Posted on September 23, 2011
We are just a few days away from the arrival of our new Advanced Diploma students who will be embarking on a year of baking, butchery and cheesemaking. The new students will be joining a flourishing artisan food and drink community here on the Welbeck Estate and we thought we'd provide you with a tour...
Monday 26 September is the first day of term and we're all set to welcome the students to our home at Welbeck. We'd also like to introduce you to some of our fellow neighbours on the estate...
First point of call on this whistle-stop tour is the Welbeck Bakehouse - an artisan bakery with beautiful (and massive) wood-fired ovens. The Bakehouse is located in the same building as us and provided the inspiration for the School. It was during the development of the bakery that the need for a new style of training around food production became clear, and so the School was born.
Stichelton Dairy is the next calling point on this amble around Welbeck. Stichelton is an unpasteurised blue cheese produced by cheesemaker Joe Schneider in partnership with Randolph Hodgson of Neal’s Yard Dairy and the Estate.
Using organic, raw cow’s milk from the dairy herd at Collingthwaite Farm once you taste Stichelton it soon becomes clear why the cheese has won so many accolades and awards.
Next up is the Welbeck Abbey Brewery. Conveniently located just across the road from the School, the recently opened brewery produces beers made purely with Welbeck water, malted barley, hops, and their own fresh yeast. Beers are available in the Welbeck Farm Shop as well as a growing number of real ale pubs across the region.
TheWelbeck Farm Shop is where you need to be heading for Bakehouse breads, Stichelton cheese and meat sourced from local farms. Named as one of the country's top 50 farm shops it's also a mecca for anyone with a sweet tooth and offers hand-crafted chocolates courtesy of Boutique Aromatique.
No tour of Welbeck is complete without a trip to the Harley Gallery. Providing exhibition space for contemporary artists, a packed programme of events and workshops as well as a craft shop bursting with unique pieces of art, the gallery is a must visit. And, if all that isn't enough, just across from the gallery is the Lime House Cafe - without a doubt the perfect place for a delicious piece of home-made cake!
There's lots more happening at Welbeck and we promise to tell you more in the not too distant future! In the meantime, as we look forward to the arrival of our new students, we want to hear of any memorable visits you’ve had to the School and the Estate…