Food & Drink

In line with sustainable practices across the Sharpham Estate our cooks produce high-quality, seasonal, vegetarian food for people that stay in Sharpham House, The Coach House and the Woodland.

At the Barn Retreat participants join in to cook for the group during the retreat guided by the Coordinators and our bank of recipes. If you're staying in our solitary retreat centre The Hermitage, Barn participants will cook & deliver your food.

We grow as much of our own produce as we can in our organic gardens which we supplement by purchasing from local suppliers. You can visit our gardens whilst on retreat and you can learn more about organic growing by joining one of our retreats at the Coach House or The Barn.

Our cooks can create delicious hot and cold vegetarian & vegan meals, with mouth-watering desserts too.

The food cooked at The Sharpham Trust gets rave reviews from our visitors and guests.

The meals were fantastic and prepared with great love, care and attention. Even as a meat eater, I loved the vegetarian food and did not miss meat at all
Food at Sharpham House

Our Food Ethos

The Sharpham Trust operates vegetarian kitchens offering a healthy, balanced diet that includes eggs and dairy products. We try to source as many local products as we can, including vegetables and fruit from our own gardens.

  • Operating vegetarian kitchens is simpler in terms of health and safety and allows retreatants to be involved.
  • A vegetarian diet has a much lower environmental impact than one including meat or fish.
  • The Trust wants to give people an opportunity to experience alternative approaches as part of our charitable objectives

Food allergies, intolerances and catering options

Please tell us well in advance of your stay of any food allergies or intolerances you may have. Participants on our retreats can tell us this on the Booking Form via a link we sent you in your confirmation email.

If these options we offer don’t meet an individual’s needs, they must contact The Trust prior to booking to discuss whether alternatives are possible. The Trust cannot accommodate alternative diet requests without prior agreement.

Our kitchens are not allergen-free.

We always label dishes containing allergens you have told us about. Whilst on retreat, please speak to the Manager or cooks for more information on allergens in our dishes.

Food at Sharpham House
Food at Sharpham House

Sourcing our ingredients

Drinking water at Sharpham retreats is provided from springs, which are regularly tested to ensure a clean, safe supply.

Our kitchens are fish and meat-free. Our food is organic where possible. We use Riverford as a supplier.

We also use Sharpham Cheese where possible.

We can make Sharpham Wine and apple juice from our orchards available to your group if you are hiring Sharpham House for a residential. Please discuss this with the House Manager. 

Sharpham Recipes

You can purchase our Cook Books form our online shop.

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