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 Café are seen as the hub of the Estate 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 Butchery Manager and his team are 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. Cowdray eggs 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 Café 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 served in the Café and is available to buy in the shop and Neal’s Yard Dairy supplies our cheeses.
Café Bookings – We no longer take reservations in the Café. The Café is now open Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm, Sunday & Bank Holidays 9am-5pm.
News & Events
Career Opportunities in the Farm Shop – we are recruiting for a Deputy Manager and a Deli Supervisor in the Shop. Retail experience is preferable, although by no means essential, but the successful candidates will show a passion for, and knowledge of, speciality food, fantastic customer service, show initiative and have a great eye for detail. Find out more
Juice Bar – Our Juice Bar serves a variety of delicious food and drinks, from cold pressed organic juices to paninis, salads, granola and ice cream as well as takeaway coffee. All food is freshly made by our team of Chefs in the Cowdray Cafe Kitchen. Juice bar open daily from 8.30am-4pm.
‘Truffle Hunting’ – We are holding a ‘Truffle Hunting’ event on Saturday 29th October. Tom, the Truffle Hunter, and his dogs will lead us out onto our 16,500 acre Estate to search for truffles before returning to the Cafe at about 5pm where Head Chef, Ben, will cook them up for the foraging party to enjoy. If you are interested in joining the trip please email: email@example.com (Sorry – only Tom’s dogs will be allowed on the hunt).
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. We can take orders for their fish to be delivered to the shop on any day of the week (48 hours notice required).
Cheese of the Month: Gorgonzola di Capra– Gorgonzola is part of an illustrious family of blue cheeses, formed when ambient molds infiltrate the curing cheeses. This cheese is modeled on ‘Gorgonzola Piccante’ but made with 100% goat’s milk. There is a sharp note of blue mould at the beginning that gently rolls away to a creamy mid-palate and a delightfully clean but robust lemony finish with hints of fresh sweet goat’s milk.