British Baking Retreat

British Baking Retreat

Photo by Yuki Sugiura

 

London and Lancashire, England
October 21–October 27, 2020

$7,500 single occupancy
$6,500 double occupancy
$8,500 baking participant plus-one
$500 hotel add-on for Saturday, October 24 (limited availability)

You asked, and we listened! This October, we are heading across the pond so you can learn classic British recipes firsthand from the winners of The Great British Bake Off and other British baking experts. This week-long trip will begin and end in London, with travel to the picturesque English countryside to visit John Whaite at his cookery school in Lancashire. We promise it will be a lovely, jubbly time.

Please note all 16 spots of this baking retreat must be filled by September 1 for the retreat to take place. Don’t wait! Register today.

What’s Included
  • Hotel accommodations in London and Lancashire
  • Breakfast daily at hotel in London and Lancashire
  • Private coach transfers to/from all retreat activities and to Lancashire
  • All baking classes at Leiths School of Food and Wine, John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School, and guided tour of Borough Market
  • Welcome wine reception in London, afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel, dinner at John Whaite’s in Lancashire, closing wine reception at The Milestone Hotel, lunch at Leiths School of Food and Wine
What’s Not Included
  • Airfare/travel to London
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals
What’s Included
  • Hotel accommodations in London and Lancashire
  • Breakfast daily at hotel in London and Lancashire
  • Private coach transfers to/from all retreat activities and to Lancashire
  • All baking classes at Leiths School of Food and Wine, John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School, and guided tour of Borough Market
  • Welcome wine reception in London, afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel, dinner at John Whaite’s in Lancashire, closing wine reception at The Milestone Hotel, lunch at Leiths School of Food and Wine
What’s Not Included
  • Airfare/travel to London
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals
What’s Included
  • Hotel accommodations in London and Lancashire
  • Breakfast daily at hotel in London and Lancashire
  • Private coach transfers to/from Lancashire
  • Welcome wine reception in London, afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel, dinner at John Whaite’s in Lancashire, closing wine reception at The Milestone Hotel
What’s Not Included
  • Airfare/travel to London
  • Airport transfers
  • Baking classes and tour of Borough Market
  • Some meals

Have a question about this baking retreat? Contact us.

Reserve Your Space

Wednesday, October 21
Arrive in London and get settled into The Milestone Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel known for its British style and charm. The hotel is located in the Kensington neighborhood, adjacent to Kensington Palace and Gardens and close to the Royal Albert Hall. We’ll have an early evening wine reception at the hotel so you can meet our editor-in-chief, Brian Hart Hoffman, and your fellow bakers. Dinner will be on your own with our list of top restaurants to try while you’re in London.

Thursday, October 22
Day 1 at Leiths School of Food and Wine. Edd Kimber, cookbook author and the winner of the first season of The Great British Bake Off, will start the day of hands-on baking with his traditional English scones and then share some of his favorite recipes for modern takes on British pudding (what the British call dessert!). Lunch, tea, and coffee will be provided at the school, and class will run from 10 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from the cookery school.

Friday, October 23
Day 2 at Leiths School of Food and Wine. The chef instructors at Leiths will lead a day of baking classic British recipes, from Chelsea buns to Yorkshire pudding. Lunch, tea, and coffee will be provided at the school, and class will run from 10 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from the cookery school.

Saturday, October 24
Edd Kimber will guide us on an exclusive tour through the famed Borough Market, London’s oldest food market, where we will visit Bread Ahead Bakery, taste cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy, and have plenty of time for shopping. Then we’ll head back to The Milestone Hotel for afternoon tea with a very special guest. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from Borough Market.

Sunday, October 25
Enjoy morning free time before we head to rural Lancashire in a private coach to meet our friend John Whaite. John is the winner of the third season of The Great British Bake Off, a cookbook author, and runs John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School. We’ll wind through tiny Tudor villages and picturesque landscapes before we check into the cozy Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa. In the evening, we’ll have a very special dinner at John’s family’s home, which is adjacent the cookery school on Tunley Lane.  

Monday, October 26
One group will head to John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School for a hands-on afternoon tea baking class that will feature Victoria sponge, Battenberg cake, tartlets, and more while the other group can enjoy spa amenities at the hotel or partake in an optional field trip to explore the beautiful English countryside. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from the cookery school and for the optional field trip.

Tuesday, October 27
One group will head to John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School for a hands-on afternoon tea baking class that will feature Victoria sponge, Battenberg cake, tartlets, and more while the other group can enjoy spa amenities at the hotel or partake in an optional field trip to explore the beautiful English countryside. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from the cookery school and for the optional field trip.

In the late afternoon, the entire group will head back to London via private coach, where we will check back into The Milestone Hotel and gather for an evening wine reception to toast an amazing week of baking together.

Wednesday, October 28
Departures at the time of your choosing. No retreat programming is scheduled.

Photo courtesy Leiths School of Food and Wine
Photo by Yuki Sugiura
Photo by Yuki Sugiura
Photo by Yuki Sugiura

 

Accommodations in London
Located in the Kensington neighborhood of London, adjacent to Kensington Palace and Gardens and close to the Royal Albert Hall, The Milestone Hotel is a five-star historic hotel that’s steeped in British style and charm. Each room features fine fabrics, fresh flowers, antique furnishings, and rare artworks.

We have a limited number of rooms available for the evening of Saturday, October 24, if you plan to arrive in London a day early. To include one of these rooms in your package, place “hotel add-on for Saturday, October 24” in your cart for checkout. This does include breakfast.

We will do our best to arrange for double-occupancy rooms with two beds, but due to the uniqueness of the hotels where we will be staying, we cannot guarantee separate beds. If there are not two beds, guests will be provided with two sets of linens on one bed.

Accommodations in Lancashire
The cozy Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa is conveniently located about five minutes from John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School.

We will do our best to arrange for double-occupancy rooms with two beds, but due to the uniqueness of the hotels where we will be staying, we cannot guarantee separate beds. If there are not two beds, guests will be provided with two sets of linens on one bed.

Who You’ll Meet
Brian Hart Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Bake from Scratch magazine
Edd Kimber, cookbook author and winner of season one of The Great British Bake Off
John Whaite, cookbook author and winner of season three of The Great British Bake Off

Booking
The full price of the trip (100%) is due at booking. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Amazon Pay. Trip prices are in US dollars.

Travel to and from London
Guests are responsible for getting themselves to London and to The Milestone Hotel on Wednesday, October 21, when the retreat commences. Guests will be responsible for getting themselves from The Milestone Hotel to the airport or their next destination on Wednesday, October 28. Heathrow Airport is much closer to the city center than Gatwick Airport, but please check transportation costs to The Milestone Hotel for more information.

Costs
The price of the trip includes all hotel accommodations, private coach transfers to/from all retreat activities, all baking classes and workshops, and some meals.

Single- and double-occupancy rates are available, as well as a baking participant plus-one package.

Since the trip is nonrefundable, we suggest buying trip insurance through a company like Travelex. You can also check with your credit card company to see if they provide travel insurance.

If you don’t purchase travel insurance, you agree to indemnify us against any charges that might otherwise be covered by your insurance. You further agree that we are not responsible for any costs of cancellation by you.

Your credit card will be charged by Hoffman Media, the parent company of Bake from Scratch.

Cancellation
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if fewer than 16 participants have signed up by September 1, 2020. We will send an email confirmation to all participants when this number has been met. If Bake from Scratch initiates the cancellation, we will refund all payments.

Have a question about this baking retreat? Contact us.

Photo by The Milestone Hotel
Photo by The Milestone Hotel
Photo by Yuki Sugiura
Photo by Yuki Sugiura

 

Can I extend my stay at The Milestone Hotel?
We have a limited number of rooms available for the evening of Saturday, May 9, if you plan to arrive in London a day early. To include one of those rooms in your package, place “hotel add-on for Saturday, October 24” in your cart for checkout.

Is breakfast included?
This retreat package includes daily breakfast at the London and Lancashire hotels.

Are children able to attend this retreat?
All participants must be 18 years old or older to attend this baking retreat.

What should I plan to wear at the cookery schools?
Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back. Aprons will be provided.

Are the baking classes hands-on?
Yes, all baking classes will be hands-on in professional cookery school kitchens.

If I book a double-occupancy package, will the hotel room have two beds?
We will do our best to arrange for double-occupancy rooms with two beds, but due to the uniqueness of the hotels where we will be staying, we cannot guarantee separate beds. If there are not two beds, guests will be provided with two sets of linens on one bed.

Is transportation around London and Lancashire included?
Transportation in a private coach will be provided to all scheduled retreat activities. Pickup and drop-off will be from The Milestone Hotel in London and from The Wrightington Hotel, Health Club & Spa in Lancashire. Guests will be responsible for their own arrival and departure transportation to and from The Milestone Hotel in London. Guests will also be responsible for any transportation deviations they choose to make during the retreat.

I want to bring my travel companion, but they don’t want to participate in the baking classes. What can they do?
We offer a baking participant plus-one package for this very reason! This package allows you to bake and participate in all retreat activities while your travel companion explores London and Lancashire on their own. As a part of this package, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, transportation with group to Lancashire, welcome reception, afternoon tea, evening wine reception, and dinner at John Whaite’s in Lancashire are included for your plus-one companion.

Is this retreat better suited for professionals or home bakers?
Our retreats are geared for passionate home bakers, but professionals are always welcome.

What will the weather be like in London in May?
On average, highs in May will be in the 60s (Fahrenheit), with cooler nights. It’s always a good idea to have a rain jacket handy.

What will we be baking?
We are working with our partners on an incredible British baking curriculum, but you can expect to bake everything from classic British scones to Victoria sponge, Battenberg cake, Chelsea buns, and more.

Will we have any free time in London?
You will have some afternoon free time in London to explore on your own. And we will equip you with our list of favorite bakeries and shopping neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy Leiths School of Food and Wine

Reserve Your Space