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 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
Cowdray Cakes – Our bakery is now filled with the smell of freshly baked cakes, we have started making all of the cakes for our Farm Shop and Cafe here in the Cowdray Kitchens. Our chefs have been busy working on new recipes including some gluten free varieties. Should you wish them to make a cake for a special occasion please speak to one of the team.
Cheese of the Month: Stawley – Since 2009, Will and Caroline Atkinson have been making their Stawley goats’ cheese from their family farm in Somerset. Initially starting with their herd of 30 goats comprising a mixture of British Saanen, British Toggenburgs and Anglo-Nubians, this has grown to 96 milking does and it is at this level that they intend to remain. Indeed, dairy herds of this size are extremely rare in the UK.
The lactic goats cheese that Will and Caroline produce has a combination of wonderful flavours ranging from a milky and lactic to floral and honeyed. The delicate creamy-coloured Geotrichum rind, similar in style to the Charollais French goats cheese.
New Supplier Cornish Charcuterie – We have some new award winning pates on our shelves from Cornish Charcuterie including mushroom, duck rillette and pork rillettes. They use the finest ingredients and free range meat in their pates which are beautifully presented in a kilner jar.
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.