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Established in 2005, the Manna from Devon Cooking School and Bed and Breakfast is run by Holly and David Jones.

We teach cooking skills to small groups in the relaxed environment of our Victorian home overlooking the beautiful River Dart in South Devon. We also have two beautiful bed and breakfast rooms.

Why Choose Manna from Devon Cooking School

– You’ll find us relaxed, friendly and we’ll make you feel very much at home.

– Our school looks across the beautiful River Dart in the heart of South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

– Our small classes mean you get hands on practice and the group learns collaboratively together, not on individual work stations.

– We use the best ingredients from local suppliers with whom we have worked for over 10 years.

– We are experts in our own fields of cooking, especially wood fired ovens, bread making and fish cookery.

– We travel regularly to develop our own skills and find new recipes which we pass on to you along with tales of our travels.

– Our aim is always to build confidence and extend your skills, whatever your level of cooking.

– Don’t take our word for it. Read our reviews on Trip Advisor:

Manna from Devon on TripAdvisor

And here’s our latest review from David and Elizabeth who came to be with us all the way from Tasmania! –

“We found Manna from Devon on the internet. Our primary focus was a course to learn more about cooking in a woodfired oven. Such courses, apart from the 2-3 hour type aimed at tourists, are thin on the ground. While there are quite a few in the USA, Australia doesn’t seem to have anything serious and even Italy, which would have been our first choice, doesn’t have much in this specialised area as far as we could determine.

The website was very informative and probably most importantly, believable. When you are sourcing woodfired oven schools you don’t start out thinking Devon! So initially there was a credibility hump to get over and the website achieved that. We really had the confidence after doing some research that David and Holly knew what they were about. We try and visit Europe each year, so it was relatively easy to plan our annual holiday around the two courses. It was very convenient to have the breadmaking and wood oven courses on successive weekends. When we started talking with Holly at the end of 2016 she hadn’t yet finalised their programme, so was able to accommodate us when we explained what we were interested in.

The booking process was very easy. The website is easy to use and together with email correspondence it all went smoothly.

Our expectations were high and they were exceeded. Both courses were everything we hoped and we learned so much. The style of instruction is good and it was a very friendly and congenial atmosphere. David is so relaxed cooking three or four dishes at once in two wood fired ovens that it inspires you. Holly prepared ingredients, sauces and dips, drinks and bottomless teas and coffees, and cooked wonderful pastry-based dishes in the ovens. Her easygoing attitude was embodied in her comment “What can go wrong? It’s only cooking!” It was a bonus staying in their very comfortable accommodation, and we enjoyed our time with them, both in and out of school. Dartmouth is delightful and has many good restaurants, although we weren’t very hungry on the second weekend after eating all the food that was cooked.

We would recommend Manna from Devon to anyone who has a genuine interest in cooking good food particularly in a wood fired oven. David and Holly appear to have a huge repertoire and I doubt there is anything they can’t cook – and they make you believe you can, too.

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wood fired oven


Our classes will help you to use your wonderfully versatile oven to its full extent.

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Artisan Bread

Bread Making

Join one of our bread classes and you'll get to grips with the whole process of baking excellence.

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Fabulous Fish

For our very popular fish class we take a wide selection of fresh, local seafood and learn to prepare it from scratch

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Join us in Spain

Week long cooking holidays in Andalucia

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He Party at Manna from Devon

Group bookings

We have created great foodie experiences for families, friends, corporate groups, hen parties. book clubs and many more.

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#nofilters !

Cook with us in France

A fabulous and relaxed week of foodie exploration in the northern Dordogne

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At Manna from Devon we run cooking classes which inspire and educate while building skills and confidence. The small number of students attending our cooking courses (typically a maximum of 10 people) means we can create a relaxed environment and allow everyone maximum hands on time.

We love the idea that our cooking school allows people to come together and share ideas and learn almost as much from each other as from us.  Our informal classes deliberately encourage the sharing of ideas, knowledge and experience.

We have small groups at the cooking school – from 6 to 10 people normally; classes are informal and a mixture of collaborative hands-on and teaching. We don’t see why you would pay a load of cash to sit in rows with 50 other people to watch a chef talk. Cooking together and learning from each other in a smaller group is much more fun in our world!


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