Breadmaking Courses for 2018 . . .

Although Allendale Bakery has ceased production, after a decade of breadmaking (at various times on a daily or weekly basis), we’re still eager to help train aspiring bakers.  Anyone can make bread, but just a little bit of friendly advice in a course situation can make all the difference between leaden bricks and a light, satisfying crumb.

So, after an autumn of travel and settling down to retired life, and an extended interlude while winter blocks us in up in the fellside of Spartylea, we’ll be more than ready for some formal courses, and Carrie has now picked her dates and subject matter.  Enquiries are already rolling in, with some courses half-full already, so don’t hesitate to contact her by email (

The day-long courses kick off with coffee and introductions at 8:30 in the morning, followed by dough-making and loaf forming throughout the next few hours.  Lunch is offered at around 1pm, and baking commences thereafter.  Usually by about 4pm all the freshly baked bread is stacked on cooling trays ready to wrap up for each participant to take home.  These baking course days are an ideal gift, of course, and we’re delighted to provide vouchers in advance.    Course fees range from £95 to £110, and we ask kindly for payment in advance.

Please note that we keep our course fees low by trusting participants not to let us down by cancelling or attempting to re-book a different date at the last minute;  each course is limited to 4 participants.

So, with all of the fine print out of the way, our course offerings for 2018 are as follows:

  • Saturday, 28th April, 2018:  Breadmaking for Beginners
  • Saturday, 5th May, 2018:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday, 19th May, 2018:  Middle Eastern Breads
  • Saturday, 2nd June, 2018:  Italian Breads
  • Saturday, 30th June, 2018:  French Breads
  • Saturday, 7th July, 2018:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday 11th August, 2018:  Stuffed Breads
  • Saturday 26th August, 2018:  European Festival Breads
  • Saturday 1st September, 2018:  Breadmaking for Beginners

And that will be the extent of our offerings for the coming year, as we ever-so-effortlessly glide into retirement proper.

Spring courses. . . .and on into summer!

Up here in the fells of Spartylea, we’re definitely experiencing a springtime of loveliness . . .

It’s because of the harsh winters here, of course, that we can’t offer our popular breadmaking courses until the blizzard season is reasonably past.  So we’re delighted to have  commenced again throughout March, anyway, and we’re looking ahead to a full summer as well . . . enquirers looking for that ideal Easter or birthday present should  get in touch with Carrie ( to confirm availability and prices.

  • Saturday 18th March, 2017     Breadmaking for Beginners
  • Saturday 25th March, 2017    Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday 22nd April, 2017      Italian Breads
  • Saturday 29th April, 2017       Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday 6th May, 2017           French Breads
  • Saturday 20th May, 2017        Breadmaking for Beginners
  • Saturday 10th June, 2017        Scandinavian Breads
  • Saturday 24th June, 2017       Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday 29th July, 2017        Breadmaking for Beginners (2 places left)
  • Saturday 12th August, 2017   Sourdough Techniques  (2 places left)
  • Saturday 2nd September, 2017   Flat Breads & Dips

So, our best suggestion for enquirers is to email the bakery ( to enquire about prices (typically in the region of £90-£115) and availability.  Carrie our friendly baker will pencil your reservation in, confirming with you when she’s received payment (or forwarding on our special generic voucher that your recipient may use at any course).   We do remind our course participants that we try very hard to keep prices low, so late cancellations are not only a severe hardship to us but could force us to raise our fees in future.    Our courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, to a maximum of 4 participants on each day-long offering.

And all best wishes for the festive season!

Meeting the demand for courses

Our courses are increasingly in demand, so that Carrie has to work hard just to keep things going, in the best possible way.  We offer scheduled and bespoke breadmaking courses for a maximum of 4 participants here in our fellside bakery, and we all have a great deal of fun on the day!

Summer is upon us, it seems, sometimes, even though our busy bees are struggling through wind and rain, but then everyone has to struggle to stay standing in the wind and intermittent hail these days.   Carrie has worked out a friendly schedule for autumn of 2016.   So, for the most delightful day out you can imagine, with all the bread you bake brought back home alive, enquire soonest!

  • Saturday, 17th September, 2016:  Flat Breads, Dips & Mezze
  • Wednesday, 21st September, 2016:  Scandinavian Breads
  • Saturday 15th October, 2016:  Sourdough Techniques (Fully Booked)
  • Wednesday 2nd November, 2016:  Italian Breads
  • Saturday 12th November, 2016:  Sourdough Techniques [Now Fully Booked]
  • Wednesday 16th November, 2016:  French Breads
  • Wednesday 30th November, 2016:  Christmas/Festive Breads
  • Saturday 3rd December, 2016:  Bespoke Sourdough Techniques [Fully Booked]

Typical course fees range from £90 to £105, depending on the cost of ingredients and preparation time, and we ask for payment in advance please.  We keep our prices low trusting in  the goodwill of our students not to let us down by cancelling — otherwise we should need to double our prices if we lose a place at the last minute.