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Marks & Spencer Aylesbury35 High Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1SH
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-Fri 9.00-18.00; Sat 8.30-18.00; Sun 10.30-16.30
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAnchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Bacon top class Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Blini - ready made Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - gluten free Bread - organic Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Bread - sour dough / sourdough Breakfast cereal Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cakes - home-made style Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Cheese - water buffalo Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya 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 - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eggs - Quail Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish stock Fish - Shellfish Flour - good selection Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olives Party Nibbles Pastrami Peanut Oil (groundnut) Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rice paper Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Chicken Smoked Duck breast Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Stilton Sugar - perruche Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Trout - Rainbow Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Watercress Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free