Swift House Cookery School

Swift House Cookery School, Bethersden: Hours, Address, Swift House Cookery School Reviews: 5/5

Swift House Cookery School
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Jo R
By Jo R
Indian Cookery with Dev Biswal
Apr 2018
Anyone who has visited any of Dev's 'Ambrette' Restaurants will be aware that his style of cookery is best described as Asian fusion, rather than bog standard curry. Having received a gift of a cookery class for two at Swift House taught by Dev, I was really excited to see how he works his magic, and completely delighted by the whole experience. Swift House is bright and welcoming (although not particularly well sign posted from the street) It's a white weather boarded house, at the rear of a line of buildings to the left of a pub, and there is ample parking. We had a welcome coffee and a chat, ran through a few safety basics and then got cracking. The class was intimate (maximum 8 participants, only 7 on the day we went) We were given lots of information and tips for blending flavours, and got to try some of the more unfamiliar ingredients we hadn't necessarily seen before. (carom seed - ajwain and kalpasi/ dagad phool - Indian rock moss spring to mind) We watched a demonstration by Dev then tried to recreate it at our work stations in pairs.There was lots of hands on, and Dev was always watching and ready with advice if asked. Caroline who runs Swift House, works tirelessly in the background, washing and tidying up and this works so well. It wouldn't be practical for everyone to have to clean up after themselves, so she does it whilst everyone is watching the next demonstration. We cooked several dishes, with a few pre-prepared ingredients that needed overnight fermentation or marinading, and ate a delicious hake lunch, most of which we had cooked and presented ourselves.Complimentary wine was an unexpected bonus! We also cooked another chicken dish to take home, together with a recipe book of everything we'd done. We had the opportunity to buy small mason jars of some of the more uncommon ingredients which are not readily available except in Asian stores or online. All in all it was a relaxed informative day, and we came away feeling a lot more confident about throwing out the jars of Patak's and going more off-piste with our Indian cookery. Very highly recommended.

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Jo R
Swanley, UK54 contributions
Indian Cookery with Dev Biswal
Apr 2018 • Family
Anyone who has visited any of Dev's 'Ambrette' Restaurants will be aware that his style of cookery is best described as Asian fusion, rather than bog standard curry. Having received a gift of a cookery class for two at Swift House taught by Dev, I was really excited to see how he works his magic, and completely delighted by the whole experience.
Swift House is bright and welcoming (although not particularly well sign posted from the street) It's a white weather boarded house, at the rear of a line of buildings to the left of a pub, and there is ample parking.
We had a welcome coffee and a chat, ran through a few safety basics and then got cracking.
The class was intimate (maximum 8 participants, only 7 on the day we went) We were given lots of information and tips for blending flavours, and got to try some of the more unfamiliar ingredients we hadn't necessarily seen before. (carom seed - ajwain and kalpasi/ dagad phool - Indian rock moss spring to mind)
We watched a demonstration by Dev then tried to recreate it at our work stations in pairs.There was lots of hands on, and Dev was always watching and ready with advice if asked.
Caroline who runs Swift House, works tirelessly in the background, washing and tidying up and this works so well. It wouldn't be practical for everyone to have to clean up after themselves, so she does it whilst everyone is watching the next demonstration. We cooked several dishes, with a few pre-prepared ingredients that needed overnight fermentation or marinading, and ate a delicious hake lunch, most of which we had cooked and presented ourselves.Complimentary wine was an unexpected bonus!
We also cooked another chicken dish to take home, together with a recipe book of everything we'd done.
We had the opportunity to buy small mason jars of some of the more uncommon ingredients which are not readily available except in Asian stores or online.
All in all it was a relaxed informative day, and we came away feeling a lot more confident about throwing out the jars of Patak's and going more off-piste with our Indian cookery.
Very highly recommended.
Written April 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michael G
Margate, England, United Kingdom42 contributions
Indian Cookery with Dev Biswal of the Ambrette Restaurant
Mar 2016 • Solo
A very well organised Saturday school where we were taught about the essential flavours of Indian cuisine and were each given the opportunity to prepare a range of dishes, some of which we took home.

This was a mist interesting event and taught me a great deal about gaining those special flavours. It also challenged a lot of preconceived ideas I had, so thoroughly well worth while. The course is restricted to a maximum of 8 and we worked in pairs, but with each getting to cook.

Dev is a modest and very pleasant guy and a born teacher. Highly recommended!
Written March 5, 2016
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J M
London, UK1 contribution
Indian Class with Dev Biswal
Oct 2013 • Solo
Fantastic day learning the intricacies of traditional Indian cookery.
Learnt lots of tips, from spices to marinades and has totally changed my approach to Indian cuisine. Caroline was friendly and helpful and promoted a great camaraderie in the kitchen.
Thoroughly enjoyable - highly recommended.
Written February 11, 2014
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Jakepotter
1 contribution
Thai Cookery made simple and fun - Great experience!
Jan 2014 • Couples
Cannot recommend Swift House Cookery School high enough as attended their Thai cookery day in January (see photos on their Facebook page). What fun!

Great atmosphere (alcohol available at lunchtime, which was a pleasant surprise and added bonus), well organised, Belle (our teacher) was a true Thai and overall a very good experience that both myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed.

I have now booked my wife and daughter on a cake decorating course and am confident they will have the same great experience.

We'll done swift House! See you again soon ;)
Written February 10, 2014
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ChrisSundridge
Kent, UK105 contributions
Relaxed and informative. Real learning fun
Dec 2013 • Solo
I attended a cake making course at the Swift House Cookery school. The course was bought for me as a gift and I was apprehensive that I may be the only male on the course. However with just 7 (2 men) of us for the 6 hour day we had great personal attention frrom the delightful owner, Caroline. She teaches in such a relaxed, yet professional manner that resulted in a wonderful looking, and later delicious cake with the best tasting chocolate ever. This was a great gift for me and enjoyed it so much that I will book to go again. Well done Swift Cookery school.
Written December 20, 2013
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