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 7.30-21.00; Sat 7.30-20.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: Some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls 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 Bacon Bacon top class Baked Beans - organic Bass Sea Farmed Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - oxtail Beef - salt Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bombay Mix Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Bread - French Bread - gluten free 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 - goats milk Butter - organic Buttermilk Cakes - stollen Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - corporate Cakes - gluten free Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Calves liver Canapes Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats 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 Chocolate Brownies Chorizo Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Damsons Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck legs for confit Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Easter Eggs; good Eccles cakes Eggs - Duck Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish Kettle Loan Flour - buckwheat Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Flour - stone ground Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit Pies Game; general Gammon Joints Garlic Strings Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax 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 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 - organic Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves - organic Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Meat - organic & additive-free Meat - prepared for barbecues Meat pies Meat Stock 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 Mussels - fresh in season Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes 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 Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Peppers - sun-dried 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 Pumpkin Seed Oil Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Quinoa grain Rhubarb; in season Rice paper 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 - chili / chillis Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Beef 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 Soft Drinks - natural Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - organic Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Tahini Paste Tapenade Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Toffee Tofu Tomato Ketchup - top quality Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic Tortillas 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 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