Off-grid dining will be wild at Burghley

Fine dining with a wild twist is heading to a secret outdoor location within the ancient parkland surrounding grand Elizabethan country home, Burghley House, this summer.

For the first time, the Lincolnshire estate will be the venue for an off-grid outdoor dining and foraging experience, where small groups of diners will enjoy a chef-table service featuring local produce and foraged ingredients cooked over fire using wild wood.

With views over the sweeping landscape surrounding Burghley House, groups of 25 will be able to tuck into a one-of-a-kind culinary journey with a five-course tasting menu created by chef and modern-day hunter-gatherer Mark Andrews.

After working in the music industry in London, he turned explorer, forager and chef, before forming Fire & Wild in 2017, hosting off-grid outdoor dining events and developing a style of cooking heavily influenced by the use of fire as well as the landscapes, habitats and wildlife of forests.

Over three evenings, from 17 to 19 August, Fire & Wild will be bringing their intimate al fresco dining to Lincolnshire, with a menu designed especially for Burghley.

Dishes will focus on native wild plants, fungi, fish and game with guests able to choose between a standard meat menu or alternative vegetarian option, while a signature wild cocktail will be served on arrival followed by selected wines paired to each dish.

Guests will hear the story of how every dish on the menu is brought to life, and then watch each course being prepared on the wood fired oven, hot smoker and directly over the hot coals and flames of the grill.

And for those who want to dig deeper into the Fire & Wild ethos and get hands-on experience in foraging and open fire cooking, a special one-off Masterclass will be held at Burghley with chef Mark Andrews on Sunday 20 August 2023.

Spending the day in the heart of the Burghley Estate, the immersive wild cooking experience will offer a chance to learn about preparing a feast with fire – and then tuck into the creations they make.

Tickets for the dining experience cost £180 per person, and include all food and drink, while the Masterclass costs £245 per person. Both must be pre-booked.

For full details, and to book online tickets, visit

Photos: Daisy Wingate-Saul