Cowdray Farm Shop to appear on Channel 5 Documentary

The Cowdray Farm Shop is delighted to have been chosen to take part in a Channel 5 two-part series which features some of the country’s best loved and highly regarded farm shops from across the UK, located in glorious British countryside.

Airing on Channel 5 on Friday 19th August at 8pm, titled ‘Britain’s Poshest Farm Shops’, the programme showcases Cowdray Farm Shop’s commitment to high quality Estate and locally sourced produce. It also shows the dedicated team at work including Head Chef Ben Jupp foraging for wild ingredients under the guidance of the Cowdray Estate Forager George Linklater.

Members of staff are filmed creating bespoke picnic hampers requested by a number of customers to enjoy whilst watching the first polo match of the season – the Cowdray Estate is internationally recognised as the Home of British Polo. Rupert Titchmarsh, the Farm Shop Manager, said: “We are very proud of our offering focusing as we do on the very best produce that the Estate and the wider area has to offer such as locally grown asparagus and Susana & Daughters Cowdray Estate Kefir which both feature in the programme.

“We don’t strive to be ‘posh’, but we do consider ourselves to be accessible to all those who love food. We do strive to ensure that quality and provenance are key factors in choosing products available from the Cowdray Farm Shop.”

“We are particularly proud to have an exceptional Deli counter stocking carefully-selected, premium quality cheeses and charcuterie and our fantastic butchery, which sells naturally reared meat including Estate produced beef, lamb and venison.”

As well as reflecting what the Cowdray Farm Shop stands for, a central element of the programme is showing a behind the scenes snapshot of the staff at work and their different characters from the chefs in the kitchen to the assistants who form crucial bonds and connections with the farm shop customers.

“We had a lot of fun filming for this programme. It was great to see the camaraderie and the sense of humour on the shop floor and the characters of individual staff members,” said Rupert.

“Head Chef Ben was also filmed out foraging with George for wild ingredients. George and Ben chose to pick gorse from the Estate, and this was later transformed into a delicious chocolate and gorse tart by Stefano, our talented pastry chef.

“I hope that the viewers will see how hard working, knowledgeable and dedicated the team are and will get a behind the scenes glimpse into how passionate we are about delivering the best possible products and the best possible service to the customer.”

The episode will be available to watch here on My5 after it has aired on Friday 19th August.

Written by Matilda Reid

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