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Welcome to Essential’s new website! We hope you’ll enjoy our improved look, user-friendly navigation, new features and some exclusive content around our 50th anniversary.

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Our collection service is up and running again! You can collect your order from our large Fishponds warehouse.


The Bristol Local Food Fund Project

One in twenty households in Bristol experience moderate to severe food insecurity. It’s a rapidly growing problem due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic and the deep inequalities that already exist in our society. In October 2021, a new initiative named the Bristol Local Food Fund was launched to help community food projects tackle food insecurity in communities that experience the greatest disadvantages. The project launched with a crowdfunder campaign and has so far raised over £60,000, with plans for continued growth. The fund aims to bring Bristol together - especially our incredible local independent food sector and its customers - around a core vision of building a city of food justice for all. Essential have been a key supporter of the project, funding all video production costs and offering rewards to the crowdfunder campaign. You can still support Bristol Local Food Fund by donating via the crowdfunding page:"