A crucial oven repair . ..

It’s been nearly two years of regular baking in our large wood-fired oven, and finally the bottom stones have begun to crack under the strain.  So our assistant baker was recruited to mend them!  Nine, 30cm tiles later, the job was finished, but there’s still the problem of getting the repairman out of the oven!  We expect all will have been taken care of in time for our first breadmaking courses of the season.

Breadmaking Courses 2014: Autumn

Autumn 2014:

  • Saturday 13th September, 2014:  French Breads
  • Wednesday 17th September, 2014:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Wednesday 8th October, 2014:  Italian Breads
  • Wednesday 22nd October, 2014:  Fancy Breads
  • Wednesday 29th October, 2014:  Breadmaking for Beginners
  • Wednesday 5th November, 2014:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Wednesday 12th November, 2014:  Breadmaking for Beginners [Now Fully Booked]
  • Wednesday 19th November, 2014:  French Breads [One Place Left]
  • Saturday 22nd November, 2014:  Scandinavian Breads
  • Wednesday 26th November, 2014:  Festive Breads

We’re delighted to consider offering Bespoke Courses for a minimum of 3 participants, maximum of 4, on an available Wednesday or Saturday of your choice.  The minimum course fee in this instance would be £85 per participant;  gather your mates together, chat about what you want to learn, make a booking with Carrie, and come out to our friendly bakery in the fells of Sparty Lea and enjoy the countryside!

Instead of a booking form, we’re going to suggest that bookings should be confirmed by telephone (01434) 685047 or email (info@allendalebakery.com) and payment should follow to hold the booking, by cheque (payable to Allendale Bakery Ltd) or by BACS, as we will specify at the time of booking, if this is more convenient.

Prices for our courses start at £85 for Breadmaking for Beginners, £90-£95 for culture-specific and Sourdough breads, to £100 for the Fancy and Festive Bread courses, since the ingredients are so much more expensive for these breads.  Fancy Bread courses involve a variety of  tea cakes, fruit bread, bara brith, chelsea buns, for example, while Festive Bread courses incorporate several different Christmas breads from a variety of cultures.  Each day-long course starts with coffee and introductions at 8:30 am, high in the fells here in Sparty Lea, and includes a lovely lunch and afternoon tea, with all the bread you’ve made ready to pack up and take home at about 4:00pm.

We accept cash, cheque,  or BACS payment, and we must emphasise that payments are not transferrable nor refundable in the event a date subsequently becomes inconvenient for the student.   We are delighted to provide vouchers usable for any course, but when a course is booked on a voucher claim or by conventional means, that booking is not transferrable.  [We are considering increasing our fees by 50% because of students trying to exchange dates at the last moment, which leaves us in the lurch;  our non-transferrable policy is our best attempt to keep our course fees down, so please note when booking!]   If we have to cancel any course, a full refund will be given, naturally.

Autumn 2013 Breadmaking Courses

Cometh the month, cometh the schedule! . . . Carrie has been busy reconciling our work-a-day lives with the delights of providing an extensive series of breadmaking courses, and she has now chosen the dates for the autumn of 2013.  Further details will follow, but for now, if you are interested in any of these offerings, please get in touch with Carrie directly (email:  info@allendalebakery.com) or by phone:  01434 685047 and she will be able to check her diary, our bakery bible,  to facilitate.

  • Wednesday, 11th September:  Breadmaking for Beginners [Now fully booked]
  • Saturday 14th September:  Sourdough Techniques (Cancelled: Funeral Tea)
  • Saturday 21st September:  French Bread
  • Saturday 28th September:  Italian Bread
  • Wednesday 9th October:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday 12th October:  Breadmaking for Beginners [2 places left]
  • Wednesday 23rd October:  Italian Bread
  • Wednesday 30th October:  Scandinavian Bread [Now fully booked]
  • Saturday 2nd November:  Breadmaking for Beginners
  • Wednesday 13th November:  French Bread
  • Saturday 23rd November:  Breadmaking for Beginners [2 places left]
  • Saturday 30th November:  Festive Bread [Now fully booked]

Prices for these courses start at £85 for Breadmaking for Beginners, £90-£95 for culture-specific breads, to £100 for the Festive Bread course.  The day-long course starts with coffee and introductions at 8:30 am, high in the fells here in Sparty Lea, and includes a lovely lunch and afternoon tea, with all the bread you’ve made ready to pack up and take home at about 4:00pm.

We accept cash, cheque,  or BACS payment, and we must emphasise that payments are not transferrable nor refundable in the event a date subsequently becomes inconvenient for the student.   We are delighted to provide vouchers usable for any course, but when a course is booked on a voucher claim or by conventional means, that booking is not transferrable.  [We are considering increasing our fees by 50% because of students trying to exchange dates at the last moment, which leaves us in the lurch;  our non-transferrable policy is our best attempt to keep our course fees down, so please note when booking!]   If we have to cancel any course, a full refund will be given, naturally.