How to travel the world…from the comfort of your garden

Foreign travel looking unlikely this summer? Not to worry – you can take your tastebuds on a tour round the world with our outdoor dining options.

From a journey through the Med to a trip to the States, you don’t need to dust off your passport to enjoy these culinary hotspots. With our al fresco dining options, it’s never been easier to fire up the grill and show off your worldly cooking skills.

So, book off that annual leave, unwind in your own back garden, and enjoy a taste of your favourite holiday destination…

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Enjoy a slice of Italy at home

Whether it’s a romantic trip to Rome or a sightseeing in Sorrento, the tasty food is one of the most memorable parts of any visit to Italy. But if your trip to Italy has been called off – or you’d rather stay put this year – it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the world-famous cuisine at home.

In traditional Italian trattorias, chefs rustle up mouth-watering pizzas in seconds by flashing dough under a pizza stove. And to recreate that authentic crisp yet doughy taste at home, all you need is an outdoor pizza oven.

From woodfired ovens to gas stoves, here’s some of our best-selling pizza ovens…

Ooni Karu 12 Wood and Charcoal Fired Portable Pizza Oven

Lightweight and portable, this nifty pizza oven is a firm favourite. You can cook authentic woodfired pizza in just 60 seconds – so you can feed the whole extended family in a matter of minutes! And whether you prefer the smoky flavours from wood or charcoal, or rather keep it simple with gas, it’s up to you. It’s easy to add an optional gas burner to your portable oven for a smoother taste.

Ooni Koda 16 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

Thanks to Ooni, pizza parties just got easy with this powerful gas-fired outdoor oven. With plenty of space for a hefty 16-inch pizza, you can feed everyone in one big hit. With an adjustable heat dial and instant ignition, you can make your perfect pizza in no time.

DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven Complete Collection

The DeliVita oven and set gives you absolutely everything you need to make a classic Neapolitan-style pizza. And with it’s sleek and compact design, it’s the ideal option for smaller gardens or balconies.

Grill up some Greek goodness

Lamb and tzatziki kebabs. Pittas stuffed with grilled chicken and feta. Grilled halloumi…

Oops, I got a little carried away dreaming of all the wonderful Greek (and Cypriot) food you could cook at home. If an all-inclusive resort in the middle of the Aegean is off the cards, Greek cuisine is one of the simplest foods you can recreate on the grill.

And with the beer barrel grill from Tramontina (below), it’s super affordable, too. With the lightweight and easy-to-wheel model BBQ coming in at just under £80, you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy a mouthwateringly tasty summer.

Just skewer some peppers, marinate some chicken or lamb, and get cooking. So even if that Greek villa needs to wait till next year, you can enjoy all the wonderful flavours at home. It’s much cheaper!

Tramontina Beer Barrel BBQ Grill

Take a trip to India with a taste of Tandoori

Us Brits love a bit of Indian food. And while a Vindaloo isn’t exactly ideal for a scorching summer’s day, some traditional Tandoori-style grilled meat makes for the perfect barbecue addition. And what’s more, it’s super simple to make on the grill.

Instead of using a traditional Tandoor oven, you can easily recreate the taste with a charcoal oven. Simply marinate some chicken and fire up the coals; make sure you leave one side of the grill without coals so it stays a little cooler.

Place your chicken on the higher heat for a couple of minutes, before moving it to the cooler side to slowly cook for around half an hour – serve with Naan and mango chutney for the perfect taste of India!

And with the digital grill and smoker by Masterbuilt, it couldn’t be simpler. You can control the grill from your phone and allow this savvy BBQ to do all the hard work. With it’s slow smoking function, it’s easy to get that Tandoori taste.

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Fire up the gas for a taste of the States

Take a trip stateside and fire up the gas barbecue. With a high-stacked burger, hot dogs, and steaks, you can really get into the American spirit. Think big, bold, and calorie-overload – the diet can start tomorrow!

Gas-fired barbecues are ideal for US-inspired food. With adjustable heat dials, you can get those steaks just how you like them. The Lugano barbecue by Outdoor Chef (below) offers powerful outdoor cooking.

As your burgers are grilled to perfection without the need for flipping, hosting a BBQ becomes effortless – there’s no worries if you need to leave the meat unattended to grab another beer. And from 0 to 360 degrees in just 10 minutes, your guests won’t get hungry while you cook!

Once you’re full up with all that flawlessly-grilled meat, why not try your hand at some baseball or shoot some hoops for the real US experience?

Outdoor Chef Lugano 570G Gas Barbecue

Go on a journey this summer with Cuckooland

Fancy taking your taste buds on a journey this summer? Or want to enjoy five-star comfort from your own garden?

Whatever your summer has in store, you can make the most out of a staycation at home with our garden range. Head over to our outdoor BBQ options or garden furniture to get started. Or if you need a helping hand with your BBQ choices give us a call on +44 (0) 1305 231 231 or ping us an email.


With more than 8 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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