Vegetarian Cookery School Frequently Asked Questions
• About the courses – dietary – experience v beginner
Will I be out of my depth as a beginner?
We aim the courses for a mixture of abilities and on many days cover basics such as knife skills. They are intended as a relaxed learning experience. The 'Fast & Delicious' course is simple cooking by it's time limited nature whereas some of the world cuisine courses are better suited for more experienced cooks as there are ingredients and methods which are less familiar to many and can be faster paced. Please do not hesitate to call us in the office if you wish to discuss which courses you might be interested in, what those courses cover and whether it would be suitable for someone with your experience.
Are the courses suitable for experienced cooks?
Most of our courses are intended for the home cook. They are not aimed at those looking to cater professionally. That said, we welcome many confident cooks, especially on courses such as the Southern Indian as they cover more unusual ingredients and techniques. We also run Masterclasses with visiting celebrity chefs. Please contact us in the office if you wish to discuss this further.
Do you cater for vegans?
We run specific vegan courses, but most of our courses are easily adaptable. We provide vegan versions of recipes where possible, or alternative dishes. A couple of courses would probably not suit vegans due to the high content of dairy ingredients, but we are happy to advise further by telephone if you wish to discuss the courses you would be interested in.
Do you cater for other dietary requirements?
We always check dietary requirements on booking so we can ensure everyone is included and able to enjoy the food on the day. Alternatives are available where dishes are unsuitable. Whilst most requirements are easily accommodated we will always advise if we feel a specific course would not be suitable.
How much cooking will I do?
The day is a mix of hands on cooking and demonstration. You will see demonstrations of important skills in different styles of cooking, and plenty of hands on. We prepare and cook together, either as a large group, or in smaller groups. We do not use individual work stations.
• About the day – timing – food – equipment – people
What time does the day start/ finish?
The course starts with tea/coffee at 9.50am to start in the kitchen at 10am, and finishes at around 4.30. Please let us know at the beginning of the day if you need to leave promptly (e.g. to catch a train)
Do we take food home?
The menu for the day is planned around the class lunch, the high point of the day. Therefore there is no food available to take home, but you will receive a recipe file of all the dishes covered.
When do we eat?
The menu usually covers 8-10 dishes. We cook and taste throughout the day (so you won’t go hungry!) and finish with a late lunch at 3.00-3.30pm with organic wine.
What should I bring?
You do not need to bring anything. The course fee includes the use of all equipment, aprons, ingredients, refreshments throughout the day and lunch with organic wine. You will be on your feet for a large part of the day and may appreciate comfortable shoes! and those with long hair, something to tie it back.
How many on the course/ who comes to the courses?
We take a maximum of 16 people on each full day course. The day is intended as a relaxed learning experience and we cook and eat together. The courses attract people of all ages and from all walks of life, a mixture of men and women, vegetarians and non veggies, confident cooks and those less experienced and those just stuck in a rut. Many come on their own, some in pairs or small groups of family and friends. Every day is different!
Who teaches the courses?
The courses are lead by experienced chefs. Please see about the tutors for more information.
• About Bath – walking distance – parking – accommodation
Is the cookery school close to the city centre?
The Cookery School is in the heart of the city, very close to the Abbey & Demuths Restaurant. The cookery school is 5-10 minutes walk from the train and bus station.
Can I walk there from the train station?
The cookery school is a 5-10 minutes level walk from the train station.
Where can I stay?
Bath has an abundance of accommodation from bed & breakfast to 5 star hotels. We have a list of vegetarian friendly bed & breakfasts which we send out with booking confirmations and details can be found on the website.
Is there parking?
The cookery school has no parking as it is in the centre of town. You can be dropped off directly outside the cookery school.
There is no free parking in Bath city centre. There are four long stay car parks in Bath - Manvers Street, Charlotte Street, Avon Street and Southgate. Parking charges apply. Manvers Street is closest to the School and is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm. There is also a car park at Bath Cricket Ground, the main ground at North Parade Bridge Road has 150 long-term pay & display parking spaces conveniently situated just off the A36 and a short walk to the city centre.
By Park and Ride: There are four park and rides into Bath (one Saturday only)
Newbridge to the west - located on the A4, Newbridge Road. Drops off at Westgate Buildings (few minutes walk from school). Bus number 21.
Lansdown to the north - Exit M4 (j18) onto the A46, signposted from A46/A420 junction, 3 miles south of M4. Drops off at Milsom Street (few minutes walk from school). Bus number 31.
Odd Down to the south - located on the A367. Drops off at St James Parade (few minutes walk from school). Bus number 41.
There is also a Saturday Only Park and Ride from Bath University which drops off and picks up from just outside of the Cookery School.
Bath University to the East - signposted from the A36. Drops of outside the Cookery School. Bus number 19 - Sat only
Buses run every 15 minutes and run until 8.30 pm.
Bath Park and Ride
Can I book online?
Yes you can book online, choose your course and follow the on screen procedure.You will receive via email a downloadable PDF to bring with you on the day with the information that you will need.
We limit the number of places that can be booked on line, so as not to disadvantage those that prefer to book over the telephone or send in a booking form by post.
When the course has reached the limit for booking on line, give us a ring (01225 427938) to check availability and then you can book over the phone with a credit card or send in a downloadable booking form by post.
At present you can not use vegetarian school gift vouchers to pay on line.
Can I change my booking?
Amendments to bookings may be made up to 28 days prior to the date of the class. If you find you are unable to attend a class less than 28 days before the date of the class you are welcome to send someone else in your place. We regret that the course fees will only be refunded, or booking transferred, if we are able to fill your place. These rules apply equally to gift voucher bookings.
When is the fee due?
At time of booking - bookings are made on a first come, first served basis on receipt of full payment. We are happy to provisionally hold places for a short period if you are unsure if the date is suitable, but we will seek confirmation should the course fill up.
Do you take group/ private bookings?
We take private bookings for 8-16 people. These are suitable for hen parties, birthday parties, family get to-gethers and corporate outings. We are usually available any day, that isn't already running with an advertised course. The course would be of your choosing, either from our current program or mix & match from our courses, or we can design a course according to your taste. (A recent hen party was based on recreating the bride-to-be’s favourite balti dishes!) Please contact us in the office to discuss your requirements.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
We sell gift vouchers for the Cookery School. They are not interchangeable and must be used for the establishment for which they were bought.
Cookery School Vouchers are sold for the value of a One Day course (£150) and show no monetary value on the voucher. We also sell cookery school vouchers for £25, £45, £50 & £75 for those who wish to contribute to the cost of a course as a gift.
Where can I buy them?
Vouchers are available to purchase via our internet shop or by telephoning the office.
How long are they valid?
The Cookery School vouchers are valid for one year. This means the recipient has one year in which to book a course; as many of our courses book up 3-4 months in advance it is conceivable that the course date will fall beyond the year limit.