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 8.30-20.00, Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
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 Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Canapes Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft 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 Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous 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 Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish fresh general Florentines Flour - gluten free Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - stone ground Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Ginger Beer Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Herbs - dried of the best quality Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - organic Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macaroons Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Pears Peel - candied Pine Kernels Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Pulses Quiche Rennet Rice cakes Rice; specialist 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 Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stilton Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomato puree - organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Tortillas Trout - Rainbow Tuna - fresh 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 Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk