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Vivien Lloyd

Vivien Lloyd has 25 years’ experience of making, judging and demonstrating preserves. She tests all her recipes in her beautiful Somerset kitchen, using locally-sourced produce, often from her own orchard.  She is passionate about her craft and is a keen advocate of traditional preserve making. Over the years, she has won many competitions for preserves at both local and national levels. In 2008 she won “Best of the Best” at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival and in 2012 Vivien won Fortnum and Mason’s Chutney Challenge.

September 2019

Chutney making course

Autumn Preserves

Autumn is traditionally the time to preserve all the bounty of summer and the harvest, and store up some delicious treats for the wintry month ahead – and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing on this Autumn Preserves Course, using delicious authentic recipes. Skills • Selecting and preparing the best ingredients • Slow cooking and keeping it simple • How to remove scum • How to test for a set • How to test for pectin • How to test…

Course date: 29th September 2019

Price per person: £150

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


November 2019


Edible Gifts Course

The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit – join us for a lovely cosy day in the Vale House Kitchen classroom, making delicious seasonal delights for your friends and family. On this Edible Gifts Course you'll go home with some fabulous ready-made gifts and plenty of recipe ideas and inspiration! Skills • Baking biscuits and pies • Bottling and storing liqueurs • Packaging gifts • Potting preserves and safe storage • Preparing ingredients • Selecting and safe use…

Course date: 9th November 2019

Price per person: £150

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


January 2020


Marmalade Making Course

There’s nothing quite like hot buttered toast topped with gorgeously tangy marmalade – and if you’ve only ever tasted supermarket versions, you’ll be blown away by the difference between that and the proper homemade stuff. Join us on this Marmalade Making Course with expert Vivien Lloyd, winner of multiple high-profile awards for her marmalade recipes. Skills • Shredding peel • Simmering and boiling ingredients • Selecting the best Seville oranges • Testing for pectin • Identifying setting point • Selecting…

Course date: 26th January 2020

Price per person: £150

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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