Basic ingredients: Former cook to royalty Penny Lewis runs a selection of residential and one-day cookery courses from her cottage near Wales’s foodie capital Abergavenny. As well as a Basics 5-day course there are Dinner Parties Made Stressless, Student Survival and specialist Aga courses – the latter is called “An Aga Can”. There are also courses for more advanced cooks and small classes to ensure everyone is fully involved.
They say: The Culinary Cottage enjoys beautiful mountain views and is ideally located for walking off all the food students have prepared and consumed during the day.
We say: This is a good place to get stuck in to a few days of cooking and make use of the comfy on-site accommodation. The two-day Gentlemen Please course should add a few strings to most men’s culinary bow.
01873 890125; www.theculinarycottage.co.uk