Want to eat meat, but care about how it’s been produced? This handy list covers some of the best places to find high-welfare meat Cardiff.
This list is based on my own research and knowledge – you may also be able to find high welfare meat in other restaurants and shops not on this list. If you know someone I’ve missed, please give me a shout and I’ll add them below.
TO COOK AT HOME
If you’d rather make your own bacon sarnies and eat them in your pyjamas, below I have listed some places where you can buy high-welfare meat to cook at home.
Sadly, sourcing locally or independently is not a catch-all guarantee of higher welfare, nor is simply shopping with a local butcher. It’s worth remembering that up to 70% of UK farm animals are reared in intensive systems, and there’s no law requiring food labels to say how an animal has been raised (except for whole hens’ eggs). The best way to know the welfare of the meat you are buying is to be proactive and to ask – any decent supplier or butcher should be able to tell you the specifics.
For more information on what welfare labels to look for when shopping for meat, visit: https://www.ciwf.org.uk/your-food/know-your-labels.
An excellent place to pick up organic meat, sustainable seafood, free-range eggs, and lots of other goodies, all from local Welsh suppliers. They are usually based in Rhiwbina every Friday, Roath every Saturday, and Riverside every Sunday morning. See a full list of stallholders offering home delivery by clicking here. To find out more about the market, have a listen to this episode of the Hank Cardiff podcast.
Situated at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, the Oriel Jones’ family farm has long been renowned for quality meat, particularly Welsh lamb, but they also pride themselves on their reputation for superior Welsh beef. They have a butcher shop on Cowbridge Road in Canton, but they also have what they call a ‘modern meat shop’ on Cathedral Road, where you can get bacon sarnies cooked to order, and also buy oven-ready meals and pies. It’s worth checking the welfare on some of the oven-ready meals as I think they source some of these from other suppliers.
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This award winning butchers in Whitchurch opened shop in 2000 and have in time built up a reputation of suppling high quality meat and poultry to the people of Cardiff, with 90% of all meat locally sourced within Wales. They also supply a number of Cardiff restaurants and pop-ups, including Ember, Nook, and Cocorico Patisserie. It is worth doing a bit of digging when it comes to the poultry on offer though, as their supplier Soanes, rear both free range and non-free range birds – be sure to ask which it is that you’re getting.
Discover Delicious (online)
Discover Delicious offer a range of 100% Welsh meat boxes for home delivery, using suppliers including the organic Rhug Estate in North Wales. Bred to the highest standards, Rhug Estate organic meat is served in a number of Michelin starred restaurants across the globe -a true testament of its quality.
Carn Edwards (online)
All of the longhorn cattle on Carn Edwards farm in Pembrokeshire are pasture grazed, and when winter arrives are housed and fed on grass silage round bales made in early summer. They offer free delivery on online meat sales of £70 or more.
Eating out? Here’s where you’ll find high-welfare meat on the menu.
The team behind these gorgeous Cardiff Spanish restaurants pride themselves on the fact that their meat is ‘impeccably sourced’; from using rare breed pigs for their pork, to ex-dairy 12 yr old cows for their succulent steaks. Bar 44 specialises in Tapas, whilst Asador 44 headlines on top-quality meat, fish & veg cooked over fire.
Dusty Knuckle (Pizza)
These guys are so passionate about ethical food they even went on a fundraising pilgrimage to Naples in the name of Slow Food International, (find out more about that in this podcast.) In 2018 they won people’s choice at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good awards, and The Times has also called them one of the 25 top pizza restaurants in the UK.
Jon and Rosie use high welfare franks from The Grid Iron Company to stuff their delicious buns (which are made locally by Friends in Knead). The traditional Frankfurters are made with outdoor reared, Gloucester Old Spot pork from Mount Grace farm in North Yorkshire, and each is made by hand using the best pork and natural casings before being lightly smoked over wood chips.
Hang Fire (BBQ)
I first wrote about the Hangfire offering years ago, when they were still a pop-up based at a local pub. Now, they have a permanent home in Barry, serving up their award-winning BBQ from a custom-made Argentinian Parilla grill. Though they’ve grown, sourcing high welfare meat is still of huge importance to them, though I am not sure who the suppliers are since they expanded.
The Heathcock (Gastropub)
Locality and seasonality are the key components of The Heathcock menu. Sharing dishes are a big deal too – from pies, to slow cooked lamb shoulders or whole Welsh baked seabass.
Pie Minister (Pies)
This trendy Bristolian chain restaurant specialises in delicious, affordable free range meat pies (oh and there’s veggie ones and ‘lighter’ 440 calorie ones too). They have a big focus on sustainability, a cool, contemporary interior, and they do take-away too.
Paternoster Farm (Field to Fork street food)
Paternoster Farm (formerly known as Slow Pig) creates an ever changing menu of pork & beef dishes made with meat from their very own herds of free-range woodland pigs and buffalo. This is field-to-fork eating in its truest form. Based in Pembrokeshire, you can find them at pop-up events and festivals around the city.
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Charcuterie making. Exciting stuff. My sausage skills are improving. All natural skins. Tying could do with some work. Sobrasada, mutton salami with harissa & preserved lemon, morcilla, and incredible lardo cured for six months now ready to sample ⚡️ . . #nosetotail #freerangefarming #welshcharcuterie #morcilla #blackpudding #sobrasada #stagionello
Shake Shack (Burgers)
Didn’t expect to have these guys on the list – a nice surprise! This American burger chain is rumoured to be Obama’s favourite, and the Cardiff one was the first UK one outside London. They also use free-range bacon, Neals Yard organic cheeses and Jimmy’s Farm sausages!
Spit & Sawdust (Burgers)
All of the food at this cafe is homemade, they source their meat from local farmers who give them plenty of outside space to roam free. All of their eggs are free-range and they use organic and local produce as much as possible. Not bad for a skate park cafe!
The Stable (Pizza & Pies)
Established in 2009 in Bridport, this mini chain of restaurants is steadily growing, with the latest in Cardiff. Loads of free-range chicken and local, Trealy Farm produce on the menu which is centred around pizzas and pies. Oh, and proper cider too.
The Tidy Kitchen (Catering Co)
Tidy Kitchen head chef Laura has worked for a number of celebrity clients ranging from key members of Formula 1 to chart topping celebrities and British Rock Stars – but now she’s back home in Wales running a catering company with a difference. Laura is committed to the future sustainability of the food world – she says “for us, the way in which the meat has been reared and the vegetables have been grown needs to be forward thinking and show respect for our environment.”
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Last night I had the absolute pleasure of catering a fab hen party in #Bristol 🎉 bespoke menu for the bride to be, huge salads with Middle Eastern touches and light lemon desserts so the dancing can carry on all evening! Wonderful gang, sending congratulations and hope the hangovers aren’t too bad 🥂
This chain restaurant uses fresh, exciting ingredients to make Mexican street-food with higher-than-average welfare meat and sustainable fish – they’ve even picked up awards for their high-welfare chicken & pork.
Know any others I have missed? Drop me a note in the comments below and let me know.