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We Have the Best Beef – It’s Official!


You may not be aware that Elvis was born in Llandovery on 11th April, 2014.  No, not that one.  I’m referring to the champion beef steer.
Our Elvis did fantastically well at the fat stock shows this winter, including first in his class at the Welsh Winter Fair and Champion Home Bred Steer at Birmingham’s own English Winter Fair.

As you can see from the photos, he was a handsome beast.

Subsequently he was Champion fat stock and show at Ludlow Market and then sold.

I am pleased to announce that we have recently taken delivery of this prime beef and it is currently available in our shop.  Why not treat yourself to what you can really describe as the best beef.

But you had best be quick – before you know it Elvis will have left the building…

Pop along and visit us at our smart refurbished Hucclecote premises, give us a call on 01452 536942 or browse our website rkcreese.co.uk.
Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

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Congratulations!!

We're delighted to let you know that Sue from Abbeymead was the lucky winner of the £50 voucher for our Christmas draw!  Well done Sue ... enjoy!!  

We'll keep you posted of any further prize draws!  

Rod & Kim ... 

 

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Curry Favour with Curry Flavours!

Don’t get me wrong, I like a roast turkey Christmas dinner with all the trimmings as much as the next man. And I’m always ready for some cold leftovers on Boxing Day with pickles and Bubble and Squeak. 

By Day Three, though, my interest is diminishing, unlike the never-ending bird still occupying the majority of our fridge.  The answer?  A turkey curry!

As it happens, we are pleased to be the only outlet in the area retailing the famous products of The Curry Sauce Company.  They are an independent company established in 1997 and based in Arundel, West Sussex. Their proud boast is that their products allow you to produce restaurant quality meals in your own homes and I can happily testify that this is the case.

The preparation time is minimal and there is no need to even chop an onion!  They currently offer a selection of ten different sauces in 475g pots.  These include Red and Green Thai Curry, Rogan Josh, best with lamb, and a mild Malaysian Rendang sauce. 

Back to that turkey – what would we recommend?  It all depends on taste, of course.  The children may prefer a mild Korma or creamy Makhani.  For the grown-ups, a spicy Jalfrezi or hot Madras may be the order of the day.  Then again, you can always take advantage of that mound of meat and make a couple of curries!

When you order your turkey and trimmings from us, why not get in a couple of The Curry Sauce Company’s sauces. Pop along and visit us at oursmart refurbished Hucclecote premises,give us a call on 01452 536942 or browse our website rkcreese.co.uk.

Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

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We’re Backing Becki!

Meet Becki!  

Becki is one of our "Saturday girls" and is proud to play for Forest Green Rovers Ladies 2nd XI.  I'm really pleased to announce that we are now one of the sponsors for the FGR Ladies teams.  

The first XI play in the Southern Division of the Women’s Premier League and their home matches are at Slimbridge.  The reserves play at Nailsworth and compete in the South West Women’s Football League.  Forest Green Rovers also run female teams at under 16 and under 14 levels.

Now I wouldn’t dream of saying that our products make Becki a better player, but they can’t do any harm, can they!

Rod and Kim Creese Butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

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Special Bangers for Fireworks Night!

Did you know that British Sausage Week is here?  This annual event will run from 2nd November to 8th November this year.

To coincide with this, why not celebrate Bonfire Night with some of our speciality bangers!  We are pleased to offer these fantastic flavours, guaranteed to make your party go with a bang:

  • Leek and Ginger
  • Cider & Apple
  • Gloucester

You don’t need a special occasion to try our sausages, of course.  We find them ideal for a midweek supper.  A warming casserole is just right as the nights are drawing in and the weather begins to turn colder.  

All our meat is locally sourced, produced using traditional techniques and served by a friendly face.  Pop along and visit us at our refurbished Hucclecote premises, give us a call on 01452 536942 or browse our website rkcreese.co.uk.

Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

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Makeover Celebrated in Style!

We were expecting a few customers to come along and help us celebrate our shop refurbishment but the response on the day was nothing short of staggering!

On a normal Saturday we just have three members of staff but we made sure there were ten of us and we were all kept busy throughout the day.  We prepared a traditional hog roast which was very well received.

In addition we were offering samples of some of our speciality sausages and burgers and we seemed to make quite a few new converts.  We also offered samples of Mrs Darlington’s delightful chutneys and preserves and can confirm that we are proud to be the exclusively chosen local supplier for these tasty treats.

To top it all off, we were excited to welcome back the current Miss Cheltenham, Sophie Lydia Smith.  I say “welcome back” because Sophie used to be our Saturday girl.

As Sophie explained in her weekly Gloucestershire Echo column, “I had a great time opening the newly revamped Rod & Kim Creese Butchers in Hucclecote.  It was a bit different to the usual scissors cutting the ribbon as I used a huge butcher’s knife!”

Sophie added that “my first proper job was working as a Saturday girl at this very butchers for many years.  They took me on and taught me their strong business values, hard work ethic and customer service.”

Many thanks to everyone who came along and helped us celebrate, including Sophie.  We hope you all had as good a time as we did!

If you are looking for locally sourced meat, produced using traditional techniques and served by a friendly face pop along and visit Rod and Kim Creese at their refurbished Hucclecote premises or contact them on 01452 536942 or at their website rkcreese.co.uk.

Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

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Come and get the taste experience! 

Rod & Kim Creese have been supplying Hucclecote and the local community with quality locally sourced meat products for nearly 20 years from their traditional family run butchers shop in Hucclecote Road and they felt it was time for a little makeover and to celebrate would like invite you all to a little party to show off the new and exciting changes that have been made.

On Saturday 3rd October between10am and 12noon, Rod and Kim Creese will be throwing open the doors of their newly refurbished shop where you can come and enjoy a free Hog Roast plus tasters of homemade Sausages and Burgers and even a chance to win a RK Creese Meat Voucher in our FREE Prize Draw

The official opening will be performed by former RK Creese Saturday Girl and current Miss Cheltenham, Sophie Lydia Smith. 

RK Creese is also the exclusive supplier locally of Mrs Darlington’s delicious range of Jams, Chutneys plus other preserves and samples of these will be on the menu too. 

So come along and support your local butcher, try some great tasting food and see how Rod & Kim Creese can supply you top quality meat products at prices that would make supermarkets squirm! 

See You There!

PS: Don’t forget to invite your family & friends too!

 

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Celebrating English Beef!

Think of England and think of cricket, St George’s flag, flat beer and roast beef!

As it happens, it is British Roast Dinner Week from Monday 28th September to Sunday 4th October so let’s take a closer look at English roast beef.

The Roast Beef of Old England was written in 1731.  Once sung as an unofficial national anthem, it still gets a regular airing in the Royal Navy officer’s mess:

When mighty Roast Beef was the Englishman's food,

It ennobled our brains and enriched our blood.

Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good

Oh! The Roast Beef of old England,

And old English Roast Beef  

Breeding cattle for meat, rather than dairy, seems to have originated in England during the 15th Century.  Classic breeds such as Hereford, Galloway, South Devon and Aberdeen Angus are now bred around the world but research has proved that English beef still tastes better.  The reason is simply down to diet.  

Cattle bred in England are fed on what they would normally eat, unlike in many other parts of the world.  This means grass and fodder made from it, such as silage and hay.  Grass fed meat is not only tastier but also healthier, containing more vitamins and less fat and fewer fatty acids.

Our beef today is safer and healthier than it has ever been.  We don’t eat as much of it as our ancestors did, however.  Best-selling 19th Century lifestyle book The Cook’s Oracle recommended eating a whopping 3 kg of meat a week!  We do still love a Sunday roast though.  All together now:

Oh! The Roast Beef of old England

If you are looking for locally sourced meat, produced using traditional techniques and served by a friendly face then visit Rod and Kim Creese at their Hucclecote premises or contact them on 01452 536942 or at their website …

Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

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A perfectly cooked steak is one of the most succulent dishes you can enjoy.  Here’s how to go about it.

First, select your steak:

Fillet.  Known as the most tender of steaks, it is also the most expensive.

Sirloin and Rib Eye.  Arguably not as tender as fillet, they can be much tastier due to their fat cover.

Rump.  The least expensive frying steak but reckoned by many to be the tastiest, especially if dry aged for 21 days.

Having selected your meat, here’s how to cook it.

• Make sure your steak is at room temperature and your pan as hot as possible.  Lightly oil your steak, preferably with rape seed oil as this has a higher flash point, and season well to your taste.

• Place the steak flat in the pan and cook on the highest heat for 2 minutes.  Do not attempt to move the steak about.

• Remove the steak and allow the pan to heat up again.  Then place steak back in the pan, undercooked side down, for a further 2 minutes.

• Place the steak on a pre-warmed plate for 4 minutes while you make the sauce.

• Use brandy or whisky to deglaze the pan and allow it to cool a little.  Add butter, cream and green pepper corns to the juices in the pan, adding any additional juice from the steak itself.

You can now serve your steak with a little of the sauce.  It will be rare or medium rare.  Serve with your choice of salad or vegetables.  Our preference would simply be chunky chips and a full bodied red wine.  Enjoy!   

If you are looking for locally sourced meat, produced using traditional techniques and served by a friendly face then visit Rod and Kim Creese at their Hucclecote premises or contact them on 01452 536942 or at their website …

Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

 

In January earlier this year, Rod & Kim Featured in Come Dine With Me!  (Well, nearly)  Channel 4’s ever-popular show Come Dine With Me featured the current Miss Cheltenham, Sophie Lydia Smith, as one of their contestants.

When Sophie hosted her episode, she introduced her fellow contestants to none other than her good friend, Mr England, who served aperitifs in the garden of her Royal Crescent home.  Her starter was crab tian with balsamic reduction and was followed by her speciality main course, lemon and thyme chicken with multi coloured carrots.

There followed an interval during which Sophie revealed that she worked in the construction industry.  She is a building surveyor and is passionate about encouraging more women to work in the industry.  Sophie allowed another passion to shine through as she conducted the guests through a highly entertaining beauty pageant on her stairs!

Finally they all returned to the table to enjoy Sophie’s dessert, chocolate fondant.  The food and entertainment were certainly a big hit with her guests who subsequently voted her as the show’s winner for that week!

So what is the connection with Rod and Kim Creese?  Not only had Sophie worked as a Saturday girl for over 4 years at Rod & Kim Creese Butchers, they also supplied the succulent chicken that featured in Sophie’s award winning main dish, that’s what, highlighting the quality of the meat these friendly local butchers produce.

If you are looking for locally sourced meat, produced using traditional techniques and served by a friendly face then visit Rod and Kim Creese at their Hucclecote premises or contact them on 01452 617173 or at their website …

Rod and Kim Creese, butchers; local, traditional and friendly.

 

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