Posted 13th August 2014
Since moving to Cotham and becoming a mummy, my food shopping habits have changed. The bright lights, trolleys and tannoys of the supermarkets are considerably more stressful than convenient to handle with baby in tow.
By comparison, nipping in and out of the local shops of Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft and Picton Street is much calmer (and often cheaper!). If I’m lucky, my Bristol Foodie baby might even have a nap in the process!
Love Bristol Pop-Up Bakery, Cheltenham Road
Look for the massive Boycot Tesco street art above the bakery – you can’t miss it. Bread and cakes are provided by two local bakers (one in Montpelier). My personal favourite is a fennel seed sourdough which can often be found in the £1 bread box – bargain!
Whilst the croissants are somewhat comme ci comme ca, the other danishes on offer make for a very tasty breakfast treat – I personally love the pain au raisin here. Chocolate brownies, eccles cakes and banana bread are all sold here regularly and the gluten free treats on a friday are certainly worth checking out.
C&T Licata and Son, Picton Street , Montpelier
I really love C&T Licata, and shop here very regularly now. Prices are something of a mismatch, some things are a little on the pricey side as you would expect from a little shop, but there are some real bargains to be had – especially if its Italian ingredients you are on the lookout for.
At £5.40 a bottle, the cheap and cheerful sangiovese red wine is very good value and tastes great. I’m also a big fan of the half portions of panettone (£1.70) and cannot get enough of the homemade portions of tiramisu (£1.85 ea).
Other favourite ingredients from her are the olive oil and red wine vinegar – at a couple of quid each you really can’t go wrong. The napoli sausages – traditional italian sausages bursting with meaty flavour which have transformed my toad-in-the-hole and sausage casserole staples to something above and beyond. Finally its worth mentioning the cheese, if its parmesan that you are looking for there’s really no point in going anywhere else. Great value and great quality on the doorstep.
P.s. Licata is open until 7pm on weeknights so there’s time to pop in and pick something up on your way home from work – even better!
Radford Mill Farm Shop, Picton Street , Montpelier
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Not a huge shop but the place to come for free range and organic fruit and veg and some quality foodstuffs from Radford Mill Farm in Somerset. If by this point in your shopping expedition you are feeling tired, you can also pop next door to Katie & Kim’s pop up kitchen for coffee, cake and lunch (full review here)
Oxley’s Family Butcher’s, Cheltenham Road (by the Arches)
A brilliant butchers, run by third generation butcher, John Oxley. Well priced and full of knowledge and recommendations and offering seasonal produce as well as the all-year-round sort of mea. Oxley’s source most of their produce from within 20 miles of Bristol and burgers and sausages are made on the premises -they also offer some pretty tasty gluten free sausages. Some of my favourites from here are the ribeye steaks and the lamb chops.
Of course in addition to these are many more cafes where you can go for sandwiches, salads, cakes, coffees and more to enjoy in and to take away.