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Sainsbury Balham

149/151 Balham High Road, London, London, SW12 9AU
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. It's excellent that biodegradable carrier bags are now the norm and great efforts have also been made to use 'greener' packaging.

Key Features

  • Open: Mon-Sat 7.30-22.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
  • Closed: 25 & 26 Dec & some Bank Holidays

Products

Show All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmond Oil Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh – in season Avocado Oil Bacon Bagels Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - salt Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Bread Bread - French Bread Mixes Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Bulgar wheat Butter - organic Buttermilk Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Cereal Oats Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Cod; salt Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Dressed Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Desserts; of high quality Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Eggs - Quail Essences Fish salt cod Flour - stone ground Flour - barley Flour - good selection Food as Gifts Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Health food Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality 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 - dried Mushrooms - organic Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Olives Oysters - Rock Pancetta Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - dried gluten-free Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Pastry - puff with butter Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Porchetta Pork pies Pork - free range Porridge Oats - coarse natural Porridge Oats - organic Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Pumpkin Seed Oil Quiche Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - wild in season Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Stare anise Stilton Sugar - unrefined Swordfish - fresh Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Truffle Oil Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - organic 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

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Tel: 020-8675 1162
Address: 149/151 Balham High Road, London, London, SW12 9AU