a stay at our New Hampshire bed and breakfast for folks traveling from afar to partake in the experience.  As always our frameworks are flexible and we will customize to the best of our ability to meet your needs.  If you’d like to explore options, please call the Inn at 603-873-4833.


Quotes from Recent Guests


The Inn at Pleasant Lake has a 20-year history of fine dining and culinary excellence.  Our loyal guests have made us the top-rated restaurant in New London with 124 ‘Excellent’ reviews and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence.  Here are just a few testimonials.

“Night to Celebrate”

A charming inn, fantastic food. Chef makes a presentation about the menu choices. Quality of the food is outstanding. Tenderloin was delicious and sword fish fresh with a nice sauce. Squash soup was a real hit with everyone. My guests were impressed with the food and enjoyed their meal.

“Another amazing dining experience!”

The new chef has lived up to the high bar that has been set by the previous owner and chef – well done! The dinner on my most recent visit to NH and my stay at the inn was outstanding. Flavorful, creative, the right size portions.


Chef Bryan Leary’s Background



Chef Leary graduated top of his class from Johnson and Wales University and gain broad experience around the country working with culinary masters.  Examples of Chef Bryan’s professional influences came while working under Chef Douglas Luf at The Red Lion Inn in the Berkshires and Chef Reed Groban at the Scottsdale Fairmont Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He was particularly inspired by his work with Todd Jurich at Todd Jurich’s Bistro in Norfolk, Virginia.  These diverse experiences resulted in a cooking style rich in southwest, traditional American, and Pacific Rim style flavors with a passion to deliver the highest quality cuisine in an intimate setting.  In Concord, Bryan immersed himself in simply made, high-end Korean cuisine at Sunny’s Kitchen.  Here he focused his culinary skill and passion on beautiful, simple, and fresh foods. At The Grill Room in Portland, ME, Chef Bryan established relationships with local vendors and farmers to incorporate how food was grown, harvested, and distributed.  At the Inn at Pleasant Lake, Chef Bryan has been indulging his interests in the local food movement working with local farmers and purveyors to bring his diners authentic freshness and creative flavors true to the seasons. Read more…