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11th Anniversary Cookery Course

8th - 13th July

We have planned a very special week of cooking for Le Gargantua's 11th anniversary.

A wide selection of specialties have been lined up for our itinerary to celebrate not only our beautiful adventure here in our little kitchen, but French cuisine as a whole. We will have a lot of fun together covering bread making, croissants, some vegetarian cooking and petits-fours!

A whole day will be dedicated to each theme so we focus on each technique in a very relaxed manner. From baguettes to croissants, from ratatouille to aïoli, and a whole day dedicated to petits-fours complete with savoury appetisers and petits-gateaux! We will end our course with a nice get-together in the shade of the trees to share some bubbles and your beautiful party creations.

Le Gargantua | working with croissant pastry

We will also prepare some food gifts for you to take away, so you can prolong the celebration by sharing your creations with your loved ones back home.

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~ Pricing ~

  • 11th Anniversary Cookery Course €1290

    (Approx £1136)*

  • Non Cooking Guest ‎€660

    (Approx £587)*

  • *Exchange rate based on Google currency converter 15/10/2017

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11th Anniversary Course Itinerary :


Arrival from 4:00pm. You settle into your room and we meet up for drinks and canapés at 7.00pm to discuss our program.
Three-course dinner


We meet in the kitchen after breakfast at around 9:30am. You will learn how to make a basic versatile bread dough. We will cover 4 kinds of bread-based French classics: Fougasse, Flavoured bread loaf, Pissaladiere and the famous Baguettes. We will prepare our various toppings and fillings whilst the dough proofs and we will assemble our pissaladieres, which you will enjoy for lunch.

We meet up in the kitchen at to make baguettes, to bake the fougasse and the loaf, but also some delicious breadsticks

Aperitif at 7:00pm complete with Fougasse and breadsticks, followed by your well deserved three-course dinner.


After breakfast, we leave at 9:00am to go to town for a croissant & pains au chocolat tasting from 3 different bakeries, so we can point out the differences and I can explain to you the effects of the ingredients. We come back home to make our own, and to bake our baguettes for lunch, which you will enjoy with different cheeses and local goodies.

We meet up in the kitchen at 1:00pm. There will still be a little work to do on the croissants including resting times between foldings, and we will use that time to prepare some food gifts. Those will be for you to take home, to be shared with your loved ones. Finally we will shape our Croissants and pains au chocolat before letting them rest in the fridge overnight.

Aperitif at 7:00pm, followed by a delicious three-course dinner.


You will enjoy your own croissants and pains au chocolat for breakfast. We then leave at 9:30am to go to an authentic producers market. We will select our fruit and vegetables for our vegetarian cooking day. We come back for a tasty lunch.

We meet up in the kitchen at 1:00pm and start cooking our dinner. We will make an aïoli to be enjoyed as a dip with aperitifs. Our starter will be a savoury tart, our main course a traditional Ratatouille, and our dessert Peaches poached with saffron and served with a Basil Chantilly.

Aperitif at 7:00pm, followed by the beautiful summery three-course dinner you worked so hard for.


After breakfast, we meet in the kitchen at 9:30am. Our whole day will be spent creating tasty petits-fours, savoury and sweet. We will use different techniques to give you a good repertoire from which you will be able to create your own back home: mousses, tarts, biscuits, ...

We meet up in the kitchen after lunch at 1:00pm and finish off the last preparations and presentation.

Aperitif Dinatoire at 7:00pm: our last evening together will be an al fresco nibbles & drinks to enjoy the different petits-fours you have produced, with a selection of Local wines and bubbles


Sadly, we will have to say our goodbyes after breakfast. Drop off to Tonneins train station is at 8:00am.

~ All inclusive ~

Included in the price of your residential cooking holiday:

  • - Welcome drinks and canapés
  • - Accommodation (details on our accommodation page), depending on your choice of residential cooking holiday
  • - Linen and towels for the duration of your stay
  • - Coffee & English tea making facility in your room
  • - Continental breakfast every day (bread & croissants, fresh fruit, coffee, English tea, cereals, yogurts, home-made jams and local honey)
  • - Lunch every day
  • - House aperitif before dinner
  • - Three-course dinner every night
  • - Wine with lunch and dinner
  • - Cooking workshop, all ingredients, equipment and apron.
  • - Recipe folder to take home
  • - Water, tea, coffee and cold drinks throughout the day
  • - Outings, tasting and entrance fees
  • - Free WIFI connection
  • - Free use of our bikes for a ride in the countryside
  • - FREE collection & drop-off from/to Tonneins train station if needed when you book a residential course.

Children are more than welcome (they only have to be tall enough to reach the workbench) under their parent's supervision.

The courses take place from February to November, just enquire about the dates that suit you. If you would rather join an existing party, view our full booking page.