Now the nights are drawing in we have switched to winter hours
- we’re open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday
- and 10am to 4pm on Sundays
Please note that last orders in the cafe are 1 hour before closing time (ie 4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm pm on Sundays).
Welcome to the website for The Forge – our community owned and run village shop and café here in Slindon, near Arundel, West Sussex.
The redundant Forge building is now restored and extended, 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, home-made soup etc etc). Take-away too.
The cafe 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 4 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, its delivered other benefits too
- its given an important new lease of life and public access to what was a semi-derelict but historically important village building.
- Its created new jobs in the village
- We an additonal customer for other local businesses, doing our bit to help them thrive.