Cambridge independents know how to excel, and Cambridge Cookery does just that. Winners of UK’s Best Cookery School 2013 and shortlisted for the Food and Travel Reader Awards Best Cookery School 2014, the School itself offers some 250 classes every year as well as high-octane, team-building events and private parties.
But there’s so much more! Back in 2015, a café, bakery, wine bar and bistro were opened next-door to the school – ensuring that even more people could enjoy top-quality food and drink in a beautiful setting. Staffed by top chefs and with an absolute commitment to sustainability, high welfare, local and organic produce, the Cambridge Cookery Café and Bistro has quickly become a beacon for locals and was recently awarded the title of Cambridge’s first zero food waste business. The former stonemasons’ brick building has been given a stylish Scandinavian-influenced make-over and overlooks a large lawn with a terrace. This green and tranquil space is packed to the brim during brunch time on Tuesdays through to Sundays; for wine, free tastings, Spritzes and Italian inspired sharing platters on Friday evenings, and for hugely popular Saturday night Bistro evenings, either showcasing the extraordinary skills of the house team, which includes head chef Bea Brown, Italian chef Maria Stefania Losanno and French Patissière and chef Marion Germain or, hosting a range of local and international pop ups which tend to sell out as fast as you can say “count me in”.
Along with summer yoga and brunch on the lawn, live jazz and piano music on Friday nights, Cambridge Cookery also extends a warm welcome to all four-legged visitors (who come for the free handmade dog biscuits) – this independent certainly makes all their guests feel very special! Their reach and involvement in the local community goes even further, with a commitment to cooking dinner for Jimmy’s homeless shelter once a week. Summers at the Cookery School are packed too with school holiday classes and cooking for Uni courses approved by the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
All this is no surprise as founder Tine Roche trained at the world-renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine and has with her the aforementioned team of international chefs in the kitchen, who between them, produce food and baked goods of the highest order. The reviews speak volumes about this expertise and knowledge along with the stunning setting of the School’s state-of-the-art kitchen complete with Neff ovens and beautiful cookware. They are as complimentary about the outstanding quality of the artisan bread, food, wine and service in the equally beautiful setting of the Café.
School House, Homerton Gardens
Tel: 01223 247620
Fri evening wine & cocktail bar 6.30-10.30pm
Sat evening set-menu supper 6.30-11pm
Culinary classes and events daily, morning and evening