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 7.00-21.00, Sat 8.00-20.00, Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAnchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French 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 Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking Chorizo Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish fresh general Flour - bread mixes Flour - good selection Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit juices Gingerbread Groceries 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 - top quality Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Macaroons Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Milk - organic Cows Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mustard Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Peel - candied Pesto - fresh top quality Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Rice cakes Rice; specialist Saffron strands Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stilton Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk