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3 anything their customers are after, and take special orders for many of them. They also work with the ethically-minded Three Bags Full delivery service, so much of their top-drawer meat can be delivered to your door in Bath free of charge, by electric bike. hartley-farm.co.uk

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#3 Walter Rose & Son While still a traditional butchers, offering hand-made products and personal service, this family-run Devises outfit is a modern, forward-thinking one, which makes a point of changing with the times. It buys its meat direct from farms in order to maintain total transparency of provenance and welfare standards, and to keep prices fair. They can also deliver to your door (a service that’s totally free for local postcodes) and are keen to help customers on a budget get the best value and quality possible. They do this by championing affordable and often lesserloved cuts, and offering advice on how to cook them. There’s loads you can learn from the team here, and not just while buying your meat; they teach butchery classes, too. Here you will not only learn knife skills and get hands-on experience, but also find out about how the animals are reared and slaughtered. This multi-award winning butchers is popular with top local chefs, as well as big-name national pros in the food industry – and little wonder, too. walterroseandson.co.uk

#4 Molesworths of Henleaze The Molesworth story started in 2001, with the purchase of a large traditional retail butchers in Newport. They were all about the Gower salt marsh lamb, wild boar, venison, and free-range chicken from Newent. It was in 2009 that the team moved onto our patch in Briz, and rebranded to become the butchers we know today. Last year saw them open a second branch in Frampton Cotterell, too. They’ve kept many of their trusted Welsh suppliers, and focus on outdoor-reared, free-

5 range meats. You’ll also find local game here, too – a range that the team champions as perhaps under-loved but affordable meat, especially when it’s in plentiful supply in the right seasons. They also recommend offal for great value, and mutton – have a chat while you’re there about the best ways to cook it. Splashing out? Treat yourself to their salt marsh leg of lamb. henleazebutchers.co.uk

#5 Ruby & White Owner Adam Denton teamed up with pro butcher Dave Kelly to open this Whiteladies Road shop back in 2011. He wanted it to not only be somewhere that could supply Cowshed – his steak restaurant next door – but also the local community, allowing residents to cook the same great quality meat at home that the chefs were using in the restaurant. Said meat is West Country-reared, and comes from farms in Gloucestershire, Devon and Somerset. The team have solid relationships with each farmer, and share a common interest in the animals’ quality of life, which means they can be confident in terms of their welfare and ethical standards. Rearing the animals on additive-free feed, allowing them to grow slowly at a natural rate, and keeping them calm and stress-free means the resulting meat is going to be of the best possible quality, these guys say, and carry a far deeper flavour. The team are friendly and

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6 personable here; Ruby & White was always intended to be a relaxed and unintimidating environment to shop in – so feel free to chat to the staff and find out what cuts are great right now. rubyandwhite.com

#6 Larkhall Butchers Owner Peter Milton actually started work at Larkhall as a Saturday boy, in charge of scrubbing the floors and blocks for the butchers. Having risen through the ranks, he eventually bought the business two years ago, and has since been working to keep developing and improving its practices. For instance, the team have been forming strong relationships with local farms, as opposed to going to an abattoir for their meat. This not only helps to support these small, neighbouring producers and get the right price for both the farmer and the customer, but also means they have access to in-depth information on rearing methods and provenance. These guys are seeing the demand for organic meat steadily increase, and go to Whaddon Grove Farm, Stream Farm and Ivy House for everything from beef to chicken and even milk. Local charity Jamie’s Farm is another important supplier for these guys, who not only love their cause but the quality of their produce, too. larkhallbutchers.co.uk

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