Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym

Stoke Lane in Westbury-on-Trym has a great range of food shops, cafés, a prize-winning delicatessen, restaurants, three hairdressers, a card shop and even a little jewellers. But what have all these shops and businesses got in common? They all supported the Open Day of the Stoke Lane Community Garden on 9 June by donating some fantastic raffle prizes. The Stoke Lane Community Garden project started in September 2011, with a leaflet drop to local households and businesses in the area. This Read more [...]

Stokes Croft Markets Group

The Stokes Croft Markets Group was formed in 2011 by members of the community, and representatives from local businesses and organizations and supported by the local traders association. The role of the group is to establish if there is a need for a weekly market in the area. Stokes Croft has been labelled a ‘food dessert’ and the residents have a small choice of shopping outlets (convenience stores and small supermarkets) all of which have very limited ranges of fresh, healthy produce. The Read more [...]

North Street, Bedminster/Southville

North Street in Bedminster/Southville has a diverse range of food shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, charity and second-hand shops, salons and barbers, amongst others. In recent years, traders, community groups and the local Neighbourhood Partnership have all worked towards both physical street improvements and to towards bringing more activities and bustle to the street. This has included, in no particular order!: Traders have collectively bought hanging baskets to brighten-up their shop fronts. To Read more [...]

Stapleton Road

In 2011 residents and traders got together to look at ways of increasing trade and enhancing local pride. The road had been the victim of negative press coverage as a result of several serious incidents of street crime. The actions of a few were affecting the livelihood of the many and residents and traders had had enough. With support from senior figures in the police and council they set up Stapleton Road Working Group. The group drew up an action plan to target the immediate issues on the Read more [...]

St. Werburgh’s City Farm Cafe

‘When it comes to the ingredients served at St Werburghs City Farm Café in Bristol, Leona Williamson can think almost entirely in food yards.’ (Observer Food Monthly, 30th March 2008) In 2008 St Werburghs City Farm Café won the Observer Food Monthly award for outstanding ethical achievement. As much food as possible served at the café is organic, fair-trade, wild and local, including eggs, meat, vegetables and salad from St Werburghs City Farm. The city farm is literally yards away from Read more [...]

Tovey’s Seafood

Get to know your local fishmonger in Easton – the third generation Tovey’s seafood on Stapleton Road Tovey’s Seafood Ltd, 198-200 Stapleton Road, Bristol BS5 0NY tel: 0117 951 0987 Tovey’s Seafood is a third generation family business started in 1935 by William Tovey on Easton Road in Bristol, before moving to its current site on Stapleton Road in 1962. From here the business has grown and changed in the products that are sold, with more exotic fish brought in from 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 [...]

Better Food Company

Company: The Better Food Company Business: Organic and local food retailer Address: Shop & Café: The Bristol Proving House, Sevier St, St Werburghs, BS2 9QS Food Hall and Deli: 94 Whiteladies Rd, BS8 2QX Owner: Phil Haughton Website: “By making links with other like minded businesses, Better Food Company is building a more resilient food group with people at the core. If the company concentrates on retail and nurtures the partnership with the Community Farm and Read more [...]

Dig In, one year in

Dig In, 229 Church Road, Redfield Alex Thompson, a chippy, originally from Bradford and his girlfriend Chloe Lester, a youth worker from Bristol, took on the lease to 229 Church Road exactly a year ago and after three weeks of hard preparation, their new shop ‘Dig In’ opened its doors for the first time on 25 September 2010. The premises had been closed since Easter that year. When Chloe and Alex moved to Redfield from the Gloucester Road they found that there were far fewer local shopping Read more [...]

Mark’s Bread, Bedminster

Mark’s Bread, Bedminster Company: Mark’s Bread Business: Artisan/craft bakery Address: 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JU Tel: 07910 979 384 Owner: Mark Newman Email: Website: Mark’s Bread was established in 2009 by Mark Newman. It bakes and sells a wide range of breads including sourdough, rye and spelt loaves, wholemeal, baguette and ciabatta, cakes, croissants and buns. The bakery’s customers are local residents and businesses Read more [...]