We booked an afternoon of Italien cooking with the Smart School in Beaconsfield with 2 for 1 vouchers. The venue is brand new hence the vouchers, and I believe they have other sites. They had a slight booking mix up so what was meant to be a group of 10 became 12, but although our room was just big enough for 10, everyone was friendly and we managed to fit in the extra two people. We were a mixed group of couples, single men and ladies, and mothers & daughters.
The class was very hands on and great fun. Everyone got an opportunity to try out their skills if they wanted to, but there was no pressure to join in if you didn't. Luckily for us most of our group didn't want to participate so my partner and I spent most of the class having a go at making pasta, vegetable lasagne and arancini, as well as learning how to use knives properly.
The great thing about the class, apart from the chef who was great fun and very knowledgable, was that you make enough food for everyone to eat, and with wine if you want it. The school also has a shop selling lovely oils & vinegars, which we used during the cooking so got to sample and could buy afterwards with an extra discount.
A very fun afternoon that we thoroughly enjoyed. There were promises to email the recipes afterwards although we're still waiting to receive them. I'd definitely recommend it.