Windsor Farm Shop, Windsor, Berkshire
Just a short distance away from the beautiful scenery of Windsor Great Park and the historic surroundings of Windsor Castle, you’ll find this Farm Shop selling produce from the Royal Estates including game when in season.
Visit the Windsor Farm Shop for coffee and cake or to stock up on foodie gifts with a royal flavour. It’s ideal for buying provisions for a picnic to enjoy in nearby Windsor Great Park.The Foodie Travel Guide
The Windsor Farm Shop
In 2001, the Duke of Edinburgh came up with the idea of selling high quality goods from the Royal Estates and supporting other small local suppliers at the same time. By converting Victorian potting sheds and constructing two new buildings, the Farm Shop and the Coffee Shop were created. Today, there’s also a light and airy marquee attached to the Coffee Shop and a small selection of plants for sale.
The Royal Farm
The Royal Estate at Windsor operates as a mixed farm with its 1000 acres of arable land and 2000 acres of grassland mainly used to feed the livestock. The milk from its 200 pedigree Jersey milking cows is used to produce Windsor Castle ice-cream which is available to buy. The prime beef from the pedigree Sussex beef herd is matured for a minimum of 21 days and sold in the shop every week. You’ll also see bacon, hams, pork and sausages from the 140 breeding sows and eggs from the 1500 Lohmann Brown hens. Game and venison is supplied from the Royal Shoot in The Great Park.
Shop For Local Windsor Produce
The bread counter is stocked with freshly-baked baguettes, crusty rolls and cobblers from The Jolly Baker. You can buy honey produced at Didlington Manor, made from the bees located in the Windsor Great Park (there’s also honey from the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk). Located just down the road, the Windsor and Eton Brewery produce a unique range of Windsor-inspired Beers and Ales. Some of the best sellers are the Knight of the Garter, Guardsman and Conqueror. Also worth trying is Barkham Blue, the local cheese.
Browse Regional British Produce From Top Producers
Other British products you’ll find in the shop include seafood from the Inverawe Smokehouse in Scotland, cheese from the Sharpham Estate in Devon, chutneys from the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight, vodka from the Chase Distillery and Lyme Bay Cider.
Sit Down For Coffee and Cake in the Café
Pop in to the Coffee Shop for a tempting selection of traditional cakes such as Sussex fruit cake, Danish pastries, and ‘naughty but nice’ cream cakes. On a Saturday morning, it’s busy with locals who have been shopping, and cycling clubs filling up on carbs. The adjoining weather-boarded marquee with its portraits of the Royal Family is a light and airy space to savour a hot lunch of the pie or pasty variety. Wash it down with a glass of wine or a boutique soft drink from Posh Pops. How about Plum & Cherry or Dandelion & Burdock?
- Look out for Duke’s Afternoon tea which is for sale in the shop. On a Royal visit to Ceylon in 1945, the Duke of Edinburgh was asked to plant a bush on the famous Lovers Leap estate in Nuwara Eliya. Harvested on the very estate, Duke’s Afternoon tea is relished by connoisseurs for its unique flavour
- The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park are both a short drive away
WHERE TO STAY NEAR WINDSOR
The Winning Post
An 18th-century pub with wonderful original features, a creative restaurant and leafy gardens.
Rooms from £84 a night.
Hotel du Vin
This historic former brewery boasts light and elegant rooms with original features and its own bistro.
Rooms from £119 a night.
Not one for me. You’ll have to leave me in the car and then take me for a long walk in nearby Great Windsor Park.