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Waitrose Hitchin

The Lairage, Bedford Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2UG
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.
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Key Features

  • Open: Mon-Thurs & Sat 8.00-20.00, Fri 8.00-21.00, Sun 10.00-16.00
  • Closed: some Bank Holidays


Show All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread Mixes Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Cake Mixes Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Canapes Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken Kiev - top class 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 Cream - Clotted 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 Fish fresh general Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Flour - good selection Flour - organic Food as Gifts Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic 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 Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Ice cream - organic Jam & preserves Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies at Christmas Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Party Nibbles Passata - organic Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Peel - candied 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 Quinoa grain Rennet Rhubarb; in season 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 Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomato puree - organic Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow 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

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Contact Details

Tel: 01462-423399
Address: The Lairage, Bedford Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2UG
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