We’ve taken our first steps into retail and we’re delighted that the shops in question are some absolute gems.
Firstly, the lovely people at Cowdray Park Farm Shop now stock cold smoked Charlie’s Trout in our super smart 100, 200 & 500g packs as well as our new hot smoked fillets. Nestled alongside a veritable plethora of fabulous gourmet ingredients, our Trout is definitely in good company. Cowdray Park Farm Shop is part of the fabulous Cowdray Park estate in our West Sussex heartland. The lush estate spreads majestically around the spectacular Cowdray House which is a thriving events venue, used for weddings, holistic retreats and filming.
Combine that with the fabulous golf course, world famous polo club, a range of country leisure experiences and some rather lovely holiday cottages, Cowdray Park is definitely well worth a visit. The farm shop and cafe however are definitely our favourites… the cafe offers a brilliant selection of scrumptious food - all prepared on the premises using ingredients sourced from the estate or from local suppliers. The farm shop is an inspirational treasure trove of gourmet and artisan products. Not only does it stock our very own cold smoked trout, it also offers award winning venison and game, wonderful cheeses and charcuterie and some snazzy homeware and gifts. Brilliant.
Secondly, Charlie’s Trout is very proud to be stocked in the Aladdin’s Cave that is Pallant of Arundel. This hub of all things deliciously artisan is located in bustling Arundel, West Sussex’s picturesque and historical Cathedral town. Pallant’s proprietors have a true passion for quality food and wine and an enthusiasm for championing small but special producers - just like Charlie’s Trout.
As well as their excellent lines in locally produced hot and cold smoked trout, Pallant also has an amazing selection of cheeses, deli products, olives and antipasti. Delicious bakery goods, chocolates, wines and gourmet gifts, Pallant is definitely the place for you if you consider yourself to be a bit of a foodie (or you’re hankering after a smoked trout sandwich).
Our third official outlet is so fresh and exciting, it’s only just opened. ‘The Deli’ in Pulborough’s aim is to bring 'the best from Sussex and beyond’ - including hot and cold smoked Charlie’s Trout.
They’ll be selling a wide variety of charcuterie, cheeses, oils and vinegars, olives and antipasti and plenty more - and we’ll be delivering their first batch of our smoked trout on Thursday. We can’t wait.
Last for now, but definitely not least, is 'The Hungry Guest' in Petworth. This multi-award winning delicatessen is definitely a sight to behold - a vast array of fantastic gourmet and artisan products from brilliant producers and the Hungry Guest kitchen. We're over-the-moon that they're now stocking both our hot smoked and cold smoked trout, here's hoping that they fly off the shelves.
Both the Hungry Guest Shop and the Hungry Guest Cafe are thoroughly brilliant and definitely deserving of their long list of industry awards. Delicious food and the friendliest people. We can't recommend them enough if you happen to be in the area (and if you're not... maybe make a detour).
We’re so pleased to be part of these fabulous food stores and are looking forward to selling our smoked trout like hot cakes for the foreseeable future.
We’re also always on the lookout for other suitable small-producer-friendly outlets who might just fancy stocking a certain smoked trout producer’s wares. Do drop us a line if you’re interested.
Images from stockist websites. Find out more about our stockists at cowdray.co.uk, pallantofarundel.co.uk, thedelipulborough.co.uk and thehungryguest.com