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Marks & Spencer Reading Staion Simply FoodReading Staion, Reading, RG1 1LZ
A small, food-only, branch of this store but very useful none the less. Quality is the name of the game here, and great effort goes into producing consistent products. Good salad leaves, pre-packed vegetables, fresh fruit and trimmed meat.
They are now very much geared to offering pre-packaged traiteur dishes, which simply need re-heating or a few minutes of basic cooking. Their varieties span the world, those from the Far-East, while good, are designed to be inoffensive so tend to hold the middle-ground in the flavour stakes.
However, the British and European-style dishes are of a standard not easily achieved in the average British household; and this makes many of them ideal for entertaining (or, if you can afford to, for everyday eating). Their excellent party nibbles, mean that you can have a party or barbecue at a moments notice and the range has to be commended.
They still produce the best chicken Kievs available; but, be careful not to buy the cheaper reformed meat version.
Perhaps their next efforts should be put into incorporating more free-range/organic/local products into their existing range.
- Open: Mon-Fri 7.00-22.00; Sat & Sun 8.00-22.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAioli Almonds Amaretti Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Bagels Beef - grass fed Biscotti Blini - ready made Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Brioche Burgers - beef (of top quality) Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Canapes Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - Italian Cheese - soft Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - reputable Free Range Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Croissant fresh Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Fish cakes Food as Gifts Fruit juices Fruit - fresh Groceries Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - marinated Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Patisserie - fresh Pears Pizza Pork pies Christmas Pudding Quiche Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Mackerel Smoked Mackerel Paté Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - kosher Sushi - prepared Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Toffee Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Tuna - fresh Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Walnut Oil Yoghurt - organic