Muddy says: If your culinary skills need work (hey, what’s wrong with baked beans on toast?), it’s time to go back to school. But this is the best sort of school, with fun courses for everyone, where you get to scoff amazing food and can chill out afterwards in the chic café and wine bar.
Cambridge Cookery is a delicious-sounding mixture of all our favourite things – an independent neighbourhood meeting place, an award-winning cookery school, and a Scandi-chic, Italian-inspired café and wine bar with seriously good food, drink and plenty of amazing foodie events. The recipe for this successful business was concocted by chef and food writer Tina Roche back in 2007 and Cambridge Cookery has grown to become one of the city’s must-visit foodie destinations. With its strong emphasis on sustainability, slow food and community, in 2018 Cambridge Cookery became the first zero food waste business in Cambridge – now that’s one amazing feat.
Cambridge Cookery School
The Cookery School is the beating heart of this business, so if you’re bored to death of your own cooking repertoire (tonight kids, it’s… pasta, quelle surprise!), then you can book yourself in to all manner of exciting courses, and get the kids to join you for that matter. All the day and evening courses take place in a stunning kitchen, so watch out for immediate interiors envy, and include everything from 15-min meals (yes please!) and beginners’ bread to using up leftovers and pasta perfection. There’s no standing back and watching the pros do it all either, these are hands-on courses and anyone, yes even you Mrs Burnt-the-beans-on-toast can take part.
Getting kids and young adults ready to fend for themselves at university and beyond has never been easier – Cambridge Cookery run DofE Gold residential courses, courses for budding chalet chefs and parent and child baking sessions. And, we can’t think of a better place for a corporate event, private party, or hen do with a difference. If you want to take your love of food beyond the city, they even organise culinary trips to Italy and Stockholm.
Café and wine bar
You don’t have to get your hands dirty here though, you can simply enjoy the fruits of the experts’ labour by visiting the café and wine bar for a delightful meal. The modern and mouth-watering food here is all home-made from the finest, locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients, all with a strong Scandinavian and Italian influence (think open rye sandwich on the menu next to filled focaccia). On Friday evenings you can also enjoy a tipple or two in the wine bar, while Saturday evenings often see acclaimed chefs hosting pop-up supper clubs, where tickets sell out faster than hotcakes.