Welcome to the Cheeky Charlie Oven Company Ltd Press Office
Welcome to the Cheeky Charlie Oven Company Ltd Press Office
Meet Charlie. It's a BBQ, a smoker, a charcoal oven, and a pizza oven.
Goodbye BBQ. Hello Charlie Charcoal Oven. Luxury outdoor cooking, made easy. It’s an infinitely better way to cook outdoors, to cook with charcoal, to cook all year-round - and to be a design statement in your garden. It’s just as easy and relaxing to use as it is to sit and enjoy the food and company.
Charlie is a game-changing innovation in outdoor cooking. Inspired by charcoal ovens used by professional chefs. It cooks incredible-tasting food in an incredibly fuel-efficient way. Perfect to use all year round, with ease. From cooking low’n’slow at 100°c, to pizzas at 400°C. Or anything in between.
Charlie is made in Britain to cope with the British weather. With proper, professional-grade materials. Built to last and work in snow, rain, or shine. Built to be a pleasure to use and admire - and to bring the best out of you as cooks, hosts, parents, and friends.
With almost no effort: no need to stand over it, it cooks with the door shut.
In goes the food, Charlie creates the magic for you. Charlie makes you feel like a chef every time you cook. That’s why we call it - The Chef Maker.
Available in ten delicious colours and made in Britain to live and cook outdoors all year round. The Charlie Oven makes it effortless to create truly incredible flavours, whatever the food, whatever the occasion, whatever the season.
Charlie is the perfect size for outdoor kitchens and patios. It is roughly the same size as a tall kitchen unit at 70 cm in depth, 62 cm in width and 180 cm tall.
We're on a mission to transform the way people cook outdoors
Goodbye BBQ & ceramic eggs! Hello Charlie Oven!
The Charlie Oven is an entirely new way of cooking outside. It's a purchase for life. It's not like a BBQ made of light metal or ceramic, which cracks easily and is produced thousands of miles away. We believe in the dream of outdoor living. But not in the way that outdoor cooking has been done until now. Crouching over a smoky barbecue, constantly flipping and prodding, the food burnt on one side and raw on the other. Scurrying indoors every time there's the threat of rain. Food that is – all too often – something of a disappointment.
We've discovered a way of making it effortless for anyone. To be for every type of food – from seafood to bread to vegetables to ribs to roasts to fish to fruit to pizza. To take everything you cook to a level of flavour you thought you could never achieve at home. To be for every day of the year, from rain to shine to snow. And last – but not least – to be beautiful.
How it all began - A LOVE OF BREAD MAKING
We stumbled upon the idea during Lockdown. We'd bought a commercial charcoal oven so that we could make bread in an oven hotter than our domestic oven. I'm (Tara) a keen baker, and I was searching for the perfect crumb. That is the open-hole texture you get in lovely, light, airy bread. The oven made amazing bread!
During Lockdown, we cooked constantly. One day we bought some fantastic Seabream, mussels and prawns, and we decided to try our oven out to cook the food. We couldn't believe the results; it felt like we were at a Greek taverna by the sea! The smoky flavour was unreal! We couldn't believe how easy it was to use and how the flavour of charcoal came through so strongly in the food. It tasted like something we'd get in a restaurant, but we'd done it ourselves with minimal effort or skill! We tried many other foods with similar success. It was a surprise that something so great and used in professional kitchens hadn't made it to a version for home use.
What inspired the design look?
About four years ago, we redesigned our garden. We created a lovely dining area, a seating area with a fire pit and lots of attractive planting. The big dilemma we had was where to put our BBQ? It didn't match our beautiful garden, so we hid it behind a bush. We wanted Charlie to be a thing of beauty in the garden, a design feature people feel proud to display. And with the option of a beautiful colour palette to match their design.
Proudly manufactured by hand in Britain
We manufacture the Charlie Oven in Britain. We've designed it with the British weather in mind. With proper, professional-grade materials. Built to last and work in snow, rain, or shine.Our products are handmade with the use of bending and welding equipment. There is a lot of fine welding on each oven to make it airtight and create a smooth finish—all the hardware of milled solid stainless steel. The paintwork is done by hand as well to ensure the perfect finish.
Why call it Charlie?
We get asked this a lot. Where did the name come from? We wanted a name with personality that could be a name for a girl or boy. Charlie just felt right. It links to charcoal and charring ... and Tara's sister is called Charlotte!
We called the company Cheeky Charlie Oven Company Ltd. We have some cheeky plans for the future, so watch this space!
And our Charlie Oven rarely gets a day off.
From pizzas, sourdough bread, roast chicken, and salmon … to vegetables that the kids will actually eat. We want everyone to enjoy cooking in a Charlie Oven at home. For us, it's not about elaborate cooking techniques; it's a simple piece of kit to use, it's hassle-free, and it can cook lots of food at the same time.
Cheeky Charlie Oven Company Ltd
Cheeky Charlie Oven Company Ltd
The new smart way to cook outdoors in the garden.
Charlie Charcoal Oven.
Design Icon, BBQ, Pizza Oven and Smoker.
The innovation in luxury outdoor cooking takes food and entertaining to a whole new level.
It is inspired by the charcoal ovens that are the secret of top professional kitchens for the effortless creation of truly incredible flavours.
Whatever the occasion, whoever the company, whatever the food, whatever the season.
Powered by charcoal: a sustainable biofuel. And made in Britain - in ten striking colours to live and cook all year round outdoors.
A British innovation which makes outdoor cooking effortless, from pizza to BBQ grilling to smoking, all achieved with one multi-purpose outdoor oven. You can do it all in the Charlie Oven with ease. So say goodbye to standing over the BBQ or having multiple devices. Best of all, it’s incredibly fuel efficient. A little charcoal goes a long, long way in a Charlie Oven.
The Charlie Oven is a luxury outdoor oven.
Charlie epitomises luxury outdoor cooking. Charlie works as a pizza oven, a bbq grill and a smoker. It's big. A Charlie Oven has plenty of room to cook a whole meal at once or multiple pizzas in just three minutes.
Charlie is designed for the British weather and year-round cooking, not just on fine weather days.
Charlie is made by hand in Nottingham, using steel with ceramic insulation. A Charlie Oven is a purchase for life. Buy well, buy once.
We've created a way of making outdoor cooking brilliant and effortless for everyone. For every type of food – seafood, vegetables, ribs, roasts, fish, fruit, pizza, home-baked bread. Take everything you cook to a level of flavour you thought you could never achieve at home. And for every day of the year, from rain to shine to snow.
The Charlie Charcoal Oven is an excellent addition to any outdoor space, combining beauty and functionality.
Charlie is designed to look beautiful in the garden. It's a garden feature. With a range of beautifully curated colours, there is something for everyone, from the sophisticated Porcini (dark grey) to the vibrant and joyous Rhubarb inspired by Viva Magenta, Pantone's colour of the year. Charlie is a purchase for life. It's not like a BBQ made of light metal or ceramic, which cracks easily and is produced thousands of miles away. Charlie is a substantial, luxurious piece of kit. We wanted to ensure the quality and manufacture in small quantities. Designing and building in Britain is a mark of quality.
Compared to other outdoor cooking devices, the Charlie Charcoal Oven's larger cooking chamber is a unique feature that sets it apart. Many outdoor grills and ovens have limited cooking capacity, which can be frustrating for those who want to cook larger meals or experiment with new recipes.
Elevate flavour effortlessly.
Charlie does all the hard work with ease, so you don't have to stress or spend hours manning the barbecue.
Simplicity itself to light, Charlie gets up to 200°C in 20 minutes or 400°C in 30 minutes. From the moment you put the food in, Charlie will create the magic for you, with the food sealed in the cauldron of fire and smoke. Its front-opening door, heavy-duty construction and advanced thermal insulation mean it uses around 45% less fuel than an open grill.
One of the things people love about the oven is its ability to cook a whole meal at once. It takes all the mess out of the kitchen. The oven is big, and it has nine cooking positions in the freestanding version, which means you can add many things to cook at once.
Pizzas are a dream. Bake several at once; three pizzas on different shelves on pizza stones can cook in just three minutes. No turning; just shut the door and wait. As the oven is a closed unit, 375-400°C is more than enough. The heat directly from the stones and the indirect heat from the oven create the perfect environment for baking.
Smoking food is easy too. Just add a couple of chunks of wood to the charcoal, producing an authentic BBQ smokiness. Cold smoke or hot smoke at low temperatures with ease too.
Make Your Outdoor Oven a Garden Statement-Piece
With a Charlie Oven as a centrepiece, turn your garden into the hosting space of your dreams
There's something unique about the experience of cooking and eating outdoors with friends and loved ones, fresh air mingling with the smell of lovingly cooked food. Whether it's pizzas in summer with rosé wine or smoky roasts and mulled wine on a winter's evening, Charlie Ovens are designed knowing that eating outdoors is as much about a social experience as it is about great-tasting food.
Here are some of the ways a Charlie Oven can turn your garden into a hub of good food,
tasteful design, and a space for lasting memories.
Match any Colour Palette
With a wide and vibrant selection of colours, you can match your oven with the most eye-catching garden colour-schemes.
Choose from Turmeric Yellow, Saffron Orange, Porcini Grey, Truffle Grey, Beetroot Purple, Oregano Green, Blue Marlin, Black Peppercorn, Teal Duck, Green Chilli, or Rhubarb Red.
These colours (all food inspired, naturally!) can match your unique style, and instead of having to bend your garden design around hiding your cooking equipment, you can bring it to the fore! As much a part of the decor as the flowers — and just as colourful — you can pick whether your oven will burst with colour as a bold statement piece or seamlessly blend into a more neutral colour scheme.
Outdoor Cooking — The Whole Year Round
Conventional grills and barbecues are a bit like a brown bear: they come out in the spring, make an awful lot of mess and commotion, then have to go hibernate for the winter again!
Of course, like our ursine example, we have to worry ourselves with where we are going to hide our equipment for the winter, or else it might rust in the bad weather. This often leaves the unenviable choice between finding space for a full outdoor kitchen workstation indoors for the winter, or chance things a little with a simple outdoor cover. Unfortunately, these covers don't tend to protect these grills very well, and we've all seen how that ends up after a couple of winters. What's more: they're often rather ugly. Who wants to have to put up with that for half the year?
Not so with the Charlie Oven. The powder-coated body and overall weather-proofed ness, coupled with the closed cooking environment of a Charlie Oven, mean outdoor cooking all year round.
No hibernating through the cold seasons. Its front-opening door means that a sudden rain shower won't ruin your fun or your food, and your guests will marvel at the outdoor winter feasts you can summon from your oven. The whole family can be fed with a complete roast cooked simultaneously — with more than two and a half times the internal space of a standard domestic oven.
What's more, the Charlie is a more hands-off approach to your traditional-style grills, depending on the style of cooking being done. Set a timer on your food and return to prepping or just socialising with your guests.
With the flames safely contained within the oven and the advanced thermal insulation preventing the body of the oven from reaching dangerous temperatures, the Charlie Oven — whilst children will still need close supervising — is miles more family-safe than traditional grills and barbecues.
Charlie's made of stern stuff, and quality is written in every aspect of the design. The 160kg steel body of the oven exudes weight and robustness. The bits you touch, from the handles to the drawer stops, all feel incredibly solid and satisfying to operate.
It's an oven that looks perfect in the role no matter the weather.
There's something of automotive engineering to the Charlie Oven design. Opening the door to the oven body can feel like the welcoming opening of a luxury car. The comparison is fitting, given the high-quality steel used throughout, as well as the hardy powder coating on the bodywork, which proves the same weather-retardent finish used on alloy wheels. Charlie's ready to take you on a journey to great taste!
Proudly made in Britain, the Charlie Oven takes cues from both minimalism and industrial design. The solid stainless steel handles and temperature gauge also add to the oven's overall air of industrial-chic, as well as Charlie's inspiration from professional kitchens. This design philosophy doesn't just lend an air of confident professionalism, but also proves a flexible design that can fit in with all manner of decor, from ultra-modern to more rustic environments; a Charlie Oven can perfectly complement whatever space it finds itself in.
This resilient, luxurious finish means the Charlie Oven is just as beautiful to use as to observe. Your guests will be wowed long before the cooking even starts, and will continue to be throughout. When you're not hosting, The Charlie Oven will make a handsome addition to your outdoor space and a lovely expression of your individual style and taste.
We hope this article has highlighted just how much consideration has gone into making Charlie Ovens not just a fantastic device for cooking food, but also a way of cooking that enables for great communication and connection with friends and family. A striking conversation piece, its distinctive design makes them the centre of attention in any space.
Our promise is that you'll love the way your Charlie Oven looks, and cooks, all year round.