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Marks & Spencer Reading12 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2BH
Quality is the name of the game here, and great effort goes into producing consistent products. Good salad leaves, pre-packed vegetables, fresh fruit and trimmed meat. They are now very much geared to offering pre-packaged traiteur dishes, which simply need re-heating or a few minutes of basic cooking. Their varieties span the world, those from the Far-East, while good, are designed to be inoffensive so tend to hold the middle-ground in the flavour stakes.
However, the British and European-style dishes are of a standard not easily achieved in the average British household; and this makes many of them ideal for entertaining (or, if you can afford to, for everyday eating). Their excellent party nibbles, mean that you can have a party or barbecue at a moments notice and the range has to be commended.
They still produce the best chicken Kievs available; but, be careful not to buy the cheaper reformed meat version.
Perhaps their next efforts should be put into incorporating more free-range/organic/local products into their existing range.
- Open: Mon-Weds, Fri & Sat 8.30-18.30; Thurs 8.30-20.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAnchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Bacon Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Blini - ready made Bread - French Bread Bread - Italian Breakfast cereal Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cakes - home-made style Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chicken - reputable Free Range Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit - fresh Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Gravadlax Groceries Haggis Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Herrings - marinated Honey Houmus Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Lemon grass - fresh Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Meringues Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mustard Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Christmas Pudding Pulses Quiche Rice; specialist Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Soup - top quality Squashs - Vegetable Stilton Taramasalata Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Truffle Oil Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - good selection of fresh Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free