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-Thurs & Sat 8.30-20.00; Fri 8.30-21.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Amaretti Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Baby Food - organic Bacon top class Bagels Bass Sea Farmed Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - organic Beef - oxtail Beef - salt Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - kosher Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Bison Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brawn Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - rye Bread - sour dough / sourdough Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Cereal - organic Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - local Cheese - organic Cheese - Scottish Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - Spanish Cheese - water buffalo Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Crab - Cooked Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eccles cakes Eggs - Duck Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Fish - Shellfish Fish cakes Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish Kettle Loan Fish soup Florentines Flour - barley Flour - buckwheat Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit Pies Gammon Joints Garlic - Elephant Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Harisa/Harrissa Herb Marinades Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mullet red - in season Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - fresh wild in season Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - Shitake Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Oysters - Rock Pancetta Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Porridge Oats - organic Prawns - frozen Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salad leaves - organic Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Samphire - Marsh (in season) Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Beef Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Skate / Ray Smoked Chicken Smoked Duck breast Smoked Eel Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked Mackerel Paté Smoked salmon Smoked Salmon Paté Smoked venison Sole - Dover Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Swordfish - fresh Tapenade Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tisanes / Herbal Infusions - organic Toffee Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Trout Paté Truffle Oil Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk