In the 1940s, Douglas Willis my grandfather, founded our first ‘grocers’ shop selling fresh game. A little bit later he moved in to a butcher’s shop and bought a farm with the ideology of supplying meat from pasture to plate, which is still maintained today.
We have beef from our very own herd of Welsh cattle and also Welsh lambs from our own and local farms in the beautiful Usk valley and we source the finest poultry and game from handpicked producers to ensure the principles of care and quality is maintained throughout.
In 1961, my father David joined the business. A few years later our business expanded to include 3 local retail shops.
In 1986 I joined the company working with my father in our retail shops. In late 80’s my father started the wholesale catering side of the business, providing meat to local businesses. My brother Sean joined the wholesale catering side in the 1990’s and we now supply hotels throughout South Wales and are proud to include The Celtic Manor amongst these.
My younger brother Greg left school at 16 and studied agriculture at Harper Adams Agricultural College. At 19 he went to America and gained valuable hands on experience on large farms. In 2007 he returned and has now been managing our farms for over 8 years.
The original ethos established by my Grandfather of “Never compromise quality or service and you will always have customers.” is still maintained today. Our long term goal has always been to provide high quality locally produced meat to a sustainable customer base ensuring customer loyalty and satisfaction.
The natural progression for our fresh meat shops was to offer “food to go” and outside catering, so Douglas Willis Retail expanded in 2010 and now provides a fresh and exciting takeaway food experience along with Speciality Catering Service – the complete eating experience. With our passion for food, first class service and eye catching presentation we have built up an enviable reputation in the catering world.
Whether you are looking for something to cook for dinner, a bite to eat for lunch, a full buffet service, hog roast, BBQ, carvery, wedding catering, Christmas party or birthday party to be catered for, Douglas Willis is here to help.
Douglas Willis Retail Ltd
Registered Office: 5 Grange Industrial Estate, Llanfrechfa Way, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 8HQ