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-Thurs 8.30-20.00; Fri 8.30-21.00; Sat 8.00-20.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Baby Food - organic Bacon top class Bass Sea Farmed Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - oxtail Beef - salt Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - kosher Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Brawn Bread - French Bread - gluten free Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Bread - rye Bread - soda Bread - sour dough / sourdough Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Canapes Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - local Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - water buffalo Cheese Straws Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Cooked Crab - Dressed Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Essences Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish soup Florentines Flour - barley Flour - bread mixes Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit Coulis Fruit Pies Game; general Gammon Joints Ginger Beer Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Groceries Groceries - organic Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Maple syrup Marmalade Meat - organic & additive-free Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muesli organic Muffins Muffins American - style Mullet red - in season Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - Shitake Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Oysters - Rock Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Patisserie - fresh Peel - candied Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Porridge Oats - organic Prawns - King Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quail Quiche Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salad leaves - organic Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Samphire - Marsh (in season) Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Beef Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Chicken Smoked Duck breast Smoked Eel Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked Mackerel Paté Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked Trout Terrine / Paté Smoked venison Sole - Dover Sorbet/Water Ice Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Swordfish - fresh Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tisanes / Herbal Infusions - organic Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout Paté Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk