We choose our suppliers based on a variety of factors:
- They need to reflect our own values for animal welfare and environmental impact.
- They need to be able to reliably supply a high quality product.
- They need to be affordable so that we can remain accessible to all sections of the community.
Sometimes these factors are hard to balance – for example, we choose free range chicken and eggs, instead of organic, to make our menu items more affordable. We choose Fairtrade coffee, but we offer filter coffee for £1, as well as a more expensive latte. We use local organic produce, but top it up with imported goods too.
These are our suppliers in order of proximity:
- Windmill Hill City Farm (0 miles) A Place Where People Grow! Our favourite supplier of fresh salad year round, and a wonderful selection of fruit and veg through the changing seasons, grown and harvested by volunteer groups. Also supplies pork for our sausage rolls, goat, lamb and beef for our tasty stews, and fresh chicken, duck and goose eggs to sell in the shop.
- Total Produce (2 miles) Supplying UK & imported dry goods and fresh produce.
- Wogan Coffee (2 miles) Organic and Fairtrade Amharic coffee (which you can also buy ground for use at home) and delicious Zuma hot chocolate.
- The Bristol Loaf (2 miles) Officially the best sourdough in Bristol (fellow Good Food Award winners), on our menu and for you to take home. Delivered Tuesday to Saturday, mid-morning.
- Proper Bread (2 miles) Soft bloomer for our bacon sandwiches.
- Essential Trading Co-Operative (4 miles) A workers’ co-operative supplying UK and imported wholefoods, teas, snacks and drinks.
- Chew Moos Ice Cream (5 miles) A small-batch, family-owned ice-cream parlour powered by solar energy, with amazing flavours like Dark Chocolate & Orange Delight, and Raspberry & White Chocolate Ripple.
- The Community Farm (6 miles) A community-owned social enterprise, growing and supplying lovely fresh organic produce. We sell their produce alongside our own, to ensure a good range is available.
- Bradley’s Juices (15 miles) Award-winning Somerset apple juice and refreshing lemonade, as well as more unusual combinations like apple & blackberry, and strawberry &elderflower.
- Fair Ash Farm Eggs (10 miles) Spanking fresh free-range eggs for our cakes and breakfasts, brought to us twice weekly.
- Story Butchers (12 miles) Tasty, truly free-range chicken, raised in Chew Valley.
- Jess’ Ladies Organic Milk (33 miles) Fresh, non-homogenised organic milk, direct from the Ladies, Jess’ small herd. Plus luxurious plain yoghurt and extra thick double cream. You can buy cheaper milk, but we like being certain of where it comes from.
- Sandridge Farmhouse Bacon (37 miles) Superb quality, 80% meat sausages, proper ham & rindless smoked back & streaky bacon, on our menu, and for you to take home. This bacon is the real deal.
- Hodmedods (200miles) Alright, this one isn’t exactly local to Bristol, but we love Hodmedods because they are trialling and growing, and developing markets for, crops that are usually imported, as well as bringing back some forgotten British pulses. We love their yellow split pea flour, and their huge range of beans, and we sell their fermented fava bean paste, which is very much like miso, but grown and produced here in the UK. Pretty radical!
In addition, we try to keep all our non-food business local and ethical too, supporting other community businesses and charities where possible. Our chairs are sourced, painted and reupholstered by Second Chance Furniture, and our picnic tables are made by the Bristol Wood Recycling Project. We encourage customers to bring reusable cups for takeaway drinks, with a 10% discount, and all our takeaway packaging is Vegware compostable packaging.
We are always on the lookout for new suppliers to work with who share our values and passion for food.