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3 Days Italian, British, Middle Eastern, Indian Organic Vegetarian Cooking Holidays in England

The Organic Farm Shop, Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, GL7 5HF

Vegetarian Cookery Holidays in England

Enjoy a weekend on an award-winning organic farm and learn to make loads of delicious recipes. You'll use the farm produce to cook Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern and modern British food.

The menus feature classic vegetarian dishes that you'll want to cook again and again.

Meet the instructors

Ruth
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Highlights

  • 4 cooking lessons
  • Full cooking equipment
  • Optional afternoon veg gardening session
  • Tour of certified organic vegetable garden and farmyard
  • Complete pack of all recipes cooked over the course
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals included

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3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
03:30
Check-out Time:
02:30

Abbey Home Farm is a 1600-acre mixed organic farm on the edge of Cirencester. Guests will stay in the ensuite bedrooms, constructed of wood from the farm and nestled into the side of the wood, overlooking the vegetable garden and beyond. All rooms open up into a wide south-facing veranda and are en-suite, with under floor heating.

The Organic Farm Shop will provide organic cotton bed linen, which is hand block printed in the farm's own tiny workshop in Rajasthan. There is a large communal space for eating, chatting and relaxing.

Program

Field to Fork Cookery Weekend on the Farm

At Abbey Home Farm, a beautiful award winning organic farm in the Cotswolds, using 100% organic ingredients from the 10 acre vegetable garden and beyond and the farm creamery with Ruth Quinlan. Friday, March 20, 3pm - Sunday, March 22, 3pm.

Start with a farmyard and garden tour alongside Hilary who started the farmshop, cafe, veg garden and education projects. Cook Friday and Saturday late afternoon, and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Spend an optional Saturday afternoon with Andy the head grower at the farm, mucking in with whatever needs doing that day. Lots of time for discussion and debate on how they farm and cook there.

Friday

  • 3pm Welcome and settle into The Orchard accommodation.
  • 4pm Walk with Hilary - an intro to the land you are staying on and what she uses it for, including the veg garden.
  • 5pm Cook and then feast.
  • Relax and sleep.

Saturday

  • 11am Cook and then feast.
  • 2.30pm Garden with Andy the Head Grower (wet weather jobs inside!).
  • 5pm Cook and then feast.
  • Relax and Sleep.

Sunday

  • 11am Cook and then feast.
  • 2.30 Goodbyes.

Lovely walks or places to run on the farm in the free time or the shop to browse and books to read.

Programme might be adjusted at any time if necessary.

Included excursions

Relax and unwind in your time off, take a leisurely walk to the stone circle in the woods, roam across the fields or just have a drink and enloy the view.

Instructors

Ruth Quinlan

Location

This hands-on cooking weekend will take place in the town of Cirencester, England.

Food

All meals are included during your culinary weekend. The Organic Farm Shop and its organic gardens will provide you the inspiration for the dishes created throughout the weekend. The food will be mainly plant based including some dairy from the shorthorn micro dairy and eggs from the chickens on the farm. Food is 100% organic.

Homestyle breakfast is provided for you to help yourself - farm bread, milk, yoghurt, eggs and honey, with fruit, meusli and oats. Teas of many sorts, coffee and fresh fruit always available.

Here are some sample menus for an idea of what you will cook over the weekend.

Italian cookery:

  • Ribollita with walnut and parsley pesto
  • Semolina gnocchi with baked field mushrooms and gremolata
  • Castagnaccio (chestnut 'bread')
  • Lemon polenta cake
  • Tortiglioni (almond macaroons)

Modern British:

  • Roast beetroot salad with hazelnuts, dill and peppery leaves
  • Leek and cheese rough puff pie with picallili
  • Steamed treacle pudding with custard

Middle Eastern:

  • Harissa
  • Carrot and harissa salad
  • Falafel
  • Pita
  • Tahina dressing
  • Kichree or mejadra (rice, lentils, crispy onion, all spice, cinnamon)
  • “Israeli” salad
  • Orange blossom, coconut and marmalade cake
  • Dried fig jam
  • Ma’amoul

Indian:

  • Onion bhajis and green chutney
  • Bengal gram dal
  • Chickpea and black cardamom curry (chole sindhi)
  • Dill rice
  • Potatoes sookhe aloo
  • Cauliflower with fennel and mustard seeds
  • Cabbage with spices and tomato
  • Raita
  • Carrot halwa, fruit and cream

Menus might be adjusted at any time if necessary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

6 miles circular walk (dogs welcome)

Start from the Norman Arch in Cirencester or you can start from the gate as above. The first half of this walk is on a permissive path through woodland, opened by Abbey Home Farm and Dillies Farm. 15 minutes on a minor road at the northern end of the route connects the permissive path with the public footpath, along the River Churn at the bottom of Perrots Brook hill.

Farm trail

If you follow the woodland and walk through the wood to the totem pole, you will then find arrows that guide you along the farm trail, about 35 minutes in total. On this trail you can often see cows, sheeps, and chickens. It passes around open farmland and through Coronation wood, returning down the old railway line and back to the shop.

Permisive footpath (dogs welcome)

Drive back to the traffic lights, turn right up the stow road 429, and turn first right down to the farm lane. 500 metres on the left park tight in to the hedge, and you will see the gate on the right with an arrow. This path goes up through Ragged Hedge Wood and then, past the newly discovered Long Barrow on the right. Follow the arrows across the field with the standing stone, past the grain store and back along the old lane to the car. This takes about 45 minutes on average.

Short walk

There is a short 10 minutes little stroll through the Yellow School wood, just down the farm lane.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 4 cooking lessons
  • 1 veg gardening session (optional)
  • All meals included
  • Complete pack of all recipes cooked over the course
  • Full cooking equipment
  • Tour of certified organic vegetable garden and farm

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Train and bus tickets
  • Transfers to the farm

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Cirencester, Swindon or Stow

The Organic Farm Shop entrance is situated on Burford Road B4425, so if you are coming from Cirencester, Swindon or Stow use google maps NOT SATNAV. Please park in the events car park and come round to the shop to meet the staff.

Arrival by bus

  • Bus number 51/151/51a runs between Swindon and Cheltenham via Cirencester.
  • Bus number 881/885 runs from the station to Cirencester centre.

Arrival by train

Both Cheltenham and Swindon have mainline train stations. The nearest train station is Kemble, which is 5 miles from Cirencester. A number of national trails run through the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Way, The Thames Path, The Macmillan Way and the Monarchs Way all pass very close to The Organic Farm Shop.

Arrival by taxi

A wide number of taxi services are available from Kemble train station or from Cirencester.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Friday October 2, 2020
Departure: Sunday October 4, 2020

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