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 8.00-21.00, Sat 8.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-16.00
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blueberries - in season Bouquet Garni - top-quality Bread Bread - French Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese Straws Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Chorizo Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Cream - Clotted Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Damsons Delicatessen; general Dips Ducks - top class but not free range Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish fresh general Flour - bread mixes Flour - good selection Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - frozen Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Ginger - crystallised Ginger Beer Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Herbs - dried of the best quality Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - organic Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Macaroons Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies at Christmas Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mustard Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Patisserie - fresh Pears Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - organic Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Pulses 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 Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Stare anise Stilton Sugar - organic Taramasalata 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 Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic