Most famous for their delicious and nutritious home-grown watercress, the family-owned Kingfisher Farm Shop has been growing this quintessentially English product at Abinger Hammer since 1854.
Their watercress is grown in natural spring water, which provides all the necessary nutrients without the aid of fertilisers or insecticides.
The Farm Shop itself, which is found just off the A25 in the pretty Surrey Hills village, has become an increasingly important part of the business over the years and the original watercress shed became the present shop in 1999.
Here you’ll find an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as locally produced breads, cakes, pies, jams, chutneys and more.
Kingfisher Farm Shop prides itself on the quality and ethical sourcing of their extensive range of food and drink products, and that passion shines through every time you visit this Surrey institution.
They support many food and drink producers in the local area and Kingfisher watercress is used by local pubs and cafés (keep an eye out for the annual spring supper clubs at Abinger Cookery School across the road, which celebrate the humble leaf). It’s also sold in Dorking by the lovely Food Float team from their innovative High Street stall.
In a fascinating aside, Kingfisher Flower Shop, which opened in 2003 as an accompaniment to the farm shop business, provides changing weekly arrangements, combining flowers, foliage and vegetables for Steve Drake’s Michelin starred restaurant, Sorrel, in Dorking.
Kingfisher Farm Shop opens Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm, and on Sundays, 10am to 4pm. The flower shop opens Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
Local Food Surrey says
We love how the history of Kingfisher Farm Shop charts the trials and tribulations of the Surrey food and drink industry. They’ve seen the war years and then the boom in supermarkets change how people thought about food, but then they’ve also witnessed the efforts in recent years to reverse that impact, with people looking to increasingly engage again with local producers and know where their food really comes from.
The story of the opening of the farm shop is a fascinating one too. It was brought about by a postal strike, which meant that trips up to the London markets had to be made in order to collect payment for Kingfisher watercress. People in Abinger Hammer village would ask Kingfisher owner Barrie Arminson to bring back the odd box of fresh produce - and the idea of a shop was born.
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