Welcome to the website for The Forge – our community owned and run village shop and café here in Slindon, near Arundel, West Sussex.


We are open every day – but please note the different times at the weekend and note especially that ‘last orders’ in the cafe are usually ONE HOUR before the shop closes (to give time to clean everything down, in line with food hygiene regulations).

Shop open
Monday to Sunday 9-5

(These are summer hours – they change in the winter, when the clocks go back).

Last orders in the café
Monday to Sunday- hot food 3.00; beverages & cake until 4.00

The redundant Forge building was restored and extended in 2012, creating a new hub for the village – providing a shop, café and information point.

The shop  is a cross between a convenience store, a deli and a farm shop. We offer a wide range of goods including everyday essentials with an emphasis on local goods wherever we can. We also have a number of unique-to-us items including things cooked in our own kitchen (legendary sausage rolls and tasty tartlets). Take-away too.

The café serves our own blend of coffee, fab cakes, light lunches and a selection of savouries. The current menu is here; note that we are fully licensed and have free and fast wifi too.

Slindon is a very nice friendly place and there are some great walks from our doorstep. We’ve put together four local walks – also available to download from our website.

We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with The Forge.

Like many villages we have lost vital services in recent years – Post Office, shop and one of our pubs. The loss is not just practical – it means a loss of social contacts as well. The Forge project provides a wonderful opportunity to reverse this and provide vital services to ensure our village remains the vibrant community we all enjoy. Not only that, it has delivered other benefits too

  • it’s given an important new lease of life and public access to what was a semi-derelict but historically important village building.
  • It’s created new jobs in the village
  • We are an additional customer for other local businesses, doing our bit to help them thrive.

Come back to this website and look at the news updates and find out more about this exciting project, or follow us on Twitter and FaceBook.