The Avenue Cookery School

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The Avenue Cookery School
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8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
The Avenue Cookery School’s aim, as a family-run school, is to teach people of all ages and abilities an understanding of food. Moving away from cookbook dependency and to start treating recipes as sources of inspiration and guidance. We teach all of this during our fun, carefully structured classes & courses, while incorporating love, enthusiasm and a relaxed, fun atmosphere in our Wandsworth Town and City kitchens. Offering anything from short public (and sometimes boozy) classes to corporate events or private hens and kids parties – you name it, we do it! Check out our courses to see what tantalises your taste buds! “Possibly the most fun cookery school in London”
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KatyHans
2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
I bought the Beef Wellington cooking class for my boyfriend’s birthday and we had a great night. We had asked in advance to change some ingredients which was accommodated without any issue and was ready at our bench when we arrived.

Our teacher, Helen was brilliant, taking time to explain things to us as a class and then give individual advice to those that had follow up questions or (like us!) had forgotten what she told us to do.

The quality of the ingredients was also top notch so even the most hopeless of chefs couldn’t fail to produce something delicious by the end. Wine glasses and soda bread were kept topped up throughout the evening which added to the fun environment. There was even a Kitchen Porter so all our dirty equipment disappeared like magic leaving us to focus on enjoying and learning.

It might seem quite pricey at first glance but when you compare to a 2 course meal for two with wine and bread and add in that you’ve also learnt a new skill and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, I would definitely say it’s worth the money. We shall be returning!
Written April 26, 2021
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Hi there, Thank you so much for leaving us such a great review! We're so pleased to hear that you and your boyfriend had a great time at the class and we'll pass on your lovely comments to Helen! Enjoy using the skills that you've learnt and we hope to welcome you into our kitchens again soon! A x
Written April 27, 2021
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Dominique S
Brighton, UK10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Me and my brother did the Vegan Bao Bun class on a Sunday afternoon. I was 10 minutes late but was able to just walk in and join in the class, it was a very relaxed atmosphere. We were led by Helen who was thorough, attentive and friendly throughout. Dan, who was assisting her, was also very helpful, gave us useful tips and kept surfaces clean the whole way through. The wine was flowing and our bao buns were a huge success - some of the best I’ve tasted and will likely cook again thanks to the recipe we now have. I would definitely recommend to any cooks of any ability, it’s a super fun few hours and we came out with full bellies and lots of useful cooking tips for the future! Thanks so much to Helen and the team for a great experience.
Written August 9, 2021
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed and great review! We're so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic Vegan Bao Class with us; the results sound absolutely delicious - as does the bottomless wine. We hope you enjoy recreating the yumminess at home and we look forward to welcoming you again to our school in the future! A x
Written August 10, 2021
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609Greg
London, UK12 contributions
Feb 2022
We attended the Mexican street food cooking class with another couple and would highly recommend both the School in general and that specific class. The staff were so friendly and helpful, constantly walking around the room to offer any help where it was needed as there was a fair bit of information to take in. You were never waiting to ask for help as they would get to you just as we started to look for their help.

Richard was a fantastic host, mixing fantastic cooking tips and knowledge along with a great sense of humour. Plenty of wine to go around also and most importantly the food was absolutely delicious. You get sent the recipes after to try at home and we are so excited to make this again. We learnt so many great cooking tips from Richard and it reignited a love for cooking. Would highly recommend, such a great evening!!
Written February 14, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We're so pleased that you had a great time on the Mexican Class making some delicious food. We'll pass your compliments onto the team and we look forward to welcoming you again to our school! A x
Written February 21, 2022
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Sarah C
1 contribution
Dec 2021
I can honestly say...now that Christmas dinner has been the most stress free and perfectly executed that this class was absolutely priceless. I knew immediately upon finishing the 5 hour course and tasting food that I promise was designed for royalty, that I was going to be prepared to make the best Christmas meal ever! However, the best part about it was that Diana began the class saying that a Christmas meal is meant to be an easy meal to prepare. She got us in the correct headspace immediately and allowed us to have such an enjoyable time cooking. I literally prepared every single item for Christmas Day with success. She even gives you a preparation plan so that you can do so much of the cooking and preparation days and weeks before, so that you have time on Christmas to spend with family! I did have one follow-up question for her and I literally didn't think of it until Christmas Eve, but sent an email and actually received a follow-up phone call. This school is literally the best. I've always made the dishes at home once completing the course and I have always had such a fun time in each class. I can't possibly say enough because it literally checks all the boxes of a perfectly designed cookery school. Fun and easy is always a bonus:)
Written January 2, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for the kind words and wonderful review! We are so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic time on the Easy Christmas Class and learnt some important and useful skills with regards to prepping a Christmas dinner! We'll pass your compliments onto Diana and we hope to get to welcome you again this year to our school. A x
Written January 4, 2022
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Isaac P
Bristol, UK1 contribution
May 2021
My partner and I did the Sri Lankan cooking course and had an absolute blast. The expertise of the lead teacher was very impressive, he really knew his stuff and his teaching was coloured by personal anecdotes from travelling Sri Lanka and the cuisine he experienced.

We learnt LOADS, the curry tasted so much better than anything I've done at home.

Also the wine was actually decent, definitely better than a 'house wine' which I was kind of expecting. You never had to ask for more, a new one would appear on the table as soon as it was needed which was brilliant!

Also worth mentioning are the assistants who helped run the class, they were really helpful and are able to have a good laugh with you too.

The £70 price is really good IMO, when you consider the wine and food you get as well as three hours high calibre teaching. We will defo be back!
Written June 4, 2021
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Hi there, Firstly, thank you for leaving us such a fantastic review! We are so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful overall experience on the Sri Lankan class and learnt how to make some delicious new dishes - you're right, that curry is just unbelievably tasty! We're glad that the bottomless wine went down well too (this does seem to be a popular opinion) and you were able to have a laugh with the team! We really appreciate all the feedback and look forward to welcoming you again soon to our school! A x
Written June 7, 2021
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Amelia H
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
Sep 2020
Honestly I would put my kids in here once a day if I could, not only for the life skills but the fun and social aspect as well. My kids (8 and 10) went the first time and made brioche, burgers, mac and cheese, crumble, cake and more in just four hours and loved every second of it, they couldn't stop talking about it! So I booked them in again (to cook veggie stir fry, cashew curry plus chapati and pudding and cake) - they had another hilariously fun time and now they not only eat courgette, onion, peppers, garlic, ginger.... they know how to prep and cook it too! And with no mess in my kitchen ;) The staff are incredible and engaging and it seems like a passionate and organised team. Can't recommend enough!!
Written September 2, 2020
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Hi Amelia, Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so so so glad your children love our Young Holiday Classes so much and we can't wait to have them back in our kitchens, whipping up a storm again, very soon! A x
Written September 3, 2020
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smgreen97
20 contributions
Apr 2022
Had such a great time at yesterday's Bao Bun class. Rich was so good at injecting energy into the room, getting the music on and the bottomless wine is a great touch!

Not only was it super fun but genuinely educational too, we never felt patronised, Rich didn't explain everything in a 'for dummies' way, you actually learn loads even if you already think you're an accomplished cook.

The food was so delicious and we didn't feel like they were rushing us out of the door at the end, everyone was sitting and chatting and drinking/eating, it was a great atmosphere.

100% worth the money and I'll be coming back!
Written April 25, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We're so pleased to hear that you had a great time on the Bao Class and came away having learnt a lot as well as making some delicious food! We'll pass your compliments onto Richard and the team and hope to welcome you again soon. A x
Written April 25, 2022
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jdosmith44
10 contributions
Feb 2022
Genuinely the most fun I’ve ever had in a cooking class!

From the moment you step inside everyone is making sure you’re having a good time and I never saw anything but smiles and laughter from the chefs, the staff and the rest of the class. Not only is the food you make delicious but you’re also taught in such a simple way that’s both easy to understand and put into practice. Cannot recommend the experience enough!
Written February 7, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We're so pleased to hear you had a great time at our school and made some delicious food! We hope to welcome you again soon in the future. A x
Written February 9, 2022
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jo.jo.joanna
London, UK1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
I was looking around online for a cooking class for my 11 year old son as he insisted he wanted to go to one…
This 4 hour cooking course from the holiday booking section ticked all the boxes. He went just after Christmas 2021 and absolutely loved it!!! He was in pairs and was quite happy his other partner didn’t want to do much so he could take the lead…he chopped, stirred, baked and all sorts. Not like some others where kids classes don’t allow you to do much… he did say that he would have liked to be the one that got all the ingredients from the pantry but that’s just him wanting to do everything from start to finish.

Highly recommend for those young teens into cooking.

From a happy mum
Written January 5, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! We're so pleased to hear that your son enjoyed himself on our Young Holiday Class - sounds like you have a budding chef in the making there! We hope he enjoys recreating the dishes at home and we hope to welcome you again soon to our school. A x
Written January 7, 2022
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Helen T
London, UK21 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
I really think this may be the best cookery school in London - it’s certainly the most fun and the best value in terms of what you get and learn. I did a bread baking class here pre-COVID, which was brilliant, but the pandemic disrupted my plans to return. Meanwhile, friends bought me a voucher for a different cookery school, which was an absolute joke and shall remain nameless!

I finally returned to The Avenue last month to do the “How to Cook a Perfect Roast” class, which was everything I hoped for and more. It was the end of a long day for Richard but his passion for cooking and care for the participants really shone through. His assistants were always on hand to help too. We learnt so many useful tips, cooked a complete roast dinner (with two different meats, all the trimmings and dessert) and had a lot of fun. And yes - the wine really is bottomless!

I’ve already signed up for The Avenue’s sous vide and sauces classes later this year and am greatly looking forward to them. I’d highly recommend this cookery school!
Written February 15, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic and detailed review! We are so pleased to hear that you've been having such a positive experience with us, clearly making lots of delicious dishes and learning so many skills! We're looking forward to welcoming you back to our school very soon! A x
Written February 21, 2022
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