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 7.30-22.00; Sat 7.30-21.00; 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 top class Baked Beans - organic Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - organic Beef - oxtail Beef - salt Biltong Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - rye Bread - sour dough / sourdough Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cakes - corporate Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Calves liver Capers in brine Cereal Oats Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - dairy free Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese Straws Cheesecake 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 Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck legs for confit Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Eccles cakes Eggs - Duck Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Essences Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish Kettle Loan Flour - ciabatta Flour - good selection Flour - Italian for pasta - '00' hard Flour - millet Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Flour - stone ground Flour for breadmakers French groceries Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Game; general Gammon Joints Garlic - Elephant Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Groceries 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 Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - organic Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves - organic Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muesli organic Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - Shitake Mussels - fresh in season Mustard Nuts - pre packed Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Oysters - Rock Panforte Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Peanut Oil (groundnut) Perry Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Pulses Quail Quiche Rhubarb; in season 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 - gluten free Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Chicken Smoked Duck breast Smoked Eel Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - perruche Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow 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 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