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About us

Until December 2020, Streamcombe Farm was a gourmet bed and breakfast, cookery school and wedding venue near Dulverton, Somerset, on the southern edge of Exmoor - the creation of Karen and Ian Jarmarkier.  Karen and Ian bought Streamcombe in the summer of 2008 and spent the following 8 months converting the main barn to create contemporary rooms for their planned bed and breakfast.  After a winter of grueling hard work the business opened at the start of June 2009.  They have been running cookery courses since 2010, in our dedicated "cookery barn", and added festival style weddings to the mix in 2013.

Now, we are on the move.  We have closed our B&B and wedding venue, but the cookery school continues on.  We will be relocating to a new venue in Ilfracombe in the first quarter of 2021.  In the meantime, we continue to run courses, very successfully, from the nice kitchen at Brushford Parish Hall, near Dulverton.

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Your chef and tutor - Ian Jarmarkier

Guests rave about Ian`s abilities as a chef and evening dinner has become a ‘must have’.  Streamcombe Cookery School was a natural development. Ian brings a wealth of cooking experience to share with participants........

"Food has gradually become my life – starting as casual interest and evolving into an obsession.

Prior to moving to Streamcombe I headed the Food and Innovation Centre for a major supermarket - leading product innovation and quality, managing a team of chefs, delivering cookery demonstrations, running cookery courses, and cooking for a challenging collection of celebrities and food experts (to name a few - Pru Leith, Jamie Oliver, Oz Clarke, Zac Goldsmith, Richard Curtis and George Alagiah)

I am largely self taught but have benefited working with, and learning from, some very skilled and talented people – a good selection of the celebrity chefs you will know and love, plus butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheese makers, patissiers, confectioners, farmers and wine makers.  Plus, I have eaten in lots of great (and some not so great) restaurants and had the chance to spend some time in their kitchens."

Ian Jarmarkier Streamcombe cookery school
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"I have made a number of radio appearances talking about food and cookery, plus a bit of television work, have also provided content for a couple of books, and created more published recipes than I can count!

In addition to all of the above I also have a distinction in the WSET Level 2 Certificate in Wine and Spirits, am a trained cheese grader and of course have a Level 3 Certificate in Food Hygiene."

Food loves

  • Finding and cooking wild foods, especially mushrooms
  • Honest food – local, seasonal, natural
  • Bread, cheese, pasta, seafood, game and, of course, wine

Food hates

  • Anything intensively reared, past its best or out of season
  • Foams
  • Packet croutons
  • Pointless garnishes