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 8.00-21.00, 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 Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - salt Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - sour dough / sourdough Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - water buffalo Cheese Straws Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Chorizo Christmas Pudding 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 - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish Kettle Loan Fish soup Florentines Flour - bread mixes Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - spelt Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit Pies Ginger - crystallised Ginger Beer 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 Herbes de Provence Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - organic Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Marmalade Meat - organic & additive-free Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies at Christmas Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - Shitake Mussels - fresh in season Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olives Oysters - Rock Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasties Pastrami Pastry - puff with butter Patisserie - fresh Pears Peel - candied Peppercorns - best black Pesto - fresh top quality Pine Kernels Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - organic Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King 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 Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomato puree - organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Vinegar - organic Walnut Oil Wedding Cakes Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic