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 8.30-19.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAioli Albondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almonds Amaretti Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Baby Food - organic Bacon top class Bagels Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Beef - salt Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - kosher Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bombay Mix Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Brawn Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - rye Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Burgers - beef (of top quality) Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Canapes Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - Spanish Cheesecake Cheese - water buffalo Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Easter Eggs; good Eccles cakes Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish cakes Fish Kettle Loan Fish soup Fish stock Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Florentines Flour - stone ground Flour - organic Flour - barley Flour - buckwheat Flour for breadmakers Flour - good selection Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Ginger Beer Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - marinated Honey 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 Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mullet red - in season Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - Shitake Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - fresh Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Pancetta Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Patisserie - fresh Peanut Oil (groundnut) Pears Peel - candied Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pulses - organic Quail Quiche Quince Cheese/Jelly/Membrillo Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - organic Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausage Rolls Sausages - Pork Sausages - Beef Sausages - gluten free Scotch Eggs - top class Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Chicken Smoked Duck breast Smoked Eel Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked Mackerel Paté Smoked salmon Smoked Salmon - Kiln Smoked Smoked trout Smoked Trout Terrine / Paté Smoked venison Sorbet/Water Ice Soup - top quality Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Sticky Toffee Pudding Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Sunflower Seeds Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Toffee Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout Paté Trout - Rainbow Truffle Oil Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - organic Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk