• The Perfect Picnic + Alfresco Dining
    July 13, 2017
    July is the month where the sun is shining (fingers crossed) and the summer holidays truly begin. This can only mean picnics and alfresco dining become more popular. Whether it is an evening at home in the garden or a picnic in the park, here at Neil Powell, we've got you covered! This month we have created our version of a Boston Butt - the cut of meat typically used for pulled pork.  Boston butt is traditionally pork shoulder on the bone, but we've used pork shoulder with the bone removed, rolled and tied back into a joint. See the highlighted area in the diagram below (via We used this recipe from James Martin: This is just perfect for a lazy Sunday; leave it slowly cooking in the oven and then let the whole family dig in with fresh bread rolls and slaw. If you're heading outdoors for a day of activities, we also have a large range of picnic basket fillers. Each day the team in Abergavenny whip up a range of pastries, pies and savoury treats which are distributed to all of our stores. Along with cooked meats for sandwiches and salads, we have everything you need to keep the little ones full and of course, a feast for you. Watch our for our competition over on Facebook launching tomorrow - this one is not to be missed!  
  • Celebrating Father's Day
    June 13, 2017
    How will you be treating your dad this Sunday? Father's day is a great opportunity to cook some really great food and what better than a Herefordshire steak? It's certainly a favourite here at Neil Powell. We of course are lucky to have an abundance of great beef farmers right on our doorstep. One of our main suppliers is Jonny Morris from Willersley Court. Along with his eldest son, he rears his multi breed herd in the lush green meadows of the Wye Valley. It is only a short journey from the farm to our shops, keeping the food miles low and traceability high. We then hang the meat for the first stage of maturation, butcher all by hand and leave to age - making our process artisan and totally authentic. It might take a little longer than most, but the end result is a top quality and delicious tasting piece of meat for you to enjoy. How you enjoy your steak is a matter of taste, but we love a Cote de Boeuf, it is the ultimate man steak and will happily feed two, if he'll share! We recommend teaming it up with chunky hand-cut chips and some Herefordshire asparagus. Not sure what to buy? our in-store teams will be happy to guide you to your perfect steak and will also give you some useful tips on how best to prepare and cook. Order online or visit one of our stores in Hereford, Abergavenny, Ewyas Harold or Chepstow.
  • BLT
    British Sandwich week and the magnificent BLT is our favourite
    May 10, 2017
    It's #BritishSandwichWeek starting on the 14th May and who can't resist a bacon sandwich. Let's be honest the smell of bacon is enough to test the limits of many a vegetarian! To us the combination of the humble BLT is simply, food alchemy.
  • Getting the Flock ready for Easter
    April 6, 2017
    Easter is a great time to gather together friends and enjoy the very best seasonal food and drink. Nothing says Easter like a deliciously seasoned lamb dish.