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Tesco SwanseaPontardulias Road, Cadle, Swansea, Swansea, SA5 4BA
Tesco has taken great strides over the last few years, and is without doubt one of our better supermarkets - certainly on the price front. However, they still balance mediocrity with the convenience of being able to source as much as possible from suppliers who can supply all their national stores.
It would be misleading to give the impression that no care is taken when they choose their stock - they have the problem of having to satisfy all budgets and tastes.
So just thinking of Cheddar cheese alone, several generations of Britain's have now been brought up on mediocrity, such as 'soapy-textured' cheese. For many of these customers, a true 'farmhouse' variety - made with milk from one herd would be (a) financially out of the question (b) actually disliked because it had too much flavour.
They do stock the occasional good product, but, apart from processed items - such as tins from national manufacturers - nothing that would compare to the best offered by the best independent shops - who take the trouble to find top, often artisan suppliers. Their 'Finest' range offers the standards expected from any good grocer.
The better supermarkets stress these days about the length of time their meat is hung, the public not realising that any flavour and tenderness gains here, depend on the way this is undertaken, (matured for 21 days counts for little, unless the meat is traditionally-hung).
Likewise the breeds of chicken's offered is as important as their claimed diet (i.e. Corn) - or whether they are free-range. Fast-growing chicken varieties will never have the best flavour whatever they're fed (i.e. Corn), or where ever they live (free range). If you've ever tried a 'Sasso' chicken you'll know what we mean.
Their traiteur section is impressively comprehensive, and almost as good as Marks & Spencer's and Waitrose for some dishes; and certainly helpful to those short of time.
- Open: Mon-Sat 24 hours; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Hoildays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAioli Almonds Amaretti Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Baby Food - organic Bacon Bagels Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bombay Mix Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - soft Cheese - water buffalo Cheese Straws Cheesecake Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken Kiev - top class Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Cream - Clotted 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 - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish fresh general Fish frozen Flour - barley Flour - bread mixes Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit juices Fruit Pies Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Greengages - in season Groceries Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Marmalade Meat - general selection Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muesli organic Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - Shitake Mustard 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 Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Polish Grocery Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Beef Sausages - gluten free Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked Mackerel Paté Smoked salmon Sorbet/Water Ice Soup - top quality Stare anise Stilton Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Toffee Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Walnut Oil Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk