Welcome to the Slindon Forge Village Shop & Cafe
*** Covid 19 update ***
Our shop and cafe are currently open. Our priority is to operate in a safe way for both our customers and our staff. We are limiting customers into the shop at any one time and have reduced the number of tables inside our cafe to current guidelines. We advise to call to book a table ahead of time to avoid disappointment (inside tables only). We are unable to book outside tables. We are operating a table service for the cafe (inside and outside) or a take away off site service. Our cafe is accepting groups of no more than 6 people in total for outside seating. Inside the maximum group number is 4 people, due to the table sizes. We are unable to move tables and/or chairs. Please pay by contactless payment where possible. Thank you for keeping to these polices and keep well.
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!