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Tesco CheltenhamColletts Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8JQ
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 on the bone).
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 & Spencers and Waitrose for some dishes; and certainly helpful to those short of time.
- Open: Mon-Fri 7.00-23.00; Sat 7.00-22.00; 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 Bacon top class Bagels Baked Beans - organic Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - kosher Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bombay Mix Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - gluten free Bread - Indian sub continent Bread - Italian Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - goats milk Butter - organic Buttermilk Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - water buffalo Cheese Straws Cheesecake Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen organic 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 Essences Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour - Asian Flour - buckwheat Flour for breadmakers Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit - dried organic Fruit juices Fruit juices - fresh organic Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Ginger - crystallised Greengages - in season Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma 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 Indian Sub-Continental groceries Italian groceries Jam & preserves Jam & preserves - organic Japanese basics Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Macaroons Maple syrup Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat - organic & additive-free Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muesli organic Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - organic Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Patisserie - fresh Peanut Butter - organic Peanut Oil (groundnut) Pears Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Porridge Oats - organic Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rennet Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - chili / chillis Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausage Rolls Sausages - Pork Sausages - Beef Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Mackerel Smoked Mackerel Paté Smoked salmon Smoked Salmon Paté Sorbet/Water Ice Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu 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 Tuna - fresh Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables Indian sub - continent Vegetables - organic Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Vinegar - organic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk