Without doubt the best British supermarket on the quality food stakes. However, this - and its buying power - pitches its prices out of the everyday reach of many.
It's a good example of how all supermarkets have improved during the last few years.
You'll find a comprehensive fruit and vegetable department generally with interesting exotics, plus fresh herbs and organic vegetables; a meat and poultry section that includes items from farms which run on a free-range system, and meat that has been traditionally hung, without too much hurry; plus some seasonal game.
Like most supermarkets the fish counter relies too heavily on products that have previously been frozen, but their fishmongers are well trained and can give useful cooking advice.
On the cheese front they have to stock basic factory made plastic-wrapped varieties, but there are also many specialist cheeses on offer. Similarly the charcuterie looks impressive but relies on fast moving items, rather than better specialist products.
Their bread is of a standard and variety undreamt of by supermarkets, and most bakers, only a decade ago.
Their decision to introduce produce from local producers is another step in the right direction.
- Open: Mon-Fri 8.00-21.00, Sat 8.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Bouquet Garni - top-quality Bread Bread - French Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Chorizo Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant; frozen Curry Paste: Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Ducks - top class but not free range Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Flour - good selection Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit juices Ginger Beer Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Herbs - dried of the best quality Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - organic Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Macaroons Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meringues Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Patisserie - fresh Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Pulses Quiche Rice; specialist Saffron strands Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausagemeat - gluten free Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Stilton Sugar - organic Taramasalata Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk