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Hello, I’m Linda Duffin and Mrs Portly is my alter ego. It’s an alias that started as a jokey pun on my married name but has become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m a food writer and recipe developer and I love to grow, cook and share good food. Nothing beats the sight of happy faces devouring what you’ve cooked, so join me at my Suffolk cookery school and I’ll pass on what I’ve learned in many years of cooking for an extended family and friends.


Mrs Portly’s Kitchen is more than just a cookery school. Here in Suffolk we’re lucky to have some amazing producers and creatives who join me in teaching classes to pass on their own expertise, tips and techniques. Class sizes are small, so there is plenty of one-to-one tuition. I have a five-star hygiene rating and a Level 2 certificate in food hygiene, so you’ll be in safe and clean hands.


The courses take place in our lovely Tudor house, complete with beams, twisty chimneys and 16th century witch-repelling devices. You’ll have access to our two and a half acres of grounds with kitchen garden and orchard, where for some classes we will pick fruit and veg to create our recipes. There’s also the opportunity to stay overnight to enjoy the house and gardens and the lovely Suffolk countryside at more leisure.

Read some of the media coverage here and here.


Welcome to Mrs Portly’s Kitchen.

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