Bank Holidays –  the Wood-Fired Oven Way

Bank Holidays –  the Wood-Fired Oven Way

The August Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching and it’s the perfect excuse to fire up your Valoriani wood-fired oven and hold a Bank Holiday bash to remember, even if you only use your wood oven as a pizza oven!  Here are some tips of what you could do.

Wood-fired pizza party 

Informal and fun, a wood-fired pizza party is a great way to entertain both small and large groups, including children. 

Our Valoriani, artisan-built wood-fired pizza ovens help you create restaurant-quality pizza that will wow your guests, in the comfort of your own garden and outdoor space.  This is regardless of whether you opt for a built-in oven with bespoke surround, a wood-fired oven as part of an outdoor kitchen or a ready-to-go Fornino oven.

All the prep can be done before your guests arrive, meaning you can spend more time with them relaxing.  You can make your dough the morning of your party, or day before, and store it in the fridge until needed.  All of your pizza toppings can be created and be called into action whenever the time is right – popping them on to the pizza being great hands-on fun for any younger guests.

Our ovens are born entertainers but also love to interact with their audience, so get all of your guests involved with the cooking process, whatever their age!

Wood-fired romantic meal for two

A wood-fired oven’s versatility can really shine through during a quiet night in spent with a loved one.  All manner of delicious recipes can be created, from roast lamb and flamed rib-eye steak to Teriyaki salmon. The list is endless!  Enjoy a delicious meal in the oven prepared with love and uncork a wonderful bottle of wine to fan the flames of romance. Sit back and watch the sun set, on a truly relaxing bank holiday evening.

Wood-fired cooked tapas 

Another ‘easy win’ when entertaining larger groups has got to be tapas!  Fun, tasty and social, your guests will love having lots of smaller plates to pick and choose from and the list of dishes you can create in your wood-fired oven is vast.  Patatas Bravas, Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp), Chorizo al Vino and Pisto (a delicious Spanish vegetable stew with tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and fried eggs) are just some taste bud tickling choices.

If you really want to impress, you could bake your own bread in your wood-fired oven and have this accompany a simple Pan con Tomate (Spanish style grilled bread with tomato – full of delicious garlicky aromas!  Add cocktails and conversation for a fun evening, Spanish style! 

Wood-fired seafood night!

Our wood-fired ovens make cooking fish, shellfish and seafood so simple.  In fact, your guests will think you have invested hours in cooking their fish dish.  The heat-hugging artisan-built brick surround of our dome ovens, cooks fish to perfection and you need do very little to turn out an exquisite fishy menu delight.

We love this lemony, garlic, wood-fired shellfish recipe by one of our clients, Jamie Oliver –

Why not give it a try?

 Wood-fired dessert night

For those with a sweet tooth, there’s every excuse to create your very own dessert night for friends and family.  There’s no need to use a Valoriani wood-fired oven for savoury dishes only, as it’s perfectly capable of turning out indulgent sweet treats aplenty.

From salted caramel and baked bananas, or maybe an apple galette, to warm chocolate brownies baked in a skillet and topped with vanilla ice cream, your recipes can really hit the sweet spot in one of our wood-fired ovens.  Let your imagination run wild and we’re sure all your ‘clan’ will return for more!

Entertaining with a wood-fired oven

Whether it’s for thrilling friends, family or neighbours, a wood-fired oven provides one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to cook and entertain – a true culinary experience to enjoy to the full, whether you’re an amateur, wannabe Masterchef contestant or pro.

If you would like to discuss how to incorporate an artisan-built Valoriani oven into your home kitchen, garden or outdoor kitchen, creating a dream entertaining space at home, call us on 01772 250000 or email

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