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 on the menu in Cardiff. I’ve done the research so you don’t have to…
The team behind these gorgeous Cardiff Spanish restaurants say their meat is ‘impeccably sourced’; from using rare breed pigs for their pork, to ex-dairy herd 12 yr old cows for their beef. Bar 44 specialises in Tapas, whilst Asador 44 headlines on top-quality grilled meats.
Cardiff RCMA Farmers Markets (Local produce)
Not a restaurant but 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 based in Roath every Saturday, and Riverside every Sunday morning. See a full list of stallholders here.
Charcutier (British Charcuterie)
Again not a restaurant, but these guys deserve a special mention. Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Liesel Taylor set up Charcutier in 2004 – drawing on the family tradition of livestock rearing and processing of meat products, they sought to explore the diverse range of meat products available world wide and learn how to make them here in Wales. They now supply restaurants all over Wales with their award-winning frankfurters, chorizo, black pudding and bacon, all made on-site at their traditional farm.
Dirty Bird (Fried Chicken)
You can get great finger lickin’ and free range fried chicken from this pop-up street food van – the quality of which has been overshadowed somewhat by their interesting logo. Catch them at Street Food Circus every summer.
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, and they use lots of produce from the aforementioned Charcutier. The Times has also called them one of the 25 top pizza restaurants in the UK.
Hang Fire (BBQ)
I reviewed the Hangfire offering years ago, when they were still a pop-up based at a local pub (see here). 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, they say high welfare is still important to them, though I am not sure where the meat is now sourced from.
Hearty Italian food makes up the seasonal menu at this restaurant chain owned by the main man himself, using free range chicken, sustainable fish and high welfare pork and beef. Some people love it, some people hate it, but at least Jamie is sticking to his principles when it comes to welfare.
Pie Minister (Pies)
This trendy Bristolian chain restaurant specialises in yummy 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 designed interior, and they do take-away pies too.
Slow Pig (Pork)
Another pop-up sensation, cooking up an ever changing menu of pork dishes made with meat from their very own herd of free-range woodland pigs. I absolutely LOVE these guys!
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 look after their animals and 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!
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 Potted Pig (British)
Focusing on seasonal menus and locally sourced products, this much-loved restaurant is situated in what used to be a bank vault. They have a free-range Pork Belly dish that’s always a hit.
Fresh, exciting Mexican street-food, made using higher-than-average welfare meat and sustainable fish – they’ve even picked up awards for their high-welfare chicken & pork.
Know any I have missed? Drop me a note in the comments below and let me know!