Lunch with the kids Delicious (and very local) food
When it comes to sourcing local food and reducing food miles, fewer places in Bristol can compete with St Werburgh's City Farm Café.
Tucked away in the middle of a patchwork of thriving allotments, the café also stands next to a city farm that supplies the kitchen. The café is run by Leona Williamson, whose commitment to local food has won national recognition and awards.
It's popular with families with young children, who can stop off when visiting the farm animals next door. The kids' menu is sensibly priced and includes free-range pork sausage with potato wedges and baked beans (£3.95) and homemade baked fish fingers with organic peas and salad (£3.95). Adults, meanwhile, can tuck into lunches of smoked haddock kedgeree with soft-boiled egg and fresh herbs (£6.95) or free-range beef burgers with coleslaw and potato wedges (£6.95), both of which are also offered as children's portions.
The specials board changes every day and offers half-a- dozen options, with prices rarely going over £7, which considering the quality of the produce and generosity of portions is remarkable value.
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On the day I visited, specials included ling and smoked trout fishcakes with tartare sauce and salad leaves (£6.95) and a ploughman's comprising Cheddar, goats' cheese, balsamic onions and "City Farm" pickles with seven-seed sourdough baked by Mark's Bread in Ashton.
This is a kitchen run by chefs who genuinely get excited by hyper-local produce and whatever arrives through the door on the day.
I ordered the St Werburgh's City Farm-reared lamb and spicy potato burrito (£7.50), which was superior to any wrap I have eaten.
Rather than a soft and slimy tortilla with a measly filling, this fat parcel was baked until crisp on the outside and the filling was a delicious combination of shredded lamb shoulder (from an animal that had a happy life on the farm itself), chickpeas, cubes of spicy sweet potato.
On top, a slick of tomato sauce, a sprinkling of coriander and a dollop of soothing sour cream. The fragrant yellow rice and well-dressed salad leaves were faultless.
I didn't spot any desserts as such, so grabbed a moist and chewy date and raisin flapjack (£1.95) to eat later.