The Culinary Cottage
The Culinary Cottage is a haven for food lovers and offers a selection of residential and one day cookery courses, catering for students of all abilities from a basics 5-day course to Dinner parties made stressless and Student survival to an advanced course for the more experienced, as well as specialist courses such as An Aga can. Find out more
Situated near Abergavenny, overlooking the beautiful Black Mountains, the Culinary Cottage enjoys an unrivalled setting and is ideally located for walking off all the fine food students have prepared and consumed during the day, with many scenic trails nearby, along with historic buildings and other outdoor activities such as pony trekking and golf. Find out more
"Penny is quite simply a brilliant cook. She has unending patience and calmness, is never fazed, and can always be relied on to produce exceptional food, no matter how important the occasion." Lady Elizabeth Anson
Years of travelling the globe, cooking for dignitaries, celebrities and royalty, including a private dinner party for HM The Queen, have equipped Penny Lewis with extensive knowledge, expertise and a love of cooking that resonates in the delectable dishes she creates. During her time travelling across Europe, many clients have taken a great interest in the preparation of her meals, often watching her work in their kitchens. Having returned home and sympathetically converted her 150-year old cottage, Penny is now offering her students the opportunity to do the same and learn the skills that have made her reputation.
"Penny has cooked for us on a variety of occasions for many years. Her meals are imaginative and delicious whether feeding two or forty two! She manages to remain calm and relaxed in sometimes the most difficult of situations. Nothing is to much trouble for her, anything is always possible even with the fussiest of guests. Penny's diligence and understanding of what is important in the kitchen makes her the finest cook we have ever employed." Sir Peter and Lady Ogden