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
Picnic Hampers: Our in-house kitchen can freshly prepare a hamper for your day out. Choose between the Luxury hamper (includes Louis Roederer champagne) or the Lawns hamper. Download a picnic booking form from the left hand side of this page or call the team to chat through your requirements.
Cheese of the Month – Cardo
Cardo is made in Timsbury in Somerset by one of the most influential characters in cheese making, Mary Holbrook. Mary has her own herd of goats and has been making cheese for over 40 years. Cardo is a more mature goats cheese than her well known Tymsboro and is a ‘washed rind’ meaning she washes the cheese as it’s maturing everyday with a salt water (brine).
It’s called Cardo because of the rennet she uses which comes from the Cardoon. Every year Mary goes to Portugal where she buys this vegetarian rennet from the locals.
Cardo is only available in the summer and autumn and is perfect alongside those big barbecue red wines!
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.
Career Opportunities – We’ve a number of job opportunities at the Farm Shop & Cafe. There are two permanent vacancies we are looking to fill: Cafe Supervisor and Pastry Chef. We are also setting up a new mobile catering team. If you would like to know more see the ‘Join Our Team’ page of the website.