Still with Waitrose the market leader amongst supermarkets, and both have certainly raised general standards of the middle ground. Their comprehensive range of organic and fair-traded goods, and the introduction of some locally-produced products, springs to mind. This branch has an in-house bakery, but not dedicated butchery or fish counters.
However, they still rarely sell the very best of anything - the powers that be, would probably blame continuity of supply as their excuse.
Likewise, like most supermarket chains, their claims about the length of time meat is hung for, depends on the way it is hung - and the breeds of chickens offered is as important as the label on their feed - or whether they are free-range. If you've ever tried a 'Sasso' chicken (often available from farmers markets) you'll know what we mean.
Some of their 'Taste the Difference' items are good, but no better than should be expected from a good grocer. So is their expanding range in their 'Specialist' section, consisting of good (not excellent) quality oil and luxury items.
- Open: Mon-Sat 7.00-22.00, Sun 10.00-19.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAgar Agar - flakes Aioli Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Baby Food - organic Bacon Bagels Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blueberries - in season Bombay Mix Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - Middle Eastern Bread Mixes Bread - organic Bread - sour dough / sourdough Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Butter - goats milk Cake Mixes 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 - local Cheese - organic Cheese - Scottish Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Cheese - water buffalo Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cream - Clotted Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Ducks - top class but not free range Easter Eggs; good Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish frozen Fish stock Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Flour - good selection Flour - rye Food as Gifts Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Garlic Strings Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Herb Plants 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 Jam & preserves Kippers Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Maple syrup Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muesli organic Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - dried 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 Patisserie - fresh Peanut Butter - organic Pears Peel - candied Pine Kernels Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Potatoes - organic Prawns - frozen Christmas Pudding Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Quinoa grain 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 Sauces - chili / chillis Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Chorizo Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Vinegar - organic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - organic