The Meadow is now well into it's first year of trading in Britain's smallest city, St Davids. We are surrounded by incredible local farmers and producers as well as the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline. With all of this in mind as well as an aim to be true to our beliefs, we have recently joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association. In doing this we have become part of a growing community of like-minded businesses which together can help each other. From the way we source ingredients, to how we interact with society and our impact on the environment.
There are many ways in which any business can improve and, as with most things, you can only do it one step at a time. So, we will be completing a rating to see how we're doing so far then setting goals so that we can improve over time.
One thing that we are very passionate about and keen to develop is how we source our ingredients. Our goal is to use ethically sourced, wholesome ingredients from local and Welsh suppliers, wherever possible. We want to celebrate local at every opportunity. Not only does this benefit the local community and environment, but for us, developing relationships with other small businesses is so much more interesting and meaningful than buying from larger corporations.
Since we opened last year, we have developed relationships with local suppliers of bread, meat, milk, eggs, vegetables and coffee.
Our bread comes from Welsh Bakery in Haverfordwest and is delivered by the founder's grandson Rob. Our coffee beans are roasted by the wonderful Scott at Coaltown Coffee in Ammanford. The 'Egg Man' Rod comes weekly from his farm in North Pembrokeshire to deliver trays of eggs, Gill from organic Perennial Nursery delivers our organic salad leaves to order and Adam from local Trehale Farm brings rare breed local sausages twice a week. The wooden signs you can see about the place are created by Ben of Pallet Man Pembrokeshire. Oh and our carpenter and local smallholder, Andy brings excess seasonal vegetables such as courgettes for us to buy, as they are available!
Other suppliers are local and ethical, such as Upton Farm in Pembroke and Essential Trading in Bristol. However, produce sin't always produced locally. Next step is reviewing each item we buy and, through links with other SRA members to see how we can improve the transparency of the supply chain, one product at a time.
Watch this space!