A NEW cooking school has opened in Lechlade.

Master baker Max Abbott, from Sourdough Revolution's high street shop, has invited bread enthusiasts to his brand-new bakery studio to learn the tricks of the trade.

The modern studio is located in a listed building across the road from the shop next to its working bakery - in The Malthouse, Shelley's Close - and has been in the pipeline for years.

Mr Abbott will be hosting three to four classes a week which usually accommodate around six students but it can be set up for larger parties. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Master baker Max Abbott preparing a pizza in the new cooking studioMaster baker Max Abbott preparing a pizza in the new cooking studio (Image: Sourdough Revolution)

Students can opt for a sourdough masterclass, or learn how to make the perfect artisan pizza in the light and airy space which overlooks the Thames.

Mr Abbott first discovered his passion for making bread whilst working at the Thyme Restaurant in Southrop.

During his time there someone from the Michelin Guide asked who made the bread and said Mr Abbott should open his own bakery. 

The self-taught baker began Sourdough Revolution in his garage in 2015 with just one temperamental oven and quickly expanded into the Lechlade High Street premises.

His delicious loaves can also be found at Jeremy Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm Shop in Chipping Norton and in Burford Garden Centre.

The baker decided to start cooking classes as a way to expand the business without diluting its value or local impact.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: One of Max Abbott's first in person classes in the new cooking studioOne of Max Abbott's first in person classes in the new cooking studio (Image: Sourdough Revolution)

Mr Abbott said: "Sourdough Revolution has always been about making real, good bread - good for the body, for the environment, and for the community.

"With our school, we’re able to expand without cutting corners on quality, and invite those who share our values to discover the secrets of the trade.

"The school is an extension right next to our working bakery, so the students get to immersed in the action but with a dedicated learning place.

"It’s bright, full of natural light and overlooks the beautiful Thames.

"The facilities are modern and new, but still rustic and farmhouse style so it’s very comfortable."

In person classes start at £95 per person. 

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