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.
Career Opportunities – We’ve a job opportunity at the Farm Shop & Cafe for a Cafe Supervisor. If you would like to know more see the ‘Join Our Team’ page of the website.
News & Events
Christmas Opening Hours: The shop and café will both be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Christmas Eve 8am – 3pm
Sunday 27th 10am – 4pm
Monday 28th 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 29th 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 30th 9am – 6pm
New Year’s Eve 9am – 3pm
Christmas Eve 9am – 3pm
Sunday 27th 9am – 5pm
Monday 28th 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 29th 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 30th 9am – 5pm
New Year’s Eve 9am – 3pm
From 2nd January we will return to our regular opening hours.
Seasonal Menu Changes in the Cafe: The chefs have introduced some new menu options for the winter months including Cowdray Fish Pie, Goat’s Cheese & Chilli Empanadas and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce. Many of the old favourites are still on the menu. We take great care sourcing local ingredients wherever possible and all food is made on site.
Christmas Tasting Day – Save the Date! Saturday 5th December 11am-3pm. Suppliers joining us and tasting out their wonderful produce include: Noble & Stace, chocolatiers, Upperton with their local sparkling wine, Neal’s Yard Dairy and Borough Cheese Company, Chilgrove Gin (now suppliers of Vodka too), Estate based Langham Brewery, makers of our fabulous Cowdray Ale, and our new tea supplier, Brew Tea.
Cheese of the Month – Appleby’s Cheshire
Cheshire is one of the oldest recorded named cheeses in British history: it is first mentioned, along with a Shropshire cheese, by Thomas Muffett in Health’s Improvement (c.1580).
Appleby’s Cheshire has been made by the Appleby family since the 50’s. Lance and Lucy Appleby were the first generation and both were awarded MBE’s for their services to cheese making in 2001. The third generation Appleby’s are now working in the business and the cheese is still made in the same traditional way with unpasteurised milk, from their own cows, with traditional rennet. It’s a perfect cheese for this time of year as it partners perfectly with fruit cakes, dates and figs.
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.