Big Green Egg Group Class Joining Instructions

Class times

Arrival time for the class is 10am with the class starting at 10:15am. Bacon sandwiches and tea and coffee will be served on arrival between 10am and 10:15am.  The class will finish about 5:30pm. Sometimes we may run beyond 5:30pm. 

Location and getting here

Meat Smoke Fire HQ is in the garden of my house. We’re located approximately 1 mile from the A14 north of Cambridge on the main road (B1049) through the village. Coming from the A14, drive for approximately 1 mile and the house is about 50m after the war memorial on the left. Our neighbours are number 72 so don’t be fooled by this. Your sat nav will probably direct you about 100m past our house.  

26 Water Lane
Histon
Cambridge
CB24 9LR 

Tel: 07446 960303

When you arrive just ring the doorbell by the front door, don’t worry if you’re early.

If you’re coming by train and taxi then go to Cambridge station. A taxi from there is about £15. Whilst Cambridge North Station is closer, there isn’t a taxi rank.

What to wear

The majority of the class will take place outside. Therefore please bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. It’s much better to have extra layers with you and not need them than to feel cold for the whole day. Not all of the BBQ area is covered so please make sure your have a waterproof should the weather be inclement.

Please make sure you wear sensible shoes for cooking, no high heels and no open toed sandals. You will be standing for a lot of the day so make sure you wear something comfortable.

I will provide everyone with aprons to keep yourself clean. 

If it’s going to be sunny please bring suncream, the BBQ area is a bit of a sun trap. Don’t forget sunglasses and feel free to bring a camera.

Parking

There is ample parking for 6+ cars on the drive. Please park sensibly with three cars on the left-hand side and two on the right. The last one there can block everyone else in. Parking on the verge is also fine.

Food and refreshments

The class will start with bacon sandwiches cooked either on the Big Green Egg or the OFYR. 

Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available throughout the day. You can just help yourself to these. 

We will be eating what we cook and there will be salads to go with the lunchtime cook. Be prepared to graze your way through the day. Bring a cool box to take home any leftovers.

COVID Guidance

We are starting classes with effect from Friday 6 August 2021 and want to ensure everyone’s safety.  In line with current government guidance, we have put the following measures in place and will update them as appropriate.

We will be taking regular lateral flow tests. On arrival, you will be asked to confirm that you have no covid symptoms and that you have not been in contact with anyone displaying any covid symptoms or who have tested positive for covid in the last 48 hours.  The main symptoms of covid are:
  • a high temperature - this means that you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal
The majority of the class will be spent outdoors and we will try to allow as much social distancing as possible.  A maximum of two people share a BGE.  We may spend a short period of time inside for some teaching and food preparation.
 
There are hand washing facilities in the garden, with soap, hand sanitiser, and disposable paper towels.  There are also handwashing facilities in the kitchen, which is just very close to the garden.
 
We will remind you to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and gloves will be available.  You are welcome to bring your own face coverings.
 
Toilet facilities are located close to the front door and can be accessed via the kitchen.  These facilities are for the sole use of MSF customers and not for our use during classes.  The toilet will be thoroughly cleaned prior to each class.
 
Access to MSF is through a gate to the left of the house and this takes you straight into the garden.
 
The majority of the class will be held outside, whatever the weather so please come prepared.  We will not cancel classes due to the weather unless it is very extreme.
 
All equipment, crockery/cutlery/glassware will be cleaned in a hot wash, in a dishwasher, wherever possible.

Local Accommodation

 

Histon is a small village about 3 miles from the centre of Cambridge. There are too many options in Cambridge to list. However in the village we have:

 

  • The Red Lion pub – this has some external accommodation at the back of the garden. The pub is a 5 minute walk from Meat Smoke Fire HQ. It’s a very traditional pub with great beers but standard pub food.
  • The Holiday Inn – this is by the A14 next to a fishing lake. It’s under a mile from Meat Smoke Fire HQ, off the same village road. At the moment there is work being carried out widening the A14. The hotel has a restaurant, pool and gym.

 

Outside the village but within easy reach:

 

  • Crown and Punchbowl, Horningsea – just a couple of junctions along the A14, this is a lovely pub/restaurant. They also have accommodation. The food is very good.
  • The Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon – they have accommodation and the food is excellent. 

 

Of course there are many B&B’s available and I can recommend using AirB&B to book them. I use the service all the time for work and pleasure trips. If you follow and book through this link you’ll make a saving on your first booking – book on AirB&B.

 

Local places to eat if you’re staying

 

We’re blessed with a lot of good food locally. Highlights for me are:

 

  • The Boot – This brasserie and pub is just 5 mins from Meat Smoke Fire HQ. It’s part of the White Group, owned by Raymond Blanc. The food is good and reasonable. It’s one of the best places to eat in the village.
  • The Pint Shop – a fab restaurant in Cambridge City centre specialising is great beer and good food. They have Big Green Eggs that get used in the summer time evenings.
  • Crown and Punchbowl, Horningsea – just a couple of junctions along the A14, this is a lovely pub/restaurant. They also have accommodation. The food is very good.
  • Midsummer House – If you really want to push the boat out then this 2 star Michelin is worth a visit, I’ve eaten there. Daniel Clifford is the executive chef and is no stranger to the Big Green Egg, I think he owns at least 7. It’s expensive though, my 10 course lunch for 2 people with matched wines was £440.