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M E ATH E A DS HERE ARE SIX LOCAL BUTCHER SHOPS WHERE YOU CAN GRAB YOURSELF A QUALITY CUT OF MEAT, AND BE SURE ABOUT THE ETHICS THAT HELPED PRODUCE IT...

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Father and son Derek and Alistair Mead founded their adventure park in 2007, and were keen to include a butchery as part of the business. Now part of Puxton Farm Shop, the butchers sell pork and lamb from Puxton Park’s very own farm, within which the animals can roam as they please. Beef, meanwhile, comes from a local meat market, owned by the same family. This means that food miles are kept to a minimum, which is great for two reasons: the animals don’t have the potential stress of travelling, and

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consumers can rest assured they’re keeping their carbon footprint under control. Not only can you pick up your meat at this joint (ahem), but you can also learn the basics of butchery from the head butcher. Just £30 will get you pro knowlege and a pair of 8oz rump steaks to take home. That’s a juicy deal if ever we heard one. puxton.co.uk

#2 Hartley Farm A working livestock farm, Hartley opened its butchers and farm shop about a decade ago, to allow customers to buy produce direct from the farm itself. Located in the village of Winsley, just outside of Bath, these guys also work with a select few other farms in Box, Devizes, Radstock and Winsley itself. The animals these guys use have plenty of space to roam around and play in, meaning they burn energy and develop more slowly. This, owner and fifth generation farmer Tom Bowles tells us, means that more fat is laid down between the muscle fibres (think of that the all-important marbling in a great steak), so the meat becomes much more developed and flavoursome. Being a whole carcass butchers, these guys can get just about

Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68  
Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68  
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