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 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almonds Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Bacon top class Baked Beans - organic Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Buttermilk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Calves liver Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Crab - Dressed Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Delicatessen; general Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Eggs - Duck Eggs - Quail Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish Kettle Loan Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - stone ground Flour - good selection Food as Gifts Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - tinned Game; general Gammon Joints Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Ice cream - organic Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Milk - Sheeps Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - dried Mussels - fresh in season Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Oysters - Rock Pancetta Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Peppers - sun-dried Perry Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Quiche Rice paper Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Eel Smoked Guinea Fowl Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Truffle Oil Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - organic Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk