Welcome to the Slindon Forge Village Shop & Cafe

*** Covid 19 update ***

As from 5th November

Our village shop with daily fresh deliveries remains open, 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.  Due to the recent lockdown measures our cafe is open for takeaway only 9am – 4pm (3pm for menu food items) 7 days a week.  No seating is available either inside or outside.  Our priority is to operate in a safe way for both our customers and our staff. If you are ordering takeaway you will need a face coving to order at our inside counter.  We then ask you kindly wait outside for your order.  You will then need to take the order off site to enjoy.  At this time we are still operating the same menu as you can find on this website.  We are limiting customers into the shop at any one time.  Please pay by contactless payment where possible.  Thank you for keeping to these polices and keep well.

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We are a community shop and cafe in the Southdowns national park in the heart of West Sussex.

The Forge consists of three complementary elements:

A Community Shop offering a useful and desirable range of food and grocery products – everyday essentials for top-up/convenience shopping

We also have a range of fresh produce and deli-type products, specialising in local produce where possible.
As you would expect we also have some newspapers, magazines and stamps plus some related services such as dry cleaning and bill payment services.

If there are things you’d like us to stock by all means come and chat to us – we value ideas and suggestions.

Our Country Café for both villagers and visitors alike, serves great coffee, cake, sandwiches and rolls etc,  plus light lunches, snacks & take-away – again using locally sourced produce as far as possible. complementary WIFI is also available!

Finally we also have and Information Centre with interpretation materials, leaflets, etc about the Slindon estate and the wider South Downs National Park.
For local walks and downloadable maps see the history page or by clicking here.

The project was originally run as a not-for-profit community initiative, organised as a Co-operative and Community Benefit Society, who hold the lease with the freeholder, The National Trust. Community co-operation in running the project (via membership, volunteering and a community share scheme) was a key element of the project in the early days.

After five years of trading, in April 2017 the Forge adopted a slightly different take on the community shop model as the community became landlords to Craig Ramus as the new tennant.

Craig shares the same vision and ambition as the community and hopes to make the Forge even more successful over the next five years and beyond!

Food & Drink

We are proud to provide a good range of local produce and all the daily essentials.
Our range is constantly evolving as we listen to customers and their requirements.
Our store acts as a hub for the wider community and visitors alike with products and services to benefit everyone.

Non Food

Other than the obvious household essentials we also stock a range of cards and gifts, newspapers, stationery, cigarettes, pet food and even bedding plants.
We have freshly cut flower bouquets from a local florist too!


The services we provide are wide and varied from mobile phone top ups to utility bill payments and dry cleaning to photocopying and laminating.
We also have internet facilities. We encourage people to ask for services they would find useful and will do what we can to supply them.


Our café boasts tables inside or out and with a wide range of drinks and snacks it’s regularly a meeting place for friends or a welcome pitstop for walkers and cyclists.
A full English breakfast or soup and a sandwich at lunchtime – all available as you admire the local artists displaying on our art wall.

To see our full menu,
please download it by
clicking here or it is also available to download in the cafe section.