School House, Homerton Gardens, Cambridge, CB2 8EB
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 is so much more. Next-door to the school is the hugely popular Cambridge Cookery Café. With an absolute commitment to sustainability, high welfare, local and organic produce, it has been awarded the title of Cambridge’s first zero food waste business.
Founded by Tine Roche, who trained at the world-renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine, it is no surprise that the accolades for both the School and the Café are numerous as well as glowing. Citing great expertise and knowledge along with a stunning setting (think state-of-the-art kitchen complete with Neff ovens and beautiful cookware), they are equally complimentary about the outstanding quality of the Café. With an array of delights on offer, including stunning seasonal salads, and Swedish specialities of smoked salmon and potato bake, open rye sandwiches and their legendary cinnamon buns, the Café has established itself as a beacon for locals.
Housed inside a former stonemasons’ brick building, a stylish Scandinavian-influenced make-over and classy minimalist design makes it spacious and airy. There is lots more seating outside too with a large terrace overlooking a pretty lawn, making for a tranquil and green surround, simply perfect for brunch time on Thursdays through to Sundays.
With so much available space, it is not just residents and visitors who enjoy Cambridge Cookery. Corporate customers are welcomed for private hire dining as well as team-building cookery classes, and summers there are busy with school holiday classes and cooking for Uni courses approved by the Duke of Edinburgh Award. A warm welcome is even extended to all four-legged visitors who come for the free handmade dog biscuits!