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-Sat 8.00-21.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almond Oil Almonds Apples Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Bacon Bacon top class Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - Italian Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Cakes - corporate Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Cereal Oats Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken - top class but not free range Chili Powder Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Coffee Cornish pasties Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Delicatessen; general Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish soup Fish stock Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour - organic Flour - good selection Food as Gifts Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - tinned Game Pies Game; general Gammon Joints Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hampers - (all suppliers will need a little notice) Christmas Hampers Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Health food Herb Plants Herbes de Provence Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Jam & preserves - organic Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Meat Stock Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mulled wine sachets Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - dried 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 Party Nibbles Pasta - grapeseed flour Pasta - dried Pasta - dried gluten-free Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Peanut Oil (groundnut) Perry Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkins - in the Autumn Pumpkin Seed Oil Quail Quinoa grain Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - organic 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 Shrimps - potted Smoked Chicken Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Soup - top quality Speck Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - organic Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - good selection of fresh Venison - farmed Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk