Breaking bread with Blid & Hatton food studio in Cobham

PUBLISHED: 16:38 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 19 June 2017

Helga Blid and Maddie Hatton (Photo: Kathy Pyle Photography)

Helga Blid and Maddie Hatton (Photo: Kathy Pyle Photography)


Introducing the Blid & Hatton food studio, an intriguing new food and drink offering at The Medicine Garden in Cobham.

There's magic in the air in CobhamThere's magic in the air in Cobham

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2016


With everything from gin-makers to pop-up restaurants and botanical cocktail bars, Surrey’s foodie offering gets more adventurous by the month, but a ‘food studio’ is probably still a new one to most.

However, that is exactly how Blid & Hatton, the brainchild of Surrey-born chef Maddie Hatton and Swedish native Helga Blid-Martinsson, is being billed on its opening at Cobham’s hub of creativity, The Medicine Garden.

“The idea is to create a unique space, where people can enjoy and celebrate their love of food,” says Helga. “It draws on the desire to revive the European tradition of cooking and ‘breaking bread’ as part of everyday life.”

To achieve that goal, the food studio will host cookery workshops (two Wednesdays a month), a pop-up supper club (every third Saturday of the month) and private dining events (as per requests).

“Maddie grew up in France, where food and wine is central to everyday life, and cooking, foraging, hunting and preserving is what I grew up with in Sweden,” continues Helga. “Our menus combine influences from Scandinavia, southern Europe and the Middle East.”

Having met about seven years ago, when their eldest were at nursery together, their friendship grew out of a love for good food. Now, an old Victorian seed-shed will offer them the opportunity to celebrate that passion with the rest of Surrey.

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