Life on the Estate: February

Richard Main has been appointed Cowdray’s Managing Director of the Farm Shop, Cafe and Lifestyle


This month, Cowdray were delighted to welcome Richard Main to the team as the Managing Director of the Cowdray Farm Shop, Café and Lifestyle. With a background in retail and hospitality, Richard joins Cowdray after 16 years’ experience within the John Lewis Partnership.

At the Farm Shop Café, the team are preparing for the penultimate Evening Dining Experience in March before they pause and make way for pizzas throughout the summer. New benches have been built by the forestry team using Cowdray timber near the Farm Shop car park; these will be perfect for visitors to enjoy their pizzas or a picnic when the weather warms up.

New picnic tables built using Cowdray timber near to the Farm Shop

The first Evening Dining Experience of the year proved a great success with dishes on the menu including homemade agnolotti, Cowdray Venison and ice cream made with Susana and Daughters Cowdray Kefir. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Farm Shop team also put together some delicious supper selections to choose from including steak dinners, Cowdray chocolate tarts and a Valentine’s inspired cheeseboard.

Across the Estate, the Cowdray beekeeping team have witnessed bees beginning orientation flights ready for this year’s season. This activity is promising as it was a nervous first winter since the team shut the hives for winter.

The incredibly wet weather this month has impacted all parts of the Estate in various ways and is particularly challenging for the golf course. Despite having a reputation for year-round playability due to fantastic natural drainage, coping with the torrential rainfall presents its challenges. Forestry and farming also are directly affected by the weather. The ground conditions however have been perfect for planting with the Estate having been gifted some disease resistant elm trees to trial. The Farming Team have been digging ditches and trying to free up land drains to help the fields dry. When the ground dries up, they have been busy drilling some late wheat.

With March approaching, there’s a general feeling that hopefully Spring is on its way!

Here are some dates for next month:

Stargazing Experience – Sunday March 17th, Ambersham Polo Grounds – Click here to find out more

Spring Forest Bathing – Sunday March 17th, Cowdray Hall – Click here to find out more

Cowdray Farm Shop Evening Dining – Saturday March 23rd, Cowdray Farm Shop Cafe – Click here to find out more

Easter Afternoon Tea at The Walled Garden, Friday March 29th, The Walled Garden – Click here to find out more

Foraging Scavenger Hunt: Explore and Find Wild Foods, Saturday 30th March, Cowdray Cafe – Click here to find out more

Sunday Carvery – Every Sunday, The Griffin Bar and Grill, Cowdray Golf Club – Click here to find out more

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