Shops and Retailers

Arch House Deli

Reviewed by FR 2/10

Boyce's Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4AA – view map

It is no exaggeration to say that ethical foodie heaven can be found under the arch in Clifton village. The business, which Debbie Atherton and David Greenman bought in November 2009, won the 2009 ‘Discover the Origin’ award organised by Speciality Food Magazine to raise awareness and publicise the importance of food provenance in delis and independent stores throughout the UK.

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Ashton Fruit Shop

269 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JN – view map

Good range of local, seasonal produce. Ashton Fruit Shop try to source locally wherever possible, and everything is well-labelled. Stock turnover is high, and sometimes labelling does not keep pace with the change, so ask if uncertain – the staff are always helpful.

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Better Food Company (St Werburghs)

Proving House, Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9QS – view map

Fruit & veg with good seasonal crop availablity and range – much grown in the Community Farm’s fields in the Chew Valley. Wide range of other foods including dairy, meat and dry goods.

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Better Food Company (Whiteladies Road)

Reviewed by FR 10/10

94 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2QX – view map

Fruit & veg with good seasonal crop availablity and range – much grown in the Community Farm’s fields in the Chew Valley. Wide range of other foods including dairy, meat and dry goods.

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Bordeaux Quay

Reviewed by JS updated 2/09

V Shed, Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5LL – view map

Bordeaux Quay is not just a posh restaurant upstairs, and a cheaper brasserie upstairs, it is also a bar, deli, bakery and cookery school.

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Bristol Cider Shop

Reviewed by BCS 11/11

Bristol Cider Shop, 7 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS – view map

We source traditionally-made West Country cider, perry, apple and pear juices direct from the farm and everything that we sell is made within 50 miles of Bristol.

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Bristol Sweet Mart

Reviewed by JC 4/11

71-75, 76-82, 84 St Mark's Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JH – view map

Bristol Sweet Mart was founded in 1978 by Mr Kassam Majothi, a Ugandan refugee. The businesses has since expanded to become a local food shop, wholesale service and deli, selling Indian home-made foods both direct to the public and to over 100 Indian takeaways and restaurants.

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Chandos Deli (Clifton)

6 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS8 4BP – view map

Chandos Deli, which has branches in Clifton, Henleaze, and the centre, sells wonderful locally roasted Brian Wogan coffee, sandwiches made with local cheeses and hams, and a great range of own-made cakes – the chocolate brownies are especially good, and so are the savoury lunch-sized tarts. Their packaging is low on plastic and often consists of paper bags.

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Chandos Deli (Henleaze)

97 Henleaze Road, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4JP – view map

Chandos Deli, which has branches in Clifton, Henleaze, and the centre, sells wonderful locally roasted Brian Wogan coffee, sandwiches made with local cheeses and hams, and a great range of own-made cakes – the chocolate brownies are especially good, and so are the savoury lunch-sized tarts. Their packaging is low on plastic and often consists of paper bags.

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Chandos Deli (Quakers Friars)

Quakers Friars, Bristol, BS1 3DX – view map

Chandos Deli, which has branches in Clifton, Henleaze, and the centre, sells wonderful locally roasted Brian Wogan coffee, sandwiches made with local cheeses and hams, and a great range of own-made cakes – the chocolate brownies are especially good, and so are the savoury lunch-sized tarts. Their packaging is low on plastic and often consists of paper bags.

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Chandos Deli (Whiteladies Road)

Chandos Deli, which has branches in Clifton, Henleaze, and the centre, sells wonderful locally roasted Brian Wogan coffee, sandwiches made with local cheeses and hams, and a great range of own-made cakes – the chocolate brownies are especially good, and so are the savoury lunch-sized tarts. Their packaging is low on plastic and often consists of paper bags.

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Corks of Cotham

Reviewed by JS 11/06

54 Cotham Hill, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6JX – view map

One of the few independent wine merchants in Bristol, Corks stocks a wide range of British beers, with at least 80 varieties available at any one time.

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Dave Giles Butcher

170 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8NU – view map

Here is a butcher that takes the time to serve you and answer your questions – Dave Giles has been around for 16 years and 80% of his products are locally sourced, both organic and non-organic.

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Dig In

Reviewed by JC 8/11

229 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9HL – view map

Dig In sells a tasty selection of fruit & vegetables alongside a range of other food and drink. Where they can, they source locally: apple juices; jams, chutneys and honey from Keynsham; eggs from Chew Valley; ‘Lovely’ fizzy drinks from Barrow Gurney; various fruit vinegars plus 56 different types of dried herbs and flower teas. They also have a small deli selection which includes amongst others, olives, sundried tomatoes and wheat free cous cous.

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Earthbound

8 Abbotsford Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6HB – view map

Earthbound sells 90% organic products, but all the vegetables, fruit, bread and milk are organic. Fruit and veg are sourced as locally as possible, with deliveries from organic farms and co-ops in Somerset, Devon, and Wales. Imported produce is not flown. Bread is from Herberts and grocery items are sourced locally where possible, and also where available from small producers, with jams and chutneys from Stroud and from Wales and organic ice cream from Cornwall.

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East Bristol Bakery

Reviewed by AB 11/13

112 St Marks Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JD – view map

Local bread made from local ingredients, sweet and savoury products as well. Organic eggs, marmalade and jams.

Real bread with no unnecessary ingredients. Taditional loaves, daily specials, and tasty sweet treats that include gluten-free and vegan offerings.

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Food For All Co-operative shop

Unit 4, The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 9JN – view map

Hartcliffe Health & Environment Action Group (HHEAG) is an established community group based in South Bristol. It is managed by residents whose vision is for local people to have the same opportunity as in other communities, to live healthy and fulfilled lives, in a cared-for environment.

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Gardners Patch

Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AR – view map

Gloucester Road suffers a good deal of traffic, and so the Gardners patch is well situated for trade and mermerising flashing light by the zebra crossing.

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Harvest Natural Foods

11 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AA – view map

At the back of the shop there are a few steps which lead up to the weigh-it-on-your-own dry goods section. The steps separate a wooden herringbone from pale linoleum, and both parts of the shop are lit starkly by translucent squares in the suspended ceiling. Even with the faint reggae soundtrack, there’s rather a feeling of being in a hospital corridor.

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Herbert’s Bakery

Reviewed by JP 4/4/06

Wellington Avenue, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5HP – view map

A family run bakery since the 1960s, Herbert’s bakes a range of breads and cakes on the Montpelier site using flour from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire.

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La Ruca

89 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AS – view map

Some wholefoods shops seem to contain all the things you want, and others lean more towards things to which you’re almost entirely indifferent. Here, we find Duchy Originals Marmalade, made in Somerset, which is exactly what breakfast asks of us. And there is the Lyme Regis Dark Chocolate Marzipan – once discovered, never forgotten.

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Mark’s Bread

Reviewed by JS 4/11

Mark's Bread, 291 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JU – view map

All bread is made with specialist organic flours from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire. Some breads are ‘wild breads’, made with levain or sourdough with no commercial yeast. Others are ‘yeasty breads’. All are made by slowly and gently by hand without additives, improvers or stabilizers.

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Monika’s Delicatessen

Reviewed by J H-S 25/6/07

17 Cotham Road South, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6JX – view map

Monikas in Kingsdown is really good, especially for indian food (much of it homemade) and organic products, they also have the cricket on 24/7!

They also sell Herbert's bread.

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Nature’s Genius

Reviewed by JL 4/11

773 Fishponds Road, Bristol, BS16 3BS – view map

Nature’s Genius stock local products, as well as organic food, supplements, ecological products, gluten/wheat-free products, raw food and vegan food.

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Organique

172 Wells Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 2AL – view map

Organique is a great addition to the Totterdown area. A fantastic shop selling everything from Hobbs House bread, local produce, and west country cheeses to a huge range of organic and fair trade chocolate!

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Pieminister

24 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PR – view map

All ingredients for their handmade pies are sourced from the West Country, with the exception of the lemon grass. Only free-range eggs are used in the pastry, and the company has a full traceability policy for all of their ingredients.

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Radford Mill organic farm shop

Reviewed by JP 4/4/06

41 Picton Street, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5PZ – view map

Although the namesake farm in Timsbury supplies only some of the vegetables for sale, the criterion of organic is more closely adhered to. The purchase of local goods is made preferentially wherever possible.

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Rare butchers of Southville (formerly Wherlock’s)

250 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JD – view map

Well labelled meats with some local suppliers – Pork from Gloucestershire, Lamb from the Mendips, Sandridge Farm bacon (Wiltshire). Sausages made on the premises eg: Mendip lamb and mint. Chew Valley Eggs, local cheddar and pickles.

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Reg the Veg

Reviewed by FR 2/10

6 Boyce's Avenue, Clifton Village , Bristol, BS8 4AA – view map

Reg the Veg is a Clifton institution, but since September 2009 it has been under new management and it shows. Thomas Hagon, ably assisted by his Dad, John, have bought the business and aim to specialise in local and exotic produce.

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Scoopaway

113 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AT – view map

Scoopaway is good, clean, scoop action in clear acrylic with no pretension. Gold Hits are on the radio, and it’s lino on the floor. There’s a good selection of local jars here: honey, notably, from Gloucestershire and Avon, plus an all-you-could-ever-want selection of preserves from Keynsham: Lemon Curd, Tartare Sauce, Horseradish… There are the Pertwood Farm cereals from Wiltshire, Welsh Eggs, the Somerset Dairy, and Bean Sprouts from Hereford.

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Sheepdrove Farm Butchers

Reviewed by MC 20/4/06

3 Lower Redland Road, just off Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS6 9TB – view map

All meat is organic, supplied by the Sheepdrove farm at Lambourn, Berkshire. Eggs from Dorset. Books, organic wine, Sheepdrove honey and wholemeal flour milled on the farm.

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Source

Reviewed by JS 8/11

1-3 Exchange Avenue, St Nicholas Market, Bristol, BS1 1JW – view map

Situated in the heart of Bristol’s historic St Nicholas Market, Source offers a unique food experience where you can buy the freshest produce from the shop and eat from a seasonally changing menu.The daily menu showcases the range of produce available from a network of suppliers whether it is local Old Spot pork or Cornish mackerel.

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Southville Deli

Reviewed by JS

262 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1JA – view map

Wholefoods from Essential Trading. Some local cheeses (Cornish Yarg, Stinking Bishop, Somerset Brie, Somerset Rambler) and dairy products (butter and yoghurt from Yeo Valley/Rachel’s Dairy, organic milk from Somerset Dairies). Martin Pitt free range eggs. Tyrells crisps. Bath Ales, Bristol Beer Factory beer and local ciders. Herbert’s bread and many other local goodies including Bristol chocolates.

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Southville Deli (Redfield)

259-261 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9HT – view map

We have our full range of local & organic products on offer.
Open from 8.30am-6.30pm Monday-Friday, and 8.30am-6pm Saturday.

Also at:
262 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JA

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Stoneground

5 The Mall, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4DP – view map

As its name would imply, this shop in the heart of Clifton Village puts a huge emphasis on all that is wholesome and as far as possible, local. Just check out this list of just some of their locally produced produce: Bordeaux Quay bread, Manor Farm milk (organic and unhomogenised), Barrington Park organic free-range eggs, Pieminster pies, Leigh Court Farm organic vegetables and cheeses from the Fine Cheese company of Bath.

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T & P A Murray

153 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8BA – view map

Behind the aerosol cityscape of Bristol lie words we like to hear: ‘if it’s able to be sourced locally, it is. We pay a fair price to the farmer for a quality product which we sell at a fair price. People want more fat on their chops so that’s what we give them.’ Sounds like a mantra for ethical butchery.

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The Bristol Sausage Shop

28–30 The Glass Arcade, St Nicholas Markets, Bristol, BS1 1LJ – view map

Although the staff at the Bristol Sausage Shop say that we ‘shouldn’t put local ahead of quality’, having farming regions on all sides means that both criteria can be met without too much difficulty.

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The Butternut Deli

Reviewed by EP 6/07 updated JS 2/09

341 Church Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 8AQ – view map

Lucy Morgan has been selling yummy things at markets around the West Country for some time, but opened the Butternut Deli in 2006. The kitchen is situated at the back of the shop, and as food leaves the oven it’s on the table for sale! This is fresh as it gets!

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The Real Olive Company

Reviewed by JS 2/09

St Nicholas Market, The Glass Arcade, Bristol, BS1 1LJ – view map

While a lot of the Real Olive Company stock cannot by its nature be locally-sourced, the company has set up the Real Artisan Bakery to supply bread to its shops.

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Wild Oats

Reviewed by JM 14/2/06

9-11 Lower Redland Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6TB – view map

For those who prefer that human touch, to handle real products and talk to genuinely friendly real people, Wild Oats is a Real Shop – for all your Real Foods. Real Groceries, Frankenstein-free and Organic Food Supplements.

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