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-Fri 8.30-20.00, Sat 8.30-19.00, Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese Straws Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - top class but not free range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Chorizo Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crab - Cooked Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Ducks - top class but not free range Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Florentines Flour - bread mixes Flour - good selection Flour - spelt Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit juices Ginger Beer Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Houmus Ice cream - organic Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Macaroons Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies at Christmas Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Patisserie - fresh Pears Peel - candied Peppercorns - best black Pine Kernels Polenta Pork - free range 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; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausagemeat - gluten free Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Stilton Sushi - prepared Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Walnut Oil Watercress Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk