Cooking on Fire

11th July 2024

/ 4 hr

Class Description

Join chef and outdoor cookery tutor, Robin Popham for inspiration on cooking with fire.


This class will embrace what cooking over fire truly has to offer, FLAVOUR! You won’t find heavy marinades, thick rich sauces or extravagant ingredients, masking the flavour but learn the delights of what this method of cooking has to offer – fire, char and smoke.


A little forethought and preparation goes a long way when cooking over fire, so Robin will spend a little time teaching you how to plan before exploring the joys of using indirect, direct and contact heat with a selection of recipes showcasing the flavour each method brings.

You will also learn how to build and maintain a fire, control the heat and use every part of a fire, even
the coals and embers! With a little practice and patience cooking over fire is every bit as controllable and flexible as using a conventional kitchen.


A charred salad of carrot & spring onion with smoked cider dressing

Fireside slaw of fennel, lettuce and radish

Blistered vegetable pickle of radish, broad beans and kohlrabi


Pigeon skewers with a blistered tomato salsa
Venison kofta with charred courgette yoghurt dip


Charred flatbreads
Smoked garlic aioli


Blistered berries with honey and smoked cream


Lunch included

A feast will be created on the fire to share outside in the beautiful Honesty Cookery School grounds, all accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine. The joy of our venue is its flexibility – if the weather proves to be inclement we have the option of working in our undercover area and retreating to the cookery school to eat.




All abilities welcome

Class size

/ 4 hr

What to expect
  • On arrival you will be met by the cookery school staff and offered refreshments whilst you sign in and meet the other participants.
  • Class sizes are small to offer a hands-on learning experience. Occasionally we may ask you to work as a pair or as part of a group.
  • All ingredients and equipment are provided, including aprons.
  • Refreshments will be available during the course, including a glass of wine if your course includes a meal.
  • All cookery courses include a recipe pack to take home, which can also be sent to you digitally.
  • Course times are approximate and may sometimes run beyond the end time advertised.
Important Information
  • Allergies and Dietary Requirements: Some classes are able to cater for specific dietary requirements but not all, please let us know of any allergies at the time of booking.
  • Disabled access – we welcome people of all abilities onto our courses. However please be aware we have a gravel car park and a few steps to negotiate to get into the cookery school. We don’t have access to a disabled toilet.
  • Gifts: If you are booking the class as a gift, please ask the recipient to get in touch directly to inform us of any allergies ahead of the class by emailing:


  • Booking for others: Please make sure that all email correspondence is forwarded on to gift recipients and others you have booked for to ensure that they have received full instructions.


  • Sustainability: Some of our classes may have leftover food for you to take home.  In the interests of sustainability please ensure you bring containers with you.


  • Safety and Hygiene: In the interests of safety and hygiene we request that closed in shoes are worn and hair is tied back whilst cooking.
Where is this located?
  • Honesty Cookery School
  • The Barn, North Sydmonton House
  • North Sydmonton
  • Hampshire
  • RG20 4UL
  • UK

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11th July 2024

Cooking on Fire

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North Sydmonton House, The Barn, North Sydmonton, Newbury RG20 4UL
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The Barn, North Sydmonton House, North Sydmonton, Newbury RG20 4UL, UK


What is a Cook Together ticket?

Cook Together tickets allow an adult and a child between 10 – 18 years to book onto a course for a cheaper price. You will work together at the same workstation and produce enough food for you both to eat. This is part of our drive to encourage young people to enjoy cooking from scratch.

Can I book for a large group?

We have eight workstations and accommodate larger groups by working in pairs or small groups around each station. People often report they enjoy working in this way as it makes the event sociable and allows people to take a short break from the cooking as there are others to take over.

Who can attend these classes?

Most of our scheduled courses are for adults only. However, where you see a ‘Cook Together’ ticket offered then you can book for a place for a child over the age of 10 years with an adult.

It is also possible to book a bespoke course for children with an adult from the party remaining in charge of the group. Please make enquiries to

Do I need to be a confident cook?

We welcome people of all cooking experience and abilities. Our tutors will assess and adjust to your needs.

What if I have a food allergy or special dietary need?

Some of our courses can accommodate allergies and special dietary requirements however for others the replacement of one ingredient for another will not work. As there is such a range in what people require we request that you ask at the time of booking by emailing

What should I wear/bring with me?

All ingredients and equipment are provided, including aprons. For a cookery course we advise wearing layers as the cookery school can heat up once the ovens and hobs are on. Closed shoes are also requested for health and safety purposes and a band to tie back longer hair.

If you are attending a course that could be messy please adjust your clothing to take account of this.

We hope to make our courses as sustainable as possible and so request that customers bring containers to take home any food left over at the end of a course.


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