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Have a look at what just a few of our visitors to Smoky Jo's have said about their experience. (There are more on the blog!)

" ... thank you for such a fantastic time last weekend we are still buzzing from it!
We have assembled our cold smoker and are really going for it today....butter, olives, cheese, nuts and salmon... "  Lisa. F July 2016

" ... huge thanks for yesterday. I had a great time and your passion for smoking is really contagious. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and learned so much.  My family have since tried the goodies I brought home and want me smoking at home ASAP."   Paul A. June 2016

" We had a brilliant and marvelous fun and informative course this last weekend; wouldn't have changed a thing about it. People great, food amazing, accommodation unexpectedly delightful, so very glad we came. Congratulations on a top quality event in every possible way. For anyone who enjoys food whether or not they intend to smoke, just to absorb the facts and taste the tastes its a heavenly course. Make a weekend of it or incorporate it in a holiday break. So good to meet you Jo and Georgina. ITS A MUST DO course..... " Von, March 2015 on our Facebook Page

"Once again thanks for a wonderful weekend. We both really enjoyed it, I was amazed how much I enjoyed the fishing too!" Claire, June 2015

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for such a wonderful day on Wednesday at The Wild Boar. I thought the course was excellent and enjoyed the day immensely. You are both so passionate about smoking food and i hope that some of that passion will been seen in my smoked food very soon! Pearl and i thought the evening meal was amazing we have never eaten so much wonderful food in one evening." Arthur & Pearl, May 2015

"It is just over a year since I went on your fantastic course which firmly set the wheels in motion as soon as I got back home.  I thought you might like a wee look to see what your pupils are up to....  Believe it or not, I actually opened on the 16th April.  Been a very hectic few weeks – what a difference a year makes. !!  It is very different smoking for friends and family to a commercial set up!" Andrew, April 2015

"Thank you both so much for all the effort and enthusiasm that you put into the course last weekend to make it such a success. It was most enjoyable, the ideal way to learn. We have only been back for a day but so far I have cleared out an area of a tool shed and moved all smoking items in there, located cast iron piping and assembled most other items needed for a permanent hot/cold smoking set up. Will be in action before the weekend with luck and will send you a photo of the set-up when it is finished. Once again thank you for your inspiring course, I will keep in touch." - David, April 2014

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for a fabulous weekend at the ‘Castle Court Smokehouse’.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the course.  I cannot help but think that the world of commercial smoking has lost out, but that the knowledge and experience that you are willing to share on your courses is a delight and privilege to all who attend.

- Andrew, April 2014

"Thanks for a great day out - we all really enjoyed it. Richard couldn't wait to use the cameron smoker and, in his enthusiasm, smoked us out of house and home! (think he'll be a bit quicker to turn the gas down next time . . . and maybe not overload it by filling it with chops, sausages AND peppers!)"

- Charlie, April 2014

"Thank you so much for this last weekend at the Wild Boar, it was fantastic.  Can't wait to start smoking at home."

- Russ, March 2014

"Many thanks for a very enjoyable smoking weekend. Really informative, tasty and fun couple of days! Great hosts and the group was good company. Thanks again and I have already recommended the course to family and friends!"
- Tim, June 2013

"First of all, thanks for a great weekend. It was a lot of fun with a pretty good bunch of people and it was good to meet both of you. And you were right (of course) about our palates being a tad overloaded yesterday; we've just had the chicken with pasta, some pancetta and a bit of parmesan... Blimey, but it was good! I can see a busy weekend coming up playing with my new [smoking] toys."

- Martyn, June 2013

"I so enjoyed the course and the information and the company. THANK YOU BOTH." Sue, May 2013

"Hi Both - many thanks for a great day on Monday - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have just got back to Suffolk and consumed the food we prepared - lovely." Erin & Mark, May 2013

"Well since being on you course a few weeks back I have gone smoking crazy
and making everyone try smoked eggs! Thanks again for such a great course,
my cold smoked salmon is now so much better!" Dave, April 2013

" Hi Jo and Georgie, Just to say what a fantastic weekend we had on the course. Superbly presented, well paced and with those all important practical elements to reinforce the food smoking theory." - Kent Hill, (29/10/12)

I could not have given my wife, Felicity, a better present than your course. She found it inspirational, entertaining & delivered in a professional expert manner. In a nutshell she really enjoyed herself. Thank you both. -Frankie Vendittelli (19/09/12)

"...the combination of your blog and your more recent facebook page, you probably have the most concise and interesting selection of smoking articles on the web for the UK and Europe (if not globally). " - From a thank you from Dave... (28/7/12)

Good afternoon, Following from that magnificent weekend in Feb at the Wild Boar I have been smoking with style and aplomb no less. Friends bow like I have the power of an alchemists. - John Lee (17/08/12)

Hi Jo and George!

Thanks again for a wonderful weekend. It was great to meet you both and have so much fun learning 'how to smoke'. Thanks for all the photos, what a lovely reminder of it all. We used the Aga top smoker tonight for tea with salmon! Tasted good, but I think I left them 'curing' a little too long as the salmon was a bit salty! But that's the fun of trying, I'll reduce the time next time!

Thanks again, Love from Cerys & Alistair (16/7/12)

Dear Jo and Georgina, Just a note to say thank you for a wonderful day. The course was amazing, I haven't stopped talking about it yet!!! I will let you know how I get on with my smokers and forward some photos. Loved the accommodation and your hospitality is second to none. Once again thank you both. Best wishes Pete and Lorraine Chapman  (7/7/12)

Megan bought her husband a gift voucher...

"Dear Jo and Georgie,
A huge thank you for the smoking course yesterday which proved to be a very successful Christmas present. Ian enjoyed every moment and learnt so much. He was very impressed with your professionalism and has already requested the book* for his birthday!
We wish you continuing success.
Kind regards

* Our book - "Smoking Food at Home with Smoky Jo" is now available!

Bec and Rich came to The Wild Boar for her Smoky Jo experience...

"We had a great weekend at the Wild Boar with Georgie and Jo. The course wasn't too technical or stuffy just great fun, common sense stuff with amazing food - all made on the day in the cold smoker and hot smoker. We leant how to cure food and how easy it is to cold smoke virtually anything. Cheese, chocolate, fish meat, and many left with the idea of trying to smoke pineapple and peaches. I would definitely recommend the course to all foodies. Georgie and Jo are a great double act and full of knowledge. Chef at the Wild Boar did amazing things with our smoked food on the Saturday night, there was plenty of wine and 11 happy people. Thank you so much for a great weekend. "

This "review" was written on our Facebook page - March 2012

Jenny Cutler came on a course in June and wrote a wonderful piece about us in her blog.

"I don’t get much time in my hurried life to do this sort of thing... but I just wanted to let you both know what a thoroughly enjoyable day I had with you this week on my Smoking course.

You both made it so much fun and best of all the food was FANTASTIC.

Having known absolutely nothing before I came I really felt I picked up a lot on the day. I will now torture the family with my incessant ‘experimenting’ here on in.!!!!

Thanks again.... and keep up the fab work!" - Luke Evdemon June 2011


Thank you for a super course, you are both inspirational people with a great ability to put your subject over."   - Eunice Finney Feb 2011

"Thank you for an absolutely wonderful day.  We both said later that it was one of the best times we have had for along time" 

- Mark & Tricia, October 2010

It was a great weekend-one which we will not forget, especially the fishing!

Helen & Peter Robins

A wonderful and enjoyable day - we have learnt so much.  Innovative and imaginative and very inspiring - Thank you.

Julie White & Nick Platt

What fantastic fun.  We had a wonderful weekend doing the things we enjoy best - food, wine, excellent company, learning, great surroundings.  Complete smoking novices - you made us feel at ease and were great fun. Thanks guys!

Rachael & Mark Fellows


Fantastic experience, fantastic hosts, fantastic company - made more fantastic by amazing food!

Andy Brown

Perfect in every way - thank you so much for a wonderful, fun and informative day - sausages here we come!

Piers Day

Thanks for a great time over the weekend, as I said to Wendy this morning life as we know it can pass us by in a haze,yet every now and again it is punctated by an event that weaves its self into the very fabric of our being. Our time with you will stay with us a lot longer than the smoke. Thanks again  :)

Nigel and Wendy

Thanks for the course last week – we had a ball, learnt loads  and will be getting ready now we are home to start smoking!

Fiona and Mike

Many thanks to you both for a really good weekend;  learning something new, tasty food, lots of laughs and a great atmosphere.

Bridget Gibson

Huge thanks to you both for generous hospitality, information, enjoyment and sheer delight of the one day course yesterday. Jill also sends her thanks for having me and sending me home with a splendid goody bag...

Pete White

Many thanks for a great course yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the course, the wit, your knowledge and the amazing food.

Glen Rankin

This course was the best birthday present I have ever had!

Philip Jefferson

Excellent course, Glorious day, Enthusiastic knowledgeable people, what more can I say ?

I now have two of the books recommended on the course notes, although they are very detailed, they cannot start to the replace the hands-on experience of the course.
Highly recommended.

Colin Turner

A very educational and entertaining day, thank you. 

Hayley Tooke

I would just like to say thank you very much for a fantastic day last week, along with the gorgeous food you cooked and supplied us! I found the course extremely useful and easy to follow and have since been smoking myself.

Mark Turner

Thank you for a great day on Thursday, I really enjoyed it, and everyone loved the taster’s I brought home – especially the sausages and brie!

Lorraine Russell

Just a very short note to thank you both for a most entertaining and informative day. What a delightful learning experience and venue.

Mike Davies

We had an excellent weekend, I learnt lots.  The food, accommodation & views were perfect.

A great big Thank You!

Bev Whittle

Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring day. It has been the best birthday present I have received!

Jamie Farrer


"You have a winning formula, its been a really special day".

Mary McSweeney


"Thank you very much for a really enjoyable day. The tuition and organisation were excellent, the environment perfect and the company and food brilliant".

Sue Duncan

"Ellie and had a wonderful time on the course. It's so rare to look forward to something as much as I was and then have it actually live up to and exceed your expectations. I know Ellie felt the same. We enjoyed your company and the setting as well as the course - as well of course as the chickens and the peacock and not forgetting the wonderful Freddie".

Dot Campbell

"Couldn't wait to tell you how much I enjoyed today's smoking course.    I had a huge expectation ever since being given a voucher as a present, your letter giving details for finding Castle Court and explaining what I needed to bring - basically nothing except a sense of humor - added to the anticipation.  

With all of that, it would have been all too easy to be disappointed.   In the event that wasn't what happened.   Quite the reverse in fact as the day exceeded all my expectations.   The company was great, the organisation and course content were perfect and the results - the food in enormous variety - was delicious.  

After all that, it seems lame simply to say 'Thank you' but I do most sincerely.    I was delighted with my children for buying the voucher and you made it all even better". 

Brian Bostock


"A very big thank you for the lovely, interesting and informative day we spent with you last weekend on your food smoking course.

The lunch was superb and it was marvelous that you tailor-made the whole course to our needs.

We have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone wishing to learn more about the art of food-smoking".

Marie and Dennis Buttery

"Even though I have been smoking fish for a number of years, I learnt a lot  and had so much fun doing it.

I certainly recommend the course to anyone who enjoys good food and good company"

Shelley Riddell


"Fantastic, great fun, really interesting and informative.  I like the fact that everything we did at Smoky Jo's I can do at home. It was great to sit down at the end of the day and taste everything we had smoked."

Patricia Irving

"We cannot thank you enough for a wonderful fun filled, educational and stimulating course. We learnt so much and in the process had a fantastic time.

We would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in smoking food, you made the experience easy and enjoyable, and your hospitality was first rate".

Anne Bopoola



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Ooh it smells wonderful!

Sitting in the sun at the end of a day's smoking

Anne with her first fish caught at Bessy Beck trout fishery.