Ashburton Cookery School

French Bistro

Ashburton Cookery School

French Bistro

Join us to explore the heart and soul of French cookery. There are few more enjoyable dining experiences than those found at an authentic French bistro where you can enjoy simple dishes in a relaxed setting.

On this course we will be learning classic bistro recipes from different regions of this great, gastronomic nation.

We will be enjoying tasting plates of each regional dish that you have learned to cook as we move through the course, and you will taste a delicious Bouillabaisse and take home fresh crusty baguette that you will have learnt to make yourself.

At the end of this highly practical, but fun day of cookery, you will have learned some classic French recipes and an appreciation of this magnificent cuisine.

The Menu

Classic French Baguette
A staple of every French région, with its classic thin shape and crispy crust.

From Marseille (Provence/South East)

Bouillabaisse Provencal
Fish stew with rouille, croutons and gruyere cheese.

From Parisienne (Central)

Bavette Frite Bordelaise
Flank steak with shallots, smoked bacon and bone marrow with red wine.

From Normandy (North West)

Tarte Tatin
Upside-down apple tart with calvados caramel and vanilla anglaise.


Occasionally recipes may change due to seasonality and availability of produce.

Common Questions

You will enjoy a lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have a lunch and at the end of each day's cooking you will take home any dishes you have made.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Baking, Patisserie, Chocolate Making we will provide a buffet lunch and whilst you will take lots home to enjoy, you will need to make provision for dinner as this is not provided.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.