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Basics - Five Day Course

For those who would like a good grounding in all the basic culinary techniques, along with menu planning and food presentation, this five-day course will set you off on the right foot.
Students will learn about soups and sauces, pastry and bread making, cakes and baking, as well as roasting, grilling and casseroling meat, fish and vegetables and preparing varied and delicious puddings.
The focus for each day will be to produce a light informal lunch with freshly baked bread, followed by a more formal three or four course dinner. All of which will leave friends and family in awe of your newly acquired skills.
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Course Testimonials

Rachel Mc Carthy, is one of our many students that attained a whole day beginner course two weeks ago. She quotes 'I really enjoyed my experience at the Culinary Cottage. What I have learnt was invaluable and has inspired me to start cooking more often. I really liked the meringue recipe as I am a sweet lover. Penny is a fantastic teacher and made cooking fun. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were inspiring.

Catton Hall


Catton Hall - 14 November 13

A Tasting Time - Morrocan and Thai.  A fantastic cookery course run by Penny at the Culinary Cottage and I have come away with lots recipes that I will be trying again at home.  My favorite dishes included Spiced Tuna Steaks, Saffron & Cardamon Creme Caramel and Asian Chicken Soup.  Penny's cookery courses offer excellent value for money,  always enjoyable and suitable for all levels of cooking experience.  I look forward to returning again and again.........

Thank you Penny for another wonderful day at the Culinary Cottage.

Claire George - 16 March 14

I spent two and a half wonderful days at the Culinary Cottage. Penny welcomes you in to her beautiful home just outside picturesque Abergavenny. From the moment you arrive you feel that nothing is too much trouble and you are treated as a friend rather than a stranger.

The course itself is very hands on and intensive. Every dish is made from scratch and you cook lots of dishes from Penny's vast repertoire. Although intensive you find the time flies by and you learn so much. Everything you prepare is from a recipe sheet and these are in a binder that you take home with you. Penny has infinite patience and has the rare gift of making everyone feel at ease and also an excellent teacher.

If anyone had told me I could bone and stuff a poussin before going to Abergavenny I would have laughed them out of my kitchen! But bone and stuff it I did and even if I say so myself it looked pretty good.

All in all a great experience for anyone with an interest in cooking. There are plenty of other cooking schools out there but very few that offer the personal, caring tuition of Penny Lewis at her lovely cottage.

Gavin Steer, Saundersfoot - Pembrokeshire.

Gavin Steer - 10 January 14

I have never learnt to cook, as my husband is the cook in our family. Then, aged 70 I thought I should.. I knew of Penny Lewis through my daughter. She had cooked wonderful things for her at the New market sales. She has a wonderful reputation around Europe.

Penny started a Cookery School at her home, and I asked to go on her Beginners Course I was the only one on the course, as she could find nobody who knew as little as me!

We started at 9.0am and cooked through until 1pm. We ate a little of the many dishes we had made. I Slept until 4pm, Worked on until 8pm and the ate a little and thus bed.  Three wonderful days! Penny is a charismatic teacher, kind, patient, and I learnt so much and many delicious recipes.

My husband and I later did another Course with friends, and hugely enjoyed it, and all learnt many more marvelous recipes. Now, whenever I have a problem, I telephone Penny from around the world for advice, always kindly, and graciously given .


Lavinia Corbally Stourton

Lavinia Corbally Stourton - 03 December 13

My friends Louise and Julia and I have been to two of Penny's cookery days (so far): Entertaining Made Easy and, just last weekend, Temptingly Thai. We were fortunate enough to have Penny all to ourselves on both occasions, and what a great time we had. Penny is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and imparts that knowledge and enthusiasm with a smile and great patience! The Thai dishes we prepared were so flavoursome and fresh, and we left not only full of delicious food but also full of ideas and good intentions to buy lots of gorgeous Thai ingredients and have a go ourselves - though how we will fare without Penny's expert guidance remains to be seen ...

Kay Millward - 13 May 14
Up and Coming Course Dates
19 March 2018
21 May 2018
The Culinary Cottage
Rose Cottage, Pandy
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 8DL

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