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 8.30-20.00; Fri 8.30-21.00; Sat 8.30-19.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAgar Agar - flakes Aioli Almond Oil Almonds Amaretti Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Artisan Bread Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Baby Food - organic Bacon Bacon - organic Bagels Baked Beans - organic Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - oxtail Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bombay Mix Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Brawn Bread Bread - rye Bread - French Bread - gluten free Bread - Italian Bread Mixes Bread - organic Bread - soda Bread - sour dough / sourdough Bread - spelt Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Butter - goats milk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - local Cheese - organic Cheese - Scottish Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - Spanish Cheesecake Cheese - water buffalo Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking 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: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck Fat Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eccles cakes Eggs - Duck Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Essences Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish Kettle Loan Fish - Shellfish Florentines Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour - barley Flour - buckwheat Flour for breadmakers Flour - Italian for pasta - '00' hard Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Fudge Game; general Gammon Joints Garlic Strings Garlic - Elephant Ginger - crystallised Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Groceries - organic Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Harisa/Harrissa Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Ice cream - organic Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macaroons Maple syrup Marmalade Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat - organic & additive-free Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muesli organic Muffins Muffins American - style Mullet red - in season Mushrooms - dried Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - Oyster Mushrooms - Shitake Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Oysters - Rock Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Pastry - puff with butter Patisserie - fresh Peanut Butter - organic Pears Peel - candied Pesto - fresh top quality Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Porridge Oats - organic Potatoes - top class/unusual Potatoes - organic Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quail Quiche Quinoa grain Rennet Rhubarb; in season Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Rice; Carmargue Red Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - organic Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Samphire - Marsh (in season) Sauces - chili / chillis Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausage Rolls Sausages - Pork Sausages - Beef Chorizo Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Chicken Smoked Eel Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Sorbet/Water Ice Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Sticky Toffee Pudding Stilton Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Tahini Paste Tamarind Paste Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tisanes / Herbal Infusions - organic Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Truffle Oil Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vinegar - flavoured Vinegar - organic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk