Cowdray Farm Shop win Sussex Food Shop of the Year 2019
This is the second time in the last three years that the Farm Shop has won this hotly contested category. The winner was revealed during the Awards Banquet on Wednesday 15th May at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.
General Manager, Rupert Titchmarsh and Shop Manager, Esme Westcott-White received the award from Sally Gunnell OBE. Danny Pike, from BBC Sussex, interviewed them both on stage in front of an audience containing Sussex’s finest producers, many of whom supply the Farm Shop.
There were a record 18,000 public votes this year for various food and drink producers and other local businesses across West Sussex nominated in a range of categories for the 2019 Sussex Food and Drink Awards. However, it was up to the judges to make the final decision.
Lady Cowdray commented: “We are absolutely delighted that the Cowdray Farm Shop has been awarded Sussex Food Shop of the Year. We are so grateful to our loyal customers for voting us as winners, as well as our dedicated, knowledgeable staff. We are incredibly proud of the team’s success and the award is a great reflection of all their hard work.”
Rupert Titchmarsh, Farm Shop General Manager, said “It is a tremendous honour to lead the Cowdray Farm Shop into its second decade of trading and to achieve this accolade is confirmation of all that we strive to achieve. It is a business led by culinary passion and to be supported by several award-winning local producers proves Sussex is a county with exceptional gastronomic talent, in which Cowdray Farm Shop is officially a leading outlet. We are fortunate to be supported by Cowdray Café, who serve the first-class ingredients stocked by the Farm Shop.”
This spring the shop unveiled an extensive upgrade designed to meet the evolving needs of the destination shopper. Environmental responsibility, through the reduction of packaging and a pledge to stock local and seasonal products whenever possible, is a firm commitment.
There is a new self-service coffee grinding area, alongside gravity bins containing organic nuts and seeds and the return of the popular customer operated orange juicer. Cowdray are committed to reduce, reuse, recycle.
A healthy lifestyle is offered to customers at Cowdray Farm Shop where food miles are minimised and local producers supported. Sussex produce includes Munneries fruit and vegetables, Charlie’s Trout, a Sussex based company producing smoked chalk-stream trout products. Local florist, Verdley Flowers and recently launched Susana & Daughters Kefir, produced at Cowdray using Cowdray milk.