A large version of this supermarket.
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 (such as this branch), 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-Fri 7.00-21.00; Sat 7.00-20.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: 25 & 26 Dec & some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmonds Apples Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Bacon Bagels Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bulgar wheat Butter - organic Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheesecake Cheese - water buffalo 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 Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish frozen Flour - stone ground Flour - organic Flour - good selection Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gingerbread Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Haggis Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Health food 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 Jam & preserves - organic Kippers Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olives Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - dried gluten-free Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Pastry - puff with butter Peanut Oil (groundnut) 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; organic 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 Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Truffle Oil Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - organic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic