Still with Waitrose the market leader amongst supermarkets (certainly in terms of quality), and both have certainly raised general standards of the middle ground in recent years. However, they still rarely sell the very best of anything, although larger branches have a 'Specialist' section consisting of a few good quality oil and luxury items. Their 'Taste the Difference' range offers the standards expected from any good grocer, certainly nothing more.
Larger branches with fish counters, rely too heavily on fish that has previously been frozen. This has the disadvantage in that it can't (or shouldn't be) frozen again at home, if need be. Like some other supermarkets, they stress about the length of time their meat is hung.
However, the public need to realise that any flavour and tenderness gained from hanging, depends on the way this is undertaken, (matured for 21 days counts for little, unless the meat has been traditionally-hung on the bone). Likewise the breed of chicken retailers offer, is as important as their claimed diet (i.e. Corn). Fast-growing chicken varieties will never have the best flavour whatever they're fed. If you've ever tried a 'Sasso' breed of chicken (possibly only available at Farmers Markets and top-quality butchers) you'll know what we mean - they are worth seeking out!
Their traiteur section is impressively comprehensive, and almost as good as Marks & Spencer's and Waitrose for some dishes; and certainly helpful to those short of time.
- Open: Mon-Sat 7.00-20.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmond Oil Almonds Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Bacon Bagels Baked Beans - organic Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blueberries - in season Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - organic Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Bread - pumpernickel Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Cakes - home-made style Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - local Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate Brownies Chocolate Fondue Set Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Delicatessen; general Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish frozen Flour - good selection French groceries Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Gammon Joints Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality 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 Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Pancetta Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - dried gluten-free Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Peanut Oil (groundnut) Pies - Vegetable 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 Pumpkin Seed Oil Quiche 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 Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - unrefined Taramasalata Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Trout - Rainbow Truffle Oil Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - organic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - organic