Our cookery courses

We curate, we cook, we talk, we teach

We invite you to come and cook with us in the woods in a relaxed atmosphere.

Choose from a variety of cookery courses, ranging from our full day cooking over fire sessions to our evening wild larder masterclasses, all taught by our experienced team.


All of our courses are centred around hands-on learning, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious meal shared with your fellow classmates around our shared dining tables. And what better place to feast than in our woodland glen or cosy barn?


Our courses are designed to be informative yet relaxed. Whether you’re flying solo, attending as a pair or part of a bigger group – we always keep our class sizes small, to give everyone plenty of one-on-one time. Attendees will be provided with course notes and recipes to recreate all of the dishes we cover, in the comfort of your own garden or in a conventional kitchen (if the British rain gets the better of you).


All of our courses are also available for private hire for private or corporate events.

our COVID-19 policy

The Salt Box is currently closed for face-to-face events, in line with the National Lockdown. When the time comes that the world starts to unfurl following lockdown, we will be rekindling our fires here at The Salt Box. 

In the meantime, we are taking bookings for feasts, courses and collaborations for March onwards. You can also browse our Online Shop, or join us on our Online Cooking Over Fire course. 

2021 Course calendar

We are gradually launching our 2021 calendar dates, starting with our Full Day Cookery courses.

We really hope to be able to release further tickets to all of our 2021 events, once we have a better indication of what ongoing COVID-19 restrictions may be in place for us all. For the meantime, if an event is showing as fully booked, please add your name to our Waiting List, and we’ll be sure to get in touch if any further tickets are made available


Adult cookery courses

We have lots of knowledge to share with you – whether that’s how to smoke fish in an old ammunition box in the embers of your fire, spit roast joints of meat until tender or sharpen those knives for seasonal butchery of the wild game larder.


From mastering the basic steps of fire lighting to learning how to manage your fires appropriately – with a little help from The Salt Box, you can master the art of cooking over fire. We also run a number of indoor courses, from pasta-making to pickling!

cooking over fire with the salt box


Cooking over an open fire is the oldest and most primitive method of cooking known to man and we are firm believers that everything tastes better cooked over an open flame!

Venison Butchery


Join us for a day in the woods celebrating wild venison. Our course covers butchery and cookery, honouring the whole animal from nose to tail with a delectable feast.


Learn how to pluck, draw, skin and joint a selection of seasonal small wild game, cooking up a feast over fire throughout the day in a relaxed and informative environment.


Sharing the secrets to making one of the most popular foods in the world, equipping you with the confidence and the skills to create delicious pasta at home.

Christian picking nettles for our wild italian cookery course


Immerse yourself in Italy’s culinary favourites with a twist, cooked over an open-fire and featuring seasonally and locally inspired British produce.

Fire and spice cookery course


Learn how to create insatiable plates of food seasoned with fire and spice on our half day course, surrounded by the crackle and pop of fire.


Join us beneath the trees as we celebrate the magic that happens when vegetables meet the flame.

jars of pickles at The Salt Box


Sharing our secrets to creating the perfect quick pickles combined with a seasonal feast, bringing your at-home pickling skills to the next level!



Learn the techniques and skills to extend nature’s bounty through the seasons and stock your shelves – pickling, lacto-fermenting and preserving.


Family cookery courses

Not all classrooms have four walls

Through our family courses, we provide a platform for adults and children to learn alongside one another. We want to let children be children, learning by exploring, facing challenges and experiencing the elements of the seasons.


We wholeheartedly believe that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child – not only providing them with an important life skill, but also helping develop maths and coordination skills – and encouraging adventurous eating.

Family Pasta Course


Join us for a fun, creative and educational hands-on workshop learning how to make pasta, perfect for you and your budding young chefs! Suitable for 5+.

Family Wild Things

wild things

Join us for a day of wild cookery, a seasonal feast, bushcraft and natural crafting, as well as a spot of mindfulness beneath the trees. For ages 5-9.

fire cookery

Join us for a family day of wild cookery beneath the trees, learning how to create an outdoor feast cooked over a crackling fire. Suitable for age 9+.

Family foraging, picking ground ivy

family forage
and feast

Explore the wonderful world of wild food with your family.

Come and join us as head out into the great outdoors for a foraging walk, followed by a woodland feast over fire.

Treat someone special to a unique Feast over Fire experience, by snapping up a Salt Box gift voucher, eligible towards any of our dining events, butchery, foraging and cookery courses.


Read what our guests have to say

Our customer testimonials

The wild venison butchering day was excellent. Totally absorbing and fascinating. Learning where your meat comes from is so important and makes you appreciate what's involved in all the preparation. Friendly atmosphere and lovely setting for the day - full belly by end of the day too with all the cooked venison! Just brilliant.
A wonderful experience and worth every penny. It’s a lovely position in the Surrey Hills and don’t worry if it rains as there is an open barn structure to work in and eat and it adds to the experience. The staff are great, they obviously know their stuff and their enthusiasm is addictive. You learn bushcraft as well as cooking over fire that you have made yourself (no matches!) and eating some fantastic food. We cooked pheasant, duck, and vegetables. Most of the ingredients are either wild or foraged locally and it really does feel that one is living off the land. We were there for a whole day event and the day just shot by with every minute being fun!
Introduction to cooking over fire
Thank you Beckie, Christian, Kat and Sarah, for a fabulous foraging and eating day on Saturday! Christian and Beckie’s menus, incorporating wild ingredients we collected - such as the tempura nettles with a hawthorn berry hot sauce, were both creative and innovative.
Thoroughly enjoyed venison butchery and wood fired cooking. Wonderful setting, glorious food (sustainable and appreciated), professional set up and relaxed company, very knowledgeable .... just really loved every minute. Thank you Christian and Beckie


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