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 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 Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Bacon top class Baked Beans - organic Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals 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 - gluten free Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cakes - special occasion Calves liver Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese Straws Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate - Drinking Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck legs for confit Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Eggs - Duck Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish Kettle Loan Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - stone ground Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit juices Game; general Gammon Joints Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas 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 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 Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - organic Mussels - fresh in season Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Oysters - Rock Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties 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 Quiche Rice paper 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 - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - gluten free Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Shrimps - potted Smoked Eel Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Stare anise Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - perruche Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist 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 - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Wedding Cakes Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk