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-Thurs & Sat 8.00-20.00; Fri 8.00-21.00; Sat 8.00-20.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almond Oil Almonds Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Bacon Bacon top class Baked Beans - organic Bass Sea Farmed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Beef - organic Beef - salt Biscotti Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - kosher Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bouquet Garni - top-quality Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Brawn Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - gluten free Bread - Italian Bread - millet Bread - organic Bread - rye Bread - soda Bread - sour dough / sourdough Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Calves liver Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern 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 Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate Brownies Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Cooked Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Duck - free-range Aylesbury or Pekin-type Dulce de Leche Eccles cakes Eels - jellied Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Eggs - Hens free range Essences Fish soup Fish stock Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour - organic Flour - barley Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts French groceries Fruit Cordials - natural Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - crystallized Fruit - dried Fruit - dried slices Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Ginger - crystallised Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis 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 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 Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Lobsters - cooked Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - organic Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Oysters - Rock Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Patisserie - fresh Peel - candied 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 Pumpkin Seed Oil Quiche Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Rice; Carmargue Red Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality 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 Sausages - Beef Chorizo Scallops - fresh Bay Sesame Oil Shortbread Shrimps - potted Skate / Ray Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked Salmon Paté Smoked trout Smoked venison Soup - top quality Speck Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Swordfish - fresh Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Truffle Oil Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - organic Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Far Eastern 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 - organic