Happy Bread Angels finishing the course

Happy Bread Angels finishing the course click to enlarge

Bread Angel Lisa taking her passion to India

Bread Angel Lisa taking her passion to India click to enlarge

Canadian Bread Angel!

Canadian Bread Angel! click to enlarge

Wow!  What a loaf!

Wow! What a loaf! click to enlarge

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Below please find a sample of lovely comments

"This enjoyable, stimulating course really hit the spot for me with comprehensive, practical information on setting up a micro bakery business, and a great deal of useful advice and shared experience in creating bread that will sell to different customers.  I returned home raring to go. Perhaps the best accolade I could give the trainer, Gaye Whitwam, is that my micro bakery, Everybread, was trading less that four months later.  Gaye has been a terrific support since the course, continuing to share her knowledge and experience and put me in touch with others who can help.  This is not only a teaching programme, it is the entry into a supportive network of fellow micro bakers."

Iain Every, Everybread.


"The Bread Making for Beginners Course on Saturday given by Lucie Steele and Birch Cottage Bread was perfect. It was pitched at just the right level for me. I found your explanations and demonstrations easy to follow.

I couldn’t believe the levels of success we all experienced in such a s short space of time thanks to your excellent coaching.  I appreciated you incorporating the lactose-free option into the day and of course the preparation of the delicious lunch. By the way, the soda bread made with oat-milk and lemon juice worked well. I ate a quarter of it with a bowl of soup. It was tasty and so simple to make.  

Many thanks to both you and Matt for your hospitality. It was such an enjoyable day for me. I’ll definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues."

- Diane, London

"Tom here, I came on one of your Sourdough bread courses a few weeks back. I just wanted to get in touch and say how amazing Lucy was, and what an incredible day I had.  The whole set-up was amazing, from your beautiful house to the delicious lunch to the meticulously well planned out day - all along with Lucy's expert but never condescending and wonderfully friendly guidance!"

- Tom Chalet, London

"I have now attended two Virtuous Bread courses - one for Sourdough and then the Bread Angel Course. Both have lived up to every expectation. Jane was warm and welcoming and made us all feel immediately at ease.

I learnt a huge amount on both courses without being maxed out by too much information. The course was a really good mix of practical, study, good fun and muscle building kneading! Jane is the Goddess of Bread and I am now so inspired I hope to join the ranks of the Bread Angels and start making my own small difference to UK bread. Virtuous Bread is virtuous in every sense and this is the best way to learn more about bread and how to make it."

- Lucie Steele, Hermitage, Berkshire

"The Bread Angel course was a real surprise to me. From a simple curiosity bread making moved into a real interest and now I am a bread fanatic! Jane's enthusiasm is dangerously contagious. Her passion for bread sticks to you like the dough sticks to your hands: very difficult to get rid of! The course format is very conducive and extremely friendly. Pity it does not last longer!

Jane is very knowledgeable and supportive and makes everything look doable and easy even for people with no manual dexterity like me. For the first time in my life I was looking forward to doing my homework and having a great time doing it. It is also the only "hobby" of mine that my family has wholeheartedly welcomed and embraced.

My friends are very happy too . The only problem I have found is the limited size of my oven! I have the feeling that a further touch of Jane's enthusiasm will make me solve that problem too."

- Giuliano Gregorio, London

"Gaye, you'll be so proud of me! I just spent the afternoon @ the bi-annual farmers' market at my school. I made 60 (yes 60!) loaves. 12 each of sandwich white, cheese and pumpkin, granary and cranberry, seeded wholemeal and pesto olive bread and I sold every single one of them for £3 each!

I was up way before the dawn so bone weary now but a massive sense of achievement too. Thanks for all your knowledge and encouraging words on the course. I've done it! I AM A BAKER!!!"

- Tizzy Rose, Stratford upon Avon