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The Smart School of Cookery

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Address: Phillows Barns Hammonds Road, Danbury CM3 4BG, England
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+44 1245 227527

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3 hour cheesemaking course

The course was an excellent balance of observing and doing and was very informative. I learnt a lot. In addition to making a number of cheeses, we also made several breads, butter... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sudbury, United Kingdom
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The course was an excellent balance of observing and doing and was very informative. I learnt a lot. In addition to making a number of cheeses, we also made several breads, butter and chutney. I hadn't realised the process was so simple (simple but precise and easy to get wrong if not concentrating). I was a little nervous about being... More 

Thank howarddavid3
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Myself and my partner were looking to a fun hobby to do together, we attended the Great British Classics and learnt loads - whilst eating lots of delicious food. We are looking forward to attending our 6 week chef skills course which Ann has kindly worked around our busy schedules to accommodate. Would highly recommend for all skill levels for... More 

Thank laurenhumphris
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

This was the first time (and won't be the last!) that me and my daughter have been to one of Anns' classes and we enjoyed every delicious minute of it. The atmosphere was relaxed and Ann is so pleasant and knowledgeable. We were all asked if we'd like to participate throughout the class so it was a very hands on... More 

Thank Lorraine J
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Another excellent class by Ann Hood really enjoyed by my wife and I .ann is like a walking encyclopedia !

Thank Ray D
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Attended the cheese making after being given as a gift for mother's day. We started out by observing the making of the first cheese and then made other cheeses with guidance and class participation. We proceeded to make various artisan bread using the whey discarded from the cheese process, both of which were delicious. We were shown how the make... More 

Thank gill6562017
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely appalled at attitude of this Cookery School - Being told you can't participate in two hour Indian Tapas course on arrival because of a visual impairment, even though it was mentioned in application form and even though took own support - can watch though!!! Discriminatory and vastly out of touch ... save your money and choose somewhere with a... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Had a most enjoyable afternoon with my husband learning to make cheese. Found Ann to be very knowledgeable, helpful, professional. Teaching skills were excellent of which we both learnt a lot.

Thank Kay G
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

I have been to many courses here and they are always informative and fun.Ann has lots of useful info.to pass on.It is possible to buy some equipment and ingredients too ,which she has invented.

Thank snellbydate
1 review
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Had a brilliant experience at the Artisan Bread making course. We managed to make nearly 10 different types of bread, both savoury and sweet, which all tasted delicious. We even learnt how to make butter and some dipping sauces to accompany the breads. Ann made it all seem so easy and there was a really nice relaxed atmosphere, which made... More 

Thank Gemma T
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Just spent an excellent 2 hours with Ann on a patisserie course. Really enjoyable. Ann is so knowledgeable and approachable and passed on lots of tips. Got everyone involved. Will definitely be back to learn more.

Thank Julie B

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