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-Sat 8.00-20.00, 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 Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Bread Bread - French Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate Brownies Chorizo Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish fresh general Flour - stone ground Flour - good selection Food as Gifts Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - marinated Honey Houmus Ice cream - top quality Ice cream - organic Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies at Christmas Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mustard Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Peel - candied Pine Kernels Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rennet 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 Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Spices - a good general selection Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomato puree - organic Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Tuna - fresh Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk