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Five of the Best


Top food firsts in Sparkland


1) The Soil Association. Based in Bristol and founded in 1946, the Soil Association is the UK’s leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.


2) Harvest Natural Foods. The original vegetarian wholefood workers' co-operative, established in 1971 and still going strong, with shops in Bristol and Bath.


3) Hambledon Herbs. Based on an organic farm in Wiltshire, Hambledon’s launched the UK’s first ever range of certified organic herbs in 1985, following that with a range of organic herb teas four years later.


4) Better Food Company: Bristol’s first organic supermarket in Sevier Street, St Werburghs, opened in 2002, but its roots were established back in the mid ’80s, when owner Phil Haughton set up Real Food - Bristol’s first organic store – on Gloucester Road, going on to establish the city’s first organic butchers next door. Open six days a week, from 9am.


5. Woodruffs: Woodruff’s lays claim to being Britain’s first ever totally organic café. Arranged over two floors, with a family room upstairs containing toys and high chairs, the café is proud of the support it gets from the local community. Says co-owner Adam Farmer: “Being on the High Street means that we get a lot of passing trade, but we’ve got a lot of regulars too. A lot of local businesses use us and even bring their own coffee cups in.” The specials board changes daily, and there’s always something available for people on restrictive diets.

24 High Street, Stroud. Tel: 01453 762 250


First published issue 42 (Autumn 2005)

Written by Darryl Bullock

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