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Endings & Beginnings - Sophie's Cookery School

Endings & Beginnings

Sophie’s Cookery School has a new name and a new home

Over Sophie’s Cookery School ‘s seven year life we loved cooking with new friends and old friends all around Oxford and Oxfordshire. Now we are bowing out gracefully, celebrating all that we achieved with a large glass of prosecco or two.

Sophie Grigson now lives in Puglia in the South of Italy where she has launched a new venture TRULLI DELICIOUS and has also written a new cookery book A CURIOUS ABSENCE OF CHICKENS which is due to be published in June 2021. You can check out what she is up to on her blog Sophie in Puglia.

Once we can travel again safely Sophie would love to see you down in her new beautiful homeland and she’d love to teach you all about the fabulous food of Puglia and the Valle d’Itria.

Ciao Tutti! Alla prossima!





  • I’ve already got friends demanding a pasta evening now! The pressure is on… Lovely to meet the team and all the other chefs. Loved the community setting too, fantastic ambience. Thanks to Sophie and Amelia for the lovely stories and memories.

    Kieth Naylor, Winter Pasta Class

  • Thank you all so much for a really lovely evening. I really enjoyed the whole thing, it was such a nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the food was so tasty. I am looking forward to trying the recipes out at home. Thank you to you and everyone involved.

    Emma Rogers, Paneer to Panko Class

  • Thanks for a great evening. Good company and of course great food. Can’t wait to get my hands into some pasta. Have dusted off the pasta machine so here goes!

    Val Futcher, Winter Pasta Class

  • Thanks again for the wonderful event last week – we really enjoyed it, had a great time and learnt something! Everyone told me that this was a cool event, so thanks again to all three of you.

    Ulrike, Corporate Event

  • What a super evening. Many thanks for teaching us all new, delicious skills and being such a major part of Nicki’s hen do. There was certainly a lot of food, laughter… and flour. We have all been raving about it ever since and the girls will be thrilled to receive the recipes.

    Bridget Clayton, Pasta Making Hen Party Class

  • Absolutely wonderful evening last night! Thank you so much for all the preparation – the flavours were astonishing! People were so pleased at the results and getting to cook together… can’t say enough about the whole event. You were all very patient with us, handled our funny group very well with continual directions… and you all had such great attitudes. Excellent menu selection, fun times, fresh ingredients, professional instructions, cool location, SWEET people. What more can I say?? This has set the bar extremely high for future company Christmas events.

    Marisa Goodenough – Keit Spectrometers, Corporate Event

  • Thank you so much – I absolutely loved last night and I am inspired to do more!


    Clare Hadland, Middle Eastern Mezze Class

  • I really enjoyed last night’s vegetarian class and was delighted with what a wonderful meal Sophie guided us in preparing. Thanks to you all.

    Heather Steele, Totally Vegetarian Class

  • A big thank you for the Lemongrass, Lime and Chilli class last Sunday. A superb evening, relaxed, informal, educational and fun. Will definitely be back.

    Gordon Vaughan, Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli Class

  • Thank you so much for a very enjoyable Spice is Nice cookery class. I feel far more confident now to “dry roast” my spices and will make all of the recipes again over the next few weeks and months. I especially enjoyed the Japanese dish and will book up later in the year for the sushi making class. Thanks again to Sophie and your whole team.

    Cynthia Felstead, Spice is Nice Class

  • I very much enjoyed the cookery lesson and have successfully repeated a couple of the dishes and utilised some useful techniques learned from the session – a thoroughly enjoyable and informative class.

    Jeff Baynes, Cuisine de Provence Class

  • I enjoyed the class very much and learnt a few handy tips as well. I thought the way Sophie got through all these dishes, keeping calm and keeping us all up to the mark was excellent.

    Mary Alexander, Cuisine de Provence Class

  • Thanks so much to all of you for a really fantastic evening. We all loved it and Anna told me it was the best birthday she ever had! It was such fun and also really great recipes which we are already planned to try again over the Easter weekend. We definitely want to do some more cooking with you – either in one of your regular classes or in our own group so we will be in touch.

    Ruth Nussbaum, private Wok and Roll class for family

  • Thank you so much for sending the recipes. I have really had a fantastic time yesterday with you and Sophie, it was my first time baking ever so it means a lot to me! Thanks again for such a wonderful evening!

    Sonia Zhang, Easy Patisserie Class

  • Thank you for the excellent photos which make a wonderful momento of a fun occasion. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I certainly was most impressed to walk back into the kitchen after you had left to find the place spotless and chairs back!  To be a hostess and not be involved in the catering and cleaning up was a real treat.

    Claire Drazin, private pudding class for a hen party

  • I really enjoyed the evening and will certainly be having a go at the dishes.  Please pass on my thanks to Sophie and all her team for making us so welcome and for all the help and tips they gave us on the night.

    Dorothy Hendy, Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli Class

  • Thank you all for a fabulous entertaining and thoroughly tasteful evening.  It was fabulous and I have already spotted online the pasta gadget I will buy this weekend. Please can you kindly give my special thanks to Sophie for a really lovely evening.  I will certainly join you for another evening again soon.

    Veronica Munro, Summer Pasta Class

  • I don’t know where to begin to thank you for today. We all enjoyed it so much, it was fun, informative, we picked up many tips and we are now inspired to try the recipes again.  Sophie – many thanks for sharing your expertise with us, we wondered if we would feel inadequate working beside you, you showed such patience, you are a natural teacher and we are in awe of you. We all hope to arrange another cookery session in the not too distant future.

    Wendy Beasley, private Full English class