On a mission to
simplify sourdough.

On a mission to simplify sourdough.

to South Downs

An artisan bakery school nestled in the South Downs National Park, established by Mark Horner in 2018.

Based in Cheriton
just outside Winchester, Hampshire

Discover how to make delicious sourdough using traditional methods, enhancing the natural flavours of the flour.

You will learn about sourdough starters, techniques for kneading, proving, shaping, baking and much more. 

Courses are practical, fun and informative. You will leave with the confidence and skills to consistently produce delicious, nutritious sourdough breads from your own kitchen.

time to learn

Join an expertly led and great value sourdough baking classes:

  • Taste, smell and experience the entire process
  • Bake wheat and rye loaves
  • Create your own starter
  • Prepare sourdough pizza to enjoy for lunch
  • Take home the product of your efforts: two loaves, a pizza dough, your own starter and some South Downs Sourdough starter



the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.

Sourdough starters comprise two ingredients, flour and water.

Choose the best flour, combine it with water, allow fermentation to develop the natural (good) bacteria and wild yeasts.

Thank you so much
for a wonderful day
Feeling relaxed, refreshed
and knowledgeable.
A very special experience expertly led.