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 7.30-21.00, Sat 8.00-20.00, Sun 11.00-17.00
- 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 Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Canapes Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws 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 Chocolate - Drinking Chorizo 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 Desserts; of high quality Dips Ducks - top class but not free range Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish fresh general Flour - stone ground Flour - good selection Flour - organic Food as Gifts Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Ginger Beer Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax 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) Lemon grass - fresh 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 Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Pears Pine Kernels Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality 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 Stare anise Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried 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 Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk