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 7.00-22.00, Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Baked Beans - organic Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Canapes Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - water buffalo 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 Cider - top quality Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crab - Cooked Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted Crème fraiche 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 Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Essences Fish fresh general Fish soup Fish stock Fish - Shellfish Florentines Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - spelt Food as Gifts Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Ginger Beer Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Groceries Groceries - organic Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Herbs - dried of the best quality Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Ice cream - organic Jam & preserves Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat - organic & additive-free Meat pies Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - Shitake Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Oysters - Rock Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Pears Peel - candied Peppercorns - best black Pies - Venison Pine Kernels Pistachio Nuts Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Potatoes - organic Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quail Quiche Quinoa grain Rennet Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - chili / chillis Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Seaweed - dried Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Stilton Suet - organic Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Tapioca 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 Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic