Bill has been running food smoking courses for more than twenty years

The Guardian newspaper included our course in the 'World's Top 15 Foodie Courses', one of only three in the UK

The Sunday Times wrote of 'Staggeringly lovely fare' on one of our courses

Our two-day course includes

How to build a smoker

How to brine and cure first, meat, cheese and some vegetables

Eating unusually good food!

The cost is £250 with a partner paying £220 - we believe the knowledge is better shared between two people

Price includes top quality produce to eat and to take home

Sukie shares recipies to make the most of the delicious smoked ingredients

The smoked haddock souffle with spinach from the garden and a lemon and bronze fennel sauce will never be forgotten!

The smoking course makes an ideal gift

We smoke salmon, trout, mackerel, sprats, sardines and various white fish

Cheese, eggs and garlic are also smoked

Much of the meat we smoke is raised on our croft

It includes pork for sausages, bacon and ham plus locally sourced venison including sausages


Bill & Sukie Barber  01450 373 424  billandsukie@gmail.com

Priestrig Croft, by Hawick TD9 7NT

We are now offering accommodation in our own self catering cottage Fiddle Hill Cottage.

  Why not come to stay for a weekend of supreme comfort in this 'very special place', with a smoking course with Bill or even cookery course with Sukie former ‘Rural Chef of the Year’, winner of Flavour of Scotland from VisitScotland and a Restaurant of the Year from the Good Food Guide. Sukie was also a trainer for the Natural Cooking of Scotland and won the Taste of Scotland Lamb Challenge.

"I booked the Smoking Course as a Christmas present for my husband.   He really enjoyed everything about the 2 days we spent with Sukie and Bill and I am so glad I booked myself a space too.   We both learned so much.  Bill has such a wealth of experience and shares his knowledge in a very informal and friendly manner.   There was plenty opportunity to participate and share stories with other attendees.    Sukie's home cooked food is truly amazing.  We had an absolute feast over the 2 days.    So much food but so good it is impossible to resist!    We would highly recommend this course.  It was a delightful experience getting to know a wonderful couple who made us feel so welcome."

Grace and Ron of Highland Ridge Larder, West Linton