Bake on, Bake off

  • Posted on: 6 June 2016
  • By: dimwolf


Cringletie House offers chocolate lovers the chance to rub shoulders with UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks at her famous Cocoa Black Chocolate & Pastry School. In 2013, Ruth Hinks secured a top-5 finish for the UK ahead of the national Chocolate Masters from France, Belgium and Switzerland- the highest result by a UK pastry chef in international competition. The World Chocolate Masters is the leading international culinary competition for professional chocolatiers and pastry chefs.

Having reached the pinnacle of her profession, Ruth launched the Cocoa Black Chocolate & Pastry School in Peebles. Since its opening in 2009, the school has welcomed over 4000 students many of whom have travelled overseas to attend her courses. Past students include HRH Prince Edward who spent a morning making chocolate truffles with Ruth. The Chocolate & Pastry School is also proving very popular amongst the UK’s elite pastry chefs and includes Graham Hornigold (Executive Pastry Chef, Hakkasan) and Cherish Finden (Executive Pastry Chef, The Langham) as clients.

Guests may choose from a selection of classes from making chocolate bars to creating a chocolate showpiece and the best part is you get to take your creations home with you to share and enjoy. All levels of experience are welcome. With classes ranging from two hours (e.g. Make Your Own French Patisserie) to three days (e.g. Make Your Own Chocolate Showpiece), Ruth has created a syllabus which provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to working with chocolate and pastry. Whether you’re seeking to learn how to temper chocolate, bake the perfect tart shell or create a mirror smooth chocolate glaze, you will find a class to suit.

Residents at Cringletie attending a class will be entitled to a free taxi to the school, create and enjoy their personal Cocktail with or without chocolate and a Scottish cookbook to take home.


1] Select your Course

Classes should be booked directly on the Cocoa Black website and start from £50. Please secure your class before booking accommodation as there is high demand for this unique experience and we cannot guarantee a space will be available at short notice. For further information or to book a class visit

2] Select your Accommodation at Cringletie

Relax and look forward to a fantastic experience never to be forgotten.

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A chocolate lovers unique dream getaway