Cowdray Farm Shop & Café
Situated on the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate just outside Midhurst, West Sussex, at the heart of the South Downs National Park.
The Cowdray Farm Shop and Café
The Farm Shop and Cafe are seen as the hub of the Estate. The running of it is a family affair and represents so much of the Estate’s holistic ethos. The sourcing policy is of the highest standard and starts with our own home grown produce. The lamb and beef comes from the Home Farms and the Head Butcher is in the enviable position of being able to talk with the farmer about how the animals are raised and the impact this has on the end results.
Our award winning venison is available on the butcher’s counter. This meat is perhaps one of our most sustainable food sources.
The Café serves outstanding food, from breakfast to sandwiches and snacks, to substantial meals, made from scratch, using traditional artisan techniques and the best Cowdray & local produce. Our eggs, which are laid by our chickens at the Cowdray Herb Garden, are used by our chefs in our kitchen and are for sale in the shop.
We buy our pork from Scott’s of Storrington who farm their free range pigs a few miles from us here at Cowdray. The team cure cuts for bacon to our Cowdray specific recipe, smoke some in the traditional way and leave the rest green. The team also make our famous Cowdray sausages using seasonally fresh herbs grown on the Estate and don’t use any preservatives.
Enjoy our delicious bacon and sausages as part of your Full English Breakfast in the Cafe or you can purchase some of our more exotic varieties like Merguez from the butchers in the shop.
We support local suppliers whenever we are able and source only the very best produce for our store. Monmouth Coffee is now being served in the Cafe and is available to buy in the shop and Neal’s Yard Dairy supplies our cheeses.
News & Events
Show them you love them: Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on Sunday 14th February! We have many gift ideas for your food loving Valentine as well as a variety of treats in our Living Area.
Cheese of the Month – Isle of Mull – In 1979 Jeff and Chris Reade moved from Somerset to Sgriob-ruadh (pronounced ‘Ski-Brua’) a derelict farm just outside the small town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. With their sons they built a working farm including cow housing, a milking parlour and cheesemaking room and cellars. Now in the the third generation is in training.
The family is proud to be one of the island’s largest employers. The dairy, bakery and houses are powered by a hydroelectric plant (that took them fifteen years to construct), a wind turbine, and log burners, they use a truly sustainable and holistic way to produce cheese. Cows are fed on a diet of hay, silage and spent grain husks, known as draff, from the distillery in Tobermory a mile or so away. Over the years the cheese has matured with flavours that range from sweet and boozy to rich, savoury, and mellow.
New Season Olive Oil
New harvest Querubi Extra Virgin Olive Oil has arrived in store. It’s produced without the help of any chemical products. This wonderfully grassy premium olive oil, which should be used cold for dipping and in dressings, is cold pressed, hand bottled, sealed and packaged on an Estate in the French Pyrenees.
Fresh Fish – Andrew Johnson and his team are with us every Friday between 11.30am-4.00pm. You will find them on the courtyard in front of the shop. They no longer visit us on Tuesdays.
Cafe Bookings – We no longer take reservations in the Cafe. The Cafe is open Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm.