Cowdray Farm Shop & Café
Situated on the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate – Holistic Estate which cares about the land.
Located in 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 back on the butcher’s counter. This meat is perhaps one of our most sustainable 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. We make all our own cakes and our eggs, which are laid by our chickens at the Model Farm, and 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. Harvey and his 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.
We’re always looking for like minded foodies interested in working in our fun and stimulating environment. If you think you’d fit in and your looking for a new challenge do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations for the Cafe at weekends and Bank Holidays need to be made by Friday at 5pm. We no longer take bookings for Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays on the day. Midweek bookings may be made on the day but until we call you back your booking is not confirmed. We are now operating our Winter opening hours in the Cafe which are Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
News & Events
Redhound for Dogs: We’re delighted to welcome this new supplier to Cowdray. Run by Debbie Humphreys who designs and makes beautiful tailored waterproof coats for dogs, knitted dog jumper kits, super fashionable dog bandanas and waterproof treat bags which are all available to buy in store. We also stock scrabble tags – a fun addition to your dog’s collar.
Collaboration with Ouse Valley : We’ve been working with Julian at Sussex producer Ouse Valley Foods to create some recipes especially for Cowdray. We think we have come up with a really delicious range of products which includes strawberry jam, blackcurrant jam, breakfast marmalade, family pickle, kitchen garden chutney and tomato chilli & red pepper relish. Each is presented in it’s own kilner jar which you can re-use one you’ve enjoyed what’s inside!
Summerdown Mint have been a supplier to us for some time. They have now expanded their range of peppermint based products into the body, bath and home sector. Their perfumer’s bespoke fragrance is based around their distinctive, single estate, Black Mitcham mint which is grown at Malshanger, Hampshire. The range includes soap, body lotion, bath foam, hand lotion, candles, diffusers which are all available in store.
Our Cheese of the Month is Berskwell which is made at the Fletcher family’s beautiful 16th century farmhouse, Ram Hall, near Berkswell in Warwickshire. They have their own flock of Friesland cross ewes and make their delicious cheese from the unpasteurised milk using a traditional rennet.The flavour and texture is rich, sweet, fruity and nutty, sometimes with a fruity acidity that reminds us of pineapple, sometimes creamy and biscuity. The flavours are always long, deep and mouthfilling. People often liken it to the Spanish Manchego or Italian Pecorino so do have a taste when you are next passing our deli.
Fresh Fish on Tuesdays as well as Fridays! Andrew Johnson and his team are with us every Tuesday as well as every Friday. Tuesdays 11.30am- 2.30pm & Fridays 11.30am – 4.00pm.