Feather and Fur

Small Game Butchery & Cookery

Join us in our woodland kitchen for a day spent learning how to butcher and cook a selection of seasonal wild game.

Learn how to pluck, draw and butcher feathered small wild game such as pigeons, pheasants or duck or skin and joint small game like rabbits and squirrels.

 

Surrounded by the crackle and pop of our fires, we’ll guide you through the ancient skill of creating and cooking over an open fire in a relaxed and informative environment beneath the trees.

 

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. With this course, we aim to restore this ancient skill and demonstrate how an outdoor feast tastes far better cooked over the flames.

 

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, introducing you to the tasty morsels that nature’s larder has to offer.

 

After a restorative cuppa, we will then turn our attention to the main business of the day; skinning and butchering our seasonal game. Using the whole animal from nose to tail and showing you how to reduce waste getting the most from the animal, we will talk through multiple ways of preparing each cut, stocks and sauces and the best ways to store your meat.

You will learn to build, light and control your fire, which you’ll take responsibility for throughout the day. 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, using your new skills to create a magnificent wild game feast.

 

The focus of all of our courses is showing you the incredible potential seasonal and local ingredients have in your outdoor kitchen, as well as how to incorporate new techniques into your everyday cooking. Our courses are designed to be informative yet relaxed. For us, cooking over fire is not just about cooking a delicious meal, but spending time in the great outdoors.

 

Whether you’re flying solo or joining us with friends and family, all of our workshops are centred around enjoying the fruits of your labour throughout the day – expect to head home smelling of wood smoke, with plenty of food and fire in your bellies. At the end of the day, we’ll send you home with our Fire Cookery Guide and Recipe Pack.

Corporate Away Days & Team Building
wild game cookery course

What's Included

£175 pp (incl. VAT)

What We Cover

SMALL GROUPS

Maximum 12 guests per course

HANDS-ON 

LEARNING

Get stuck in and learn to cook 4-5 dishes

EXPERT EQUIPMENT

Our courses are all taught on the Country Fire Kitchen Hanging Frames

EXPERIENCED

TUTORS

Led by our Head Chef, Christian

SEASONAL

& LOCAL

Championing local, seasonal ingredients

Learn on top of the range fire cookery equipment.

New for 2022, all of our fire cookery courses are taught on Country Fire Kitchen Hanging Frames – incredibly versatile with loads of scope for cooking over the flames.

 

We also feature a number of other great bits of kit, including ceramic charcoal grills (we use Big Green Egg), pizza ovens (we use Gozney Roccbox) and Kadai Fire Bowls.

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Our Customer Reviews

"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."
James M.
"Thoroughly enjoyed our game 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!"
Penny W.
"A wonderful experience and worth every penny. It’s a lovely position in the Surrey Hills! 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."
Paul S.

About Us

Sustainably minded cooks dedicated to curating unique Feasts Over Fire and Cookery Workshops

The Salt Box is a celebration of seasonal food and open-fire cookery through the coming together of people beneath the trees, creating delicious food from nature’s humble ingredients. We celebrate locally sourced and wild ingredients through our wide range of courses and dining events, in the great outdoors surrounded by crackling fires.