Bristol and Bedminster bid to become Portas Towns

Mary Portas and the Local Government Minister, Grant Shapps, have launched a competition to choose 12 towns to become “Portas Pilots”, with the winners benefiting from a share of £1million to help turn around their “unloved and unused” high streets. The cash incentive is offered to those towns that come up with the best High Street blueprints in a move that fulfils the first and last recommendations of Mary Portas’ High Streets Review, commissioned by the Prime Minister and published Read more [...]

Slow-roast shoulder of organic mutton recipe from Sheepdrove Farm!

Nick Rapps, the head butcher at Sheepdrove Organic Farm, is passionate about showing people how you CAN eat organic meat on a budget. This recipe works out at £2 a head. Slow-roast shoulder of organic mutton The secret to eating organic meat on a budget is to buy the cheaper cuts. Why are they cheaper? Because they take a bit longer to cook. This recipe uses mutton instead of lamb for added economy. Mutton is cheaper than lamb because it is fattier - the reason it is tastier, too. Choose Read more [...]

Halal meat for Bristol charities this Christmas season

The users of the Methodist Centre in Midland Road, and The Wild Goose in Stapleton Road will all have the chance of having a meal with halal meat this Christmas. Pak Butchers, based in Easton, have arranged a donation of halal meat to homeless, old and vulnerable people. Abdul Malik, the Managing director of Pak Butchers says “This is a great story for interfaith purposes over Christmas achieved also thanks to an established collaboration with the Old Market community who helped identifying Read more [...]

Pak Butchers: a point of view from Abdul Malik Introducing Abdul Malik Abdul Raoof Malik was born in Easton, Bristol in 1973. At the age of 19, he signed a lease to a butcher’s shop in Easton and named it Pak Butchers, meaning ‘clean and pure’. What ensued was a chain of independent butchers’ acting as the main supplier of halal meat to the South West. Pak Butchers have four shops in Bristol and one in Cardiff. What range of meat do you sell? We sell halal meat and poultry, lamb, mutton, beef and goat Read more [...]