Course summary

William Hanson and Jo Bryant lead a delicious lunchtime in-person dining etiquette course in modern fine dining and table manners. Learn in style in the beautiful private dining room of The Wolseley

Refine your dining skills and learn the history of polite eating while enjoying the finest food. 

Your tutors will guide you through all the rules and nuances of dining etiquette so you can confidently eat with friends, family and colleagues.


Course information


19th October 2024

12.30 - 3.30pm


The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly
St James’s

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All taxes including VAT included

  • Tuition
  • Formal three-course lunch
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Printed certificate

Three reasons to register

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Enjoy delicious food and drink

Enjoy eating highly-acclaimed food from The Wolseley’s seasonal menu during this training. All dietary requirements can be catered for with sufficient notice – please tell us yours when registering.

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Two expert tutors

This in-person dining etiquette course is a rare opportunity to learn from two leading British etiquette experts, William Hanson and Jo Bryant.  Between them, they have over thirty years of teaching experience and have written twenty best-selling books on etiquette.

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The course includes a printed A4 certificate of attendance. Upon registration, participants can choose to have a digital certificate as well, which is issued shortly after the course ends.

What you'll learn

During our fine dining etiquette course, you will be taught different styles of dining etiquette (formal and informal), the uses and techniques of different cutlery, how to cope with tricky foods, understand the place setting and much more, all while enjoying delicious food in the private dining room of one of London’s best restaurants.

  • How to navigate the Western place setting
  • The correct usage for forks, knives, spoons and glassware
  • Posture and poise for the dining table
  • The pace and rhythm of dining: when to start, pause and finish
  • How to cope with spills, tricky foods and inedible cuisine
  • Conversation for the dining table
  • Hosting skills for dining out with friends and colleagues
  • Which common mistakes and slip-ups to avoid

Course tutors

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William Hanson

William joined The English Manner in 2008 before taking ownership in 2019.  He is widely regarded as the freshest and most trusted authority on etiquette and civility, with his relative youth and old-fashioned values making him an arbiter of modern manners.

Based in London, William’s work sees him teach in the UK and all over the world, including in Europe, America, China, south-east Asia and GCC countries. He is a trusted advisor and trainer to many official households, embassies, businesses and academic institutes.

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Jo Bryant

Described by The Telegraph as ‘the empress of etiquette’, Jo joined The English Manner in 2019 from Debrett’s, where she spent over a decade as a tutor and the editor of more than fifteen acclaimed books on etiquette and modern manners.

Jo has worked with leading restaurant and hospitality groups, luxury retail brands, top concierge agencies and exclusive education specialists, along with private clients from all over the world.

The masterclass is perfect if you want to improve your dinning manners. A very friendly atmosphere with delicious food. You will be given lots of practical advice, with some laughter along the way.

— Lucie, October 2023

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