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Tesco Superstore Chelmsford Springfield Road Town47-53 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6QT
Tesco has taken great strides over the last few years, and is without doubt one of our better supermarkets - certainly on the price front. However, they still balance mediocrity with the convenience of being able to source as much as possible from suppliers who can supply all their national stores.
It would be misleading to give the impression that no care is taken when they choose their stock - they have the problem of having to satisfy all budgets and tastes.
So just thinking of Cheddar cheese alone, several generations of Britain's have now been brought up on mediocrity, such as 'soapy-textured' cheese. For many of these customers, a true 'farmhouse' variety - made with milk from one herd would be (a) financially out of the question (b) actually disliked because it had too much flavour.
They do stock the occasional good product, but, apart from processed items - such as tins from national manufacturers - nothing that would compare to the best offered by the best independent shops - who take the trouble to find top, often artisan suppliers. Their 'Finest' range offers the standards expected from any good grocer.
The better supermarkets stress these days about the length of time their meat is hung, the public not realising that any flavour and tenderness gains here, depend on the way this is undertaken, (matured for 21 days counts for little, unless the meat is traditionally-hung on the bone).
Likewise the breeds of chicken's offered is as important as their claimed diet (i.e. Corn) - or whether they are free-range. Fast-growing chicken varieties will never have the best flavour whatever they're fed (i.e. Corn), or where ever they live (free range). If you've ever tried a 'Sasso' chicken you'll know what we mean.
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: Open: Mon-Sat 7.00-10.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
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