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What our customers say....
"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, Bespoke Course, February 2017

"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 Inspiration, September 2016

"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 2016

"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 Inspiration, September 2015

"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 2015

"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 pursued the rest of the group to arrange another weekend.  Watch this space...!"
VC, Bespoke Group Course, Feb 2015

"Thanks again for a fantastic course yesterday. Really enjoyed the day."
MW, Game & Seasonal Inspiration, November 2014 

"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, October 2014

"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 Inspiration, October 2014

"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 Inspiration, September 2014

"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 Inspiration, September 2014

"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, September 2014

"Just a very quick message to say thank you for such a lovely day yesterday!!!
I SO enjoyed myself- learned so much, & came home full of inspiration!! It was lovely to meet you- please thank your wife for delicious lunch too!
Curry for tea tonight with home -made naan breads!!Mmmmm!"
- ST, Breadmaking, September 2014

"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, April 2014

"I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful course in Tastes and Techniques 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 frangipan tarts……mmmm. Wish me luck with my crackling on Sunday!"
- SB, Taste & Techniques, April 2014

"Thanks for a fab course on Saturday. Me and S. were both really inspired and can't wait to try out the recipes when we have a moment spare!"
- SV, Italian Food, March 2014

"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, March 2014

"...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, January 2014

"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, January 2014

"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 November 2013

"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, November 2013

"...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, November 2013

"Thank you very much for your hospitality last weekend, C. and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay over the weekend and the cookery course, we find it so relaxing and informative to spend a weekend at Streamcombe.  So much so that we would like to know if you have 2 vacancies for your fish course in February 2014"
- SW & CB, Game & Seasonal Inspiration, October 2013

"Thank you again for a brilliant day yesterday. I can definitely recommend a second bite at the course - it's amazing how much more you learn on the re-run!
I'm sure we'll be along again for another session in future."
- RL, Breadmaking, September 2013 

"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, April 2013

"I really enjoyed your well structured Course on Monday.   I learnt so much new from it  that it has revived my interest and I am now keen to start putting it into practise."
- JK, Taste & Techniques, April 2013

"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, March 2013

"Just wanted to thank you for the great day spent cooking and the stay over in The Hay Loft. David and I both very much enjoyed the short time with you in your lovely home and garden while the day cooking was informative and fun. We are sure we will be back again."
- S&DW, Seasonal Inspiration, March 2013

"Thank you for such a lovely informative day, I enjoyed it very much."
- CTH, Taste & Techniques, February 2013
 
"We just wanted to thank you for a really enjoyable day yesterday and thought you offered a great day of baking in lovely surroundings. We loved the different things you showed us how to make and will enjoy making them again at home. 
We would love to join you again on your bread or pasta course sometime."
- RH, Christmas Treats, December 2012

"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, November 2012
 
"I had a fabulous day. Very informative and full of interesting facts. The butternut, goats cheese and spring onion tortellini were delicious."
- CL, Taste & Techniques, October 2012

"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, October 2012

"A brief note to thank you, and Karen too, for a most enjoyable and
informative day on Monday.   Follow up has been positive!  “H” has stated that we will visit Dan the Fish Man tomorrow so the responsibility for at least one meal this weekend has been delegated to me!"
- PA, Fish Cookery, October 2012

"It was a great session last Saturday, much enjoyed. All my take home loaves enjoyed and now a memory. I will try to get to grips with the Rayburn, probably go for a fruit loaf first."
- JD, Breadmaking, April 2012

"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, March 2012


"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, February 2012 

"Just wanted to thank you for the fabulous weekend. We had a great time and learned a tonne!"
- JS, Bespoke group course, January 2012

"...thank you to both yourself and Karen for the wonderful day's cooking in October. It really was the highlight of my holiday."
- CH, Just Desserts, October 2011
 
"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 course, October 2011

"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, September 2011

"We really had an amazing day.  Thanks so much for making it such a good experience!"
- JH, Bespoke Course, May 2011

"....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, April 2011

"We had a great time, really enjoyed it."
- GH, Bespoke Course, March 2011

“We all really enjoyed the course and our stay.  I'll recommend it to all my friends!"
- CF, Breadmaking, March 2011

“......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, February 2011
 

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