A full and intensive day of private AGA tuition for up to two people.
You love your AGA and have been enjoying it for many years but would relish the opportunity to add some new cookery methods to your well established repertoire.
We all learn something new in the kitchen everyday and there is nothing more rewarding than cooking and sharing a delicious meal and making new friends. Let us know the methods that you would like to improve upon and then join us in a relaxed and inspiring environment to hone your skills.
How the day works: You arrive in the morning, or you may prefer to book one of our farmhouse rooms and stay overnight. Either way the kettle is always on and fresh coffee will be ready to serve.
Whilst we will have chatted through your course prior to your visit, either on the phone or through an exchange of emails, we will talk at the farmhouse table for ten minutes or so just make sure that the schedule for the day covers all of your expectations. If there is a method that you would like to add, please tell us. We keep a well-stocked store cupboard and larder especially for the AGA cookery days. So we are more than happy to make slight adjustments to the program.
Next it is time to get our aprons on and start cooking. Most of the preparation will already be taken care of. We also have a lovely helper to make sure all of the washing up magically disappears.
We spend the whole day cooking together in the farmhouse kitchen. It really is yours for the day and Lisa will be beside you the whole time, gently guiding and making suggestions. We will cover cookery techniques as well as the classic AGA methods. Our philosophy is to teach skills rather than recipes, so we will also show you how dishes can be adjusted to take account of the seasons and your store cupboard. We will also share our tips and secrets that we have learnt over the last twenty years in a commercial catering kitchen and working in private clients homes.
At the end of the course you will take home a file full of useful recipes, tips and information and we will send electronic copies of your recipes too. If there are any questions that arise after your time with us, Lisa promises that you can contact her at any time for help and advice over the phone or email.
Depending on the program we will either stop for lunch or have lots of tasting plates (think Tapas) during the day. The format will depend on the skills that you would like to explore. We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing for quite awhile. There will also be a multiple of dishes that are being created at the same time – we promised you an intensive course and we like to meet you expectations.
The tuition will draw to a close by 5pm and then you can choose to take some of the dishes home with you (please remember to bring some containers) or we will all enjoy an early supper together before you depart.
Recent testimonials –
Caroline and Roger from Buckinghamshire – February 2018
‘Very many thanks for welcoming us to All Hallows. The stay alone made it worth the trip, but the AGA course absolutely exceeded expectations. You won’t be surprised to learn that the first pie lasted precisely five minutes once we got home – the smell was torture during the journey! The second is in the freezer along with a host of other goodies. Roger is especially pleased to have learnt some new pastry techniques and is happily planning what to make for the country-house opera season, which sees us entertaining most weekends.’
James and Lucy from London – January 2018
‘It was a fantastic weekend and we learnt loads.’
Robert from Dorset – November 2017
‘I enjoyed today and you certainly imparted a lot of information.’
Joanna and Bruce from Bath – October 2017
‘What a terrific day! We learnt such a lot and feel much more confident about the AGA we are about to acquire.‘
Kim and Sheena from Andover and Great Missenden – March 2017
‘Thank you for such a wonderful weekend, we have learnt an enormous amount. What a beautiful place to learn to cook! Thank you.’