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What our customers say....

"Just wanted to say that I bought a voucher for my husband about 14 months ago. Well finally today he attended and he hasn't stopped telling me about it since he's been home. He very much enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere the small grouping and your knowledge of the ingredients used. He spent 25 mins telling me about balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. So thank you so very much I will be calling to buy another full day course voucher very soon.  Well done and what a wonderful experience Martin has had.  Felt like sending your child to school the first day all apprehensive then they come home raving and can't wait to go back again."  PM, Italian, Feb 2023 

"N. and I really enjoyed the course last week-really appreciated your knowledge and enthusiasm let alone energy!  Looking forward to the next one."  DP, Vegetarian Cookery, Feb 2023

I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely afternoon. We enjoyed listening to you share your knowledge of pizza, science and maths, as well as eating the amazing pizza."  DW, Pizzas, Aug 2022

"We would like to thank you for the pasta making lesson you gave us last summer.  We bought a pasta maker after the lesson and have never looked back to dried pasta. I never liked pasta before the lesson, now our pasta meals are so delicious & special.  Cannot wait to come back to do another course with you."  DL, Pasta Making, August 2022

"Thank you so much for yesterday. We all had such a great time and the meal was delicious. We went away buzzing and full of enthusiasm!"  AK, Essential Fish, March 2022

"Thank you for a truly fabulous day.  I absolutely loved it and will definitely be using all the recipes.  My husband loved the takeaway.  That tarka dhal is soooo good.  Loved making the breads and the lamb neck fillet was delicious.  So interesting making the garam masala.  Thanks for creating such a relaxed encouraging and friendly atmosphere and at the same time packing so much into the schedule.  Without wanting to sound dramatic I can't remember the last time I switched off and lived "in the moment" it was such a privilege and I learnt so much.  I will definitely recommend your school and hope to come back again.

Warmest regards and thanks again."  VM, Indian Cookery, March 2022

"I just wanted to say thank you for the course yesterday and particularly for thinking about my dietary requirements.

I took absolutely loads from the day: even tips on poaching eggs were useful.  I can't wait to try out a few things - I've got steaks planned for next weekend and the (GF) pastry was amazing.  Probably the standout for me was the Hollandaise sauce. It'd have never occurred to me to even try to make it, but the eggs Benedict was just spectacular."  MN, Taste & Techniques, March 2022

"My team had a great time at Ian's private Vegan Cooking class.  The class was one of the highlights of our retreat!"

SC, Team Event, December 2021

"Thank you so much. I had such a good time yesterday and learned a lot in a short space of time.  So today I made the eggs benedict for lunch and we had a haloumi and warm potato salad with a vegetable stock based sauce (simply stunning!). C couldn't believe what I was putting together for her, she says thank you as well.  Lamb is on the menu for next weekend!  I can't wait to come back, probably for a pasta making course next."  JH, Taste & Techniques, Jul 21


 "I had a fabulous day thank you. I made pizzas for the last England match and I will be making pasta at the weekend.  Really looking forward to bread making in October!"  JG, Italian, Jul 21

"Hi Ian - just to say thank you for the great day on Saturday - not sure how chefs stay standing at all times!

I took onboard so much and really found it useful - so much so, that spent all day yesterday attacking Yotam Ottolenghi!  Thanks again and good luck with the move"  CW, Taste & Techniques, Oct 20

"Thank you so much for an inspirational and very happy and relaxed day on the Taste and Technique day on Saturday . Very much enjoyed - looking forward to updating my kitchen skills"  SH, Taste & Techniques, Oct 20

"I just wanted to say thank you for the really interesting bread course last weekend. I feel much braver about baking now and have started my own starter!  I very much hope to join another course one day"  AD, Breadmaking, Sep 20

"Thank you for a most enjoyable day on the bakery course. It answered a lot of questions and it certainly inspired confidence to bake. I thought the whole day was very well planned which in turn enabled us to turn out a huge variety of goodies in one day. The Chelsea buns are gone, shared with friends, yummy, and the naan bread accompanied my lunch. Even better today.  Keep up the good work, I think you have a pretty perfect set up and would have no hesitation in recommending you. I wish you continued success."  SP, Breadmaking, Sep 20


"Just wanted to thank you for a brilliant afternoon and evening on Saturday.  We all had great fun and really enjoyed learning to cook (and eat) some new dishes that we hadn't tried at home before - particularly the eating!

I'm sure we'll be back (again)."  AD, Private Group, Dec 19

​"The course was a lovely day and I learned a lot.  I cooked the fish you kindly gave me for Sunday lunch and it was a massive hit! The kitchen is a bit smokey though!"  SB, Fish Cookery, Mar 19

"Just wanted to say thank you for Friday. Myself and my dad thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and​ learnt a lot. Thank you."  SC, Fish Cookery, Feb 19

"Thank you so much for a very enjoyable and educational day. I really enjoyed it.  I will certainly use many of your recipes and will hopefully produce some delicious meals."  FB, Game & Seasonal Inspiration, Jan 19

"We really enjoyed Saturday, it was the highlight of the weekend!  Thanks again for a great day!"   EC, Hen Party, May 18 


"I had an amazing day and learnt how to produce some fantastic breads!  I shall be making my starter dough today ready for some serious bread making next week, I feel truly inspired!"   ST, Bread, April 18


 "..thanks for a great time on the Italian cookery day course . It was great!"   LC, Italian, Feb 18


"Thank you very much for a lovely relaxing stay prior to the Italian Cookery course on Friday.  We found the course very informative and the whole day so interesting.  We had a brilliant time and learnt so much."  PC, Italian, May 17


"We booked Streamcombe Cookery school for part of a friend's hen do and have just come back from our weekend away. I can not recommend it enough. Firstly, who doesn't want to learn some new cooking skills at huge wooden work tops in a big old barn in the beautiful countryside but secondly and most importantly, credit to Ian for imparting his knowledge and skills to us - welcoming, friendly, funny and super patient with our inability to fold pasta parcels....sorry tortellini! :) Thanks again Ian for having us, we all loved the class. Delicious."  SN, Hen party, Feb 17

"We felt we must tell you how much we enjoyed our day with you on the wonderful cookery course you hosted today.  You made us feel so relaxed, and your knowledge of all things Italian was so informative, an absolutely brilliant day. Thank you"  SW, Italian, Mar 17


"I would like to say thank you for the informative game & Seasonal cookery course I attended on Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am trying out some of the recipes out this weekend. The big chunk of venison is looking good......."  SH, Game & Seasonal, Sep 16


"Just wanted to say thank you for a great day on Saturday – found it really interesting and helpful, and looking forward to trying things out. Hope to join you again for one of your other courses."   JB, Fish Cookery, May 16


"Home, exhausted and very happy..... I enjoyed the day so much, loved the food and really feel confident I can make a fist of much of what I saw today. Thanks a lot- you are one of those rare animals that can not only do but also teach and seem to enjoy doing so.  I'll be back in the new Year."  PF, Game & Seasonal, Sep 15


"I really enjoyed the course on Monday, it was a small group of lovely people in a relaxed atmosphere and consequently I seem to have retained most of what we went through and feel inspired!  Also thank you for your hospitality overnight and for the lovely breakfast. Looking forward to returning sometime soon."   KT, Italian Cookery, March 15


"Thank you Ian!  I've been meaning to drop you a line too to say how much we all thoroughly enjoyed our time with you.  I really hope we do make it back, I don't think it would take much to persuade the rest of the group. Watch this space...!"   VC, Bespoke Group, Feb 15


"Thanks again for a fantastic course yesterday. Really enjoyed the day."   MW, Game & Seasonal, Nov 14


"I just wanted to thank you and Karen again for a very comfortable stay at the weekend, and say how much I enjoyed the course. I shall be making a start on my sourdough starter today! I shall be back at some time to learn how to cook fish!"  RS, Bread 2, Oct 14


"Many thanks for a fabulous day, I learnt a lot, it went so quickly. Great group of people, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I cannot wait for the next course!"   KP, Game & Seasonal, Oct 14


"Thank you for such an enjoyable and informative course day yesterday, I have certainly come away with some new and exciting ideas for game cookery and just in time for the pheasant shooting season. It was a very good day, am looking forward to practicing what I have learnt with some tasty dishes! Hope to see you again on another course in the future."   RT, Game & Seasonal, Sep 14


"Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday – learnt a lot of useful tips and techniques which will be used over the next few months of the season along with the recipes. Experimentation will take place!"   AW, Game & Seasonal, Sep 14


"Many thanks for a great Course. Your advice and tips were just spot on. And, the course content was just what I was looking for. Please pass on my thanks to your wife for the excellent lunch. Much to my surprise the products that I produced were eagerly devoured. So, Well done Ian, an excellent course"   CB, Breadmaking, Sep 14


"Just a belated note to say how much I enjoyed the cookery course and my family enjoyed the baked goodies!! I made the hot cross buns from the recipe on the website - they were delicious"   AS, Breadmaking, Apr 14


"I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful course yesterday.  I learned so much and really enjoyed the day. I know C. and L. got a lot out of it too and we’ll definitely be back for the Italian day later in the year.  I may have to invest in a pasta roller – my tortellini were lovely for lunch today – and as for the frangipane tarts……mmmm. Wish me luck with my crackling on Sunday!"   SB, Taste & Techniques, Apr 14


"We just wanted to email to say thank you so much for a lovely weekend. The bread making course was fantastic- really interesting and has inspired us to have a proper go at making bread at home. Ian is really knowledgeable and have great advice throughout.  Karen, you made us feel very welcome and Streamcombe farm is a really lovely place to relax and unwind for a few days. We will be recommending you to our friends and family.  Thank you again, the food was great throughout and we'll definitely be back for another stay, hopefully in the summer months!"  LW, Breadmaking, Mar 14


"...thank you again for such a great and informative day yesterday. My husband was very pleased when I walked I through the door with my goodie bags! I learnt so many great techniques and gained a really good understanding of how baking works! I came away buzzing and can't wait to try lots of new ideas out especially the pastry! What a revolution"   SG, Baking & Desserts, Jan 14


"I would like to convey my thanks for the fantastic bread making course on Saturday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and we all wanted to say a huge Thank you to you both. You and Karen made us feel so welcome and the course was pitched so well. We will highly recommend you and hope to come on another course someday in the future."   HD, Bespoke course, Jan 14


"A belated but heartfelt note of thanks for an excellent day of learning and fun on the Fish course. You set the perfect tone and it is a great environment for learning that you have created, thank you. I hope to get back for another day course soon."

BB, Fish Cookery, Nov 13


"thank you very much for a great day and a lovely course... It has truly inspired me, and I came back from it with a new perspective about food & cooking.  I now have enough confidence to experiment more with food, and try the different sauces, pastry & dressings I learnt, and so far I had very complimentary audiences.  I'm keeping my eye on the course calendar, and I look forward to my next course in the spring.."  AI, Taste & Techniques, Nov 13


"...thank you for what I felt was a fantastic day’s cookery on Saturday. I really enjoyed it, from your warm welcome, to the setting and the barn and of course the content of the day. I honestly learnt such a great deal"   AE, Taste & Techniques, Nov 13


"I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely time on Saturday. The course was excellent, the surroundings beautiful and your food great. It was just what we both needed and I really hope to visit you again soon."   NP, Breadmaking, Apr 13

"Thank you for a lovely day today, loved the course and am looking forward to the bread course in April. You and your wife have a wonderful place there."   LR, Fish Cookery, Mar 13


"Thank you so much for a very happy, busy day. I learnt so much, we all had a lot of fun, with a delicious lunch, and the bag of bread I took away was spectacular. I have just been munching some sourdough for breakfast, and I am about to make my first culture.  Looking forward to the next course..."   JR, Breadmaking, Nov 12


"I just wanted to thank you for the excellent course on Monday. It was really enjoyable, and inspiring, even for someone of my rather modest abilities!   The voucher was a birthday gift from my sisters and I couldn't have had a better present."

PH, Taste & Techniques, Oct 12


"Thank you both so very much for an absolutely wonderful day. The course completely exceeded my expectations which were pretty high to start with. Everything about the day was just perfect from the weather to the location, the fabulous teaching, all the scrumcious bread we made, the lovely lunch in the conservatory, the hens, your attention to detail and the company of yourselves, J, A and D. I do hope I get to come back at some point"   JB, Breadmaking, Mar 12


"Thank you so much for such a great weekend at your beautiful farm. We all had such a lovely time, and even though it’s only Tuesday, there’s been a battle for who can make the best pasta (T and A even stopped off at a shop on the drive home to buy a pasta machine!)"  DP, Bespoke group course, Feb 12

"Just wanted to thank you for the fabulous weekend. We had a great time and learned a tonne!"   JS, Bespoke group, Jan 12

"We just wanted to thank you so much for an excellent stay with you last weekend. We all enjoyed ourselves so much and have been telling everyone who will listen how fantastic your place is. You will be pleased to hear that we have been practising our knife skills.......thanks again for a very memorable experience."   MP, Bespoke group, Oct 11


"I really enjoyed the fish course and felt I learnt a lot of techniques. Thanks again for the knowledge you passed on and your effort and enthusiasm."   DH, Fish Cookery, Sep 11


"We really had an amazing day. Thanks so much for making it such a good experience!"   JH, Bespoke Course, May 11


"....thank you for yesterday. It was great, a really fun and informative day - my wife couldn't believe how much stuff I brought back."

SD, Breadmaking, Apr 11


"We had a great time, really enjoyed it."  GH, Bespoke Course, Mar 11


“We all really enjoyed the course and our stay. I'll recommend it to all my friends!"   CF, Breadmaking, Mar 11


“......thank you both for giving us such a wonderful time when we visited in February.  Our son loved his cookery day with you Ian - he is now an expert at making brownies and heavily into fish. He came away brimming with ideas and confident enough to organise a scaled down version of your taste test on his teacher and the other children in his class, which went down very well."   LP, Family Cookery, Feb 11

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