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 Hoildays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls 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 - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - rye Bread - sour dough / sourdough Bread Mixes Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - corporate Cakes - home-made style Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - Spanish Cheese - water buffalo Cheese Straws Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate Brownies Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Coffee Cornish pasties Crab - Dressed Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish soup Fish stock Flour - good selection Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit - tinned Fruit - crystallized Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Game; general Gammon Joints Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Health food Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality 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 Lobsters - cooked Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - organic Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Oysters - Rock Pancetta Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Pasta - dried Pasta - dried gluten-free Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami 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 Quiche 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 Sauerkraut Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Skate / Ray Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Sugar - perruche Sugar - unrefined Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tisanes / Herbal Infusions - organic 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 Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Venison - farmed Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk