Home from home cookery school comes to busy market town

Learning the tasty way - Sarah Clark (left) of Hawes, with Clari and Jo Hodgson and Elizabeth Fawcett.

By Betsy Everett

Following the success of her Humble Pie bakery, café and deli in the centre of Askrigg, Elizabeth Fawcett is breaking new ground, transferring the brand to her very own cookery school, just four miles down the road in the market town of Hawes.

Offering full-day, half-day, evening and tailor-made sessions to suit all ages and abilities, the Humble Pie Cookery Kitchen will open officially on Monday, and already the bookings are rolling in.

“Hawes is such a lovely town, with lots of independent shops, pubs, cafés and businesses and I’m really looking forward to being part of that culture for the first time,” says Elizabeth, who has lived in Wensleydale since she was nine.#

She ran the Askrigg venture for five years from 1999, and for another two years with youngest daughter, Betty, from 2017, but nobody predicted how busy it would become.

Takeaway meals, cakes, scones, quiches, soups, salads and pastries poured forth from the tiny kitchen as cyclists, walkers, day-trippers and locals took advantage of the huge range of home-cooked, local food.

With a dedicated staff, they even provided an impromptu home-delivery service for elderly residents in Askrigg who couldn’t get out through infirmity, bad weather or just bad luck.

“We loved it. It was a wonderful time but it was exhausting. This new venture is a way of helping people produce what we produced, and giving them a real sense of achievement,” said Elizabeth, who attributes her love of good food to her late mum, Margaret Baker, whose family meals cooked on the Aga at their home in Stalling Busk, were legendary.

All the ingredients for the cookery school, situated over Bear Cottage Interiors at the west end of Hawes Market Place, will be locally-sourced wherever possible, as they were when she started out more than 20 years ago.

A full day’s tuition from 10am to 4.30pm starts with coffee, fresh scones and – Elizabeth’s stock-in-trade – a good chat, continues with lunch, and ends with tea, cake and more chat, and a two-course dinner for two to take home.

It costs £100. A half-day, 9.30am to 1.30pm, is £60 and includes welcoming coffee and scones (again) and ends with a light lunch – and more chat. The prices include all ingredients.

At the open day on Saturday one visitor suggested a short course for men who live alone, who have previously depended on wives or partners for meals, and who would welcome the company as well as the learning experience.

“I’m open to ideas, and can make the sessions very flexible to suit everyone,” says Elizabeth, who has produced 10 cookery sessions for the BBC’s Countryfile series, and an illustrated recipe book inspired by the programme, Rambler’s

Rewards –  Cooking from Coast to Coast, with her friend Pat Kirkbride.

See www.humblepieyorkshire.co.uk or contact info@humblepieyorkshire.co.uk for details of all courses and to book.

Visitors at the cookery school open day.

1 Comment

  1. What an excellent concept Elizabeth Fawcett is offering. I have previously made Humble Pie at Askrigg a must visit whenever in The Dale as I was aware her food is of such high quality. I know her excellence will be carried over to her new venture. I will be purchasing this cookery course as a present for several of my family this year. That’s a gift problem solved.

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