I love a good farm shop as much as the next person, and there’s nothing better than stumbling upon a hidden gem! Stansted Park Farm Shop, near Emsworth is an excellent spot for stocking up on fresh, local produce – selling everything from sourdough to tea, vegetables and meat. Last weekend they held a party to celebrate their 7th birthday, so I headed over with my friend Bex for an afternoon of delicious food, all from local Hampshire & Sussex vendors.
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Stansted Park Farm Shop is set in the grounds of Stansted Park, right next to the garden centre. They’ve got a little cafe inside the shop, as well as lots of seating outside in the courtyard. Last Saturday they had their Ofyr outdoor grill fired up, as well as their pizza oven and a Big Green Egg.
They cooked up some local veg and sardines on the grill, and gave us a taster of their slow cooked pulled pork from the Big Green Egg – all of which was delicious. Smokey and tender, full of flavour – perfect.
For lunch, the lovely chaps at the farm shop served up pulled pork sliders, butternut & goat cheese pizza, salami pizza, fresh salad leaves, potato salad and a grain salad. All very tasty – especially the pulled pork – and I couldn’t recommend their pizzas enough! We’ve tried pizza from Stansted Park Farm Shop a few times over the last couple of years, and their unusual toppings always make for a delicious meal.
After eating as much as we could from the buffet, we popped inside the shop to browse the local goods and do a little bit of shopping. The shop was refurbished just over a year ago and is bright and airy, with plenty of space for products and the little cafe.
After spending far too long browsing the aisles, I came away with some heirloom tomatoes (perfect for bruschetta), purple sprouting broccoli, a loaf of sourdough and the rather nice cookies pictured above. Quite a restrained haul, I’d say!
If you’re based in West Sussex or Hampshire and love a good farm shop, I’d recommend popping over to Stansted Park Farm Shop. Go over for lunch, grab a few bits of local produce and maybe pop next door to the garden centre before you head home – a recipe for a perfectly laid back afternoon.