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 8.30-21.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: 25 & 26 Dec & 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 Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Beef - oxtail Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - sweet Blueberries - in season Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Bulgar wheat Butter - organic Buttermilk Cakes - home-made style 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 - reputable Free Range Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Christmas cake organic Chutney pickles & relishes Cod; salt Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - barley Flour - good selection Food as Gifts Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread 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 Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - dried Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olives Oysters - Rock 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 Pork pies Pork - free range Pork - rare breeds (such as Eldon Blue & Gloucester Old Spot) Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkins - in the Autumn Pumpkin Seed Oil Quiche 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 Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked trout Smoked venison Spices - a good general selection Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Sugar - unrefined Swordfish - fresh Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tiramisu 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 Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled 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