Beginner Sourdough with Tom Herbert


Working with sourdough can be a tricky skill to master, but with the help of fabulous baker brother Tom Herbert you’ll be baking award winning sourdough loaves in no time! On this beginner sourdough course, along with a bag of your tasty creations you’ll go away with all the skills you knead to get the perfect loaf every time.

Whether you’re completely new to sourdough, or want to learn the Hobbs House Bakery methods for baking amazing sourdough bread this course is the perfect place to get involved and get hands-on feedback.

We’ll be guiding you from choosing the right ingredients through to kneading and shaping the dough, to getting the right results in the oven.

Join us on this sourdough course today

We provide all equipment, including aprons here at the Hobbs House Bakery Cookery School, so all you need on the day is yourselves and a passion for bread making.

For full terms and conditions please read our FAQ.


Hobbs House Bakery
Phone: 01454 317525

39 High Street
Chipping Sodbury
Bristol BS37 6BA
United Kingdom

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Tom Herbert


Our School is located in the heart of Chipping Sodbury above the original Hobbs House Bakery and Butchery on the High Street.

School parking

There is free parking on the opposite side of the road from the Hobbs House Cookery School, places are limited or pay on the School side (max 2hrs stay).Alternatively there is a free 24hr Car park round the back of the school situated on Barnhill Road via Wickwar Road. Follow signs towards Waitrose and the car park can be found on the left hand side. The high street is a 2 minute walk through the link road.

Transport and taxis

The nearest train stations to Hobbs House School are Yate which is 1.7 miles and Bristol Parkway which is 6.6 miles. Chipping Sodbury Taxis are always at hand, 07891 190984.

Dietary requirements & food allergies

Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or dietary requirements so where possible, we can do our best to adapt any refreshments provided to your individual needs.

Access requirements

Our School classrooms are on the first and second floor – accessed by stairs only. If mobility is likely to be a problem, please let us know. We will also do our best to accommodate any physical impairments or learning difficulties – please contact us to discuss.


Should you be travelling from afar, the local area has a great selection of beautiful hotels and guest
houses to rest your weary head. We would recommend the Moda House Hotel or The Rounceval
House Hotel located on the High Street in Chipping Sodbury. Outside of Chipping Sodbury Calcot
Manor is a spa hotel located about 15 minutes from the school and the Cross Hands Hotel is a 5
minute drive from the cookery school.

39 High Street, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6BA

01454 321629


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