Cooking over Fire

Cooking over Fire Workshop

Wild Venison Cookery And Butchery Course The Salt Box Surrey
foraging, wild food, foraging walk, the salt box

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 22nd February 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Monday 13th April 2020 (Easter Monday) | 10am – 4pm

Sunday 14th June 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Thursday 17th September 2020 | 10am – 4pm


Join us for a day in the woods celebrating cooking over fire in the great outdoors.

Learn how to tame the fire and create delicious meals in a relaxed and informative environment surrounded by the crackle and pop of fires with like minded people.


Release your inner woodsman or woman with an Introduction to Cooking Over Fire. Join us in our private woodland glen on the Priory Farm Estate to learn the ancient skill of creating and cooking over an open fire.


At The Salt Box, each and every menu, supper or event is centred around the flames. Whether it’s cooking our food, warming our guests or simply providing light for us to work by, we are never far from a fire. And yet the skill of creating fire has been lost to the convenience of lighters, matches and an ever-more-sophisticated range of camping gear! With this course, we aim to restore this ancient skill and demonstrate how an outdoor feast tastes far better cooked over a crackling fire.


Our food-filled adventure starts with a foraging walk up to our woodland glen, gathering a selection of wild ingredients on our way. We will give you tips on how to identify seasonal hedgerow edibles, highlighting the tasty morsels that nature’s larder has to offer. Depending on the season and the (ever-changeable) Great British weather, you may want to bring wellies to change into and a good waterproof is recommended.


After a restorative cuppa in our woodland kitchen (equipped with a large shelter in case of particularly uncooperative weather!), we will then turn our attention to the main business of the day; lighting our fires. You will learn to build, light and control the fire. We will guide you in your wood selection and teach you to spark your flame by demonstrating multiple methods.


Fires crackling and curiosity sparked, we will then introduce you to a medley of different cooking methods, including the spit roast, the Dutch oven, wooden planks, skillets, grilling and hot smoking. Keen to pass on methods that are safe for the environment and for yourselves, we will give you tips on to sustainably source your firewood and also advise you on how to practice your new skill as safely as possible.


Following an introduction to butchery featuring the finest in locally sourced game and fish, it will be time for you to get cooking, using your new skills to create a magnificent lunchtime feast. And what better place to lunch than under our woodland canopy, surrounded by the snap, crackle and pop of the fires?


Expect to head home smelling of wood smoke, with plenty of food and fire in your bellies. We’ll send you an email recipe pack so that you can get started at home straight away.


The Woods
The Salt Box
Priory Farm Estate, Sandy Lane
South Nutfield
RH1 4EJ, Surrey

What’s Included

Tea/coffee & refreshments throughout the day


Cookery Workshop

3 course lunch

E-mail recipe pack

All ingredients, equipment and apron will be provided.

What we cover:

  • Traditional fire lighting using flint and steel.
  • Fire management and the different ways to use your fire to cook delicious meals.
  • Knife safety.
  • Wood selection and uses.
  • Different methods for cooking over fire – spit roasts, dutch oven cooking, wooden planks, skillets, grilling, hot smoking
  • Introduction to butchery and preparation of fur, feather and fin depending on the seasons.


We can cater for coeliac and dairy-free diets. Please note we have limited capability to cater for all dietary requirements without advance warning, due to the set menu nature of our events. We cannot always provide alternative options, therefore please let us know about anything relevant prior to booking your tickets, a minimum of 7 days prior to the event. Please refer to our FAQs for further detail.

The course content is subject to change.

Please Note

  • This event takes place in our woodland glen.
  • Full refunds are available up to 14 days prior to the event.
  • Instructions on how to find us and where to park, will be sent to you at least 72 hours prior to the event via email.


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Thoroughly enjoyed our butchery and wood fired cooking day. Wonderful setting, glorious food (sustainable and appreciated), professional set up and relaxed company, very knowledgeable .... just really loved every minute. Thank you.
fire lighting, char cloth, tinder
Illustration of wild mushrooms