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Marks & Spencer Darlington70 Northgate, Darlington, Durham, DL1 1PR
Quality is the name of the game here, and great effort goes into producing consistent products. Good salad leaves, pre-packed vegetables and trimmed meat. Their excellent selection of traiteur dishes include those from the Italy, the Far-East and India; unfortunately they are designed to be inoffensive so tend to hold the middle-ground in the flavour stakes. The basic range has recently been joined by one called Connoisseur, developed in conjunction with Albert Roux; this includes the likes of crab cakes with chili sauce and monkfish with sweet pepper - tasty, good value and convenient. They still produce the best chicken Kievs available; but, be careful not to buy the cheaper reformed meat version. Excellent party nibbles.
Perhaps their next efforts should be put into incorporating more free-range/organic/local products into their existing range.
- Open: Mon-Weds 9.00-18.00; Thurs 9.00-20.00; Fri 8.30-18.00; Sat 8.00-18.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
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