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, 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.
- Open: Mon-Fri 7.00-23.00; Sat 7.00-22.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: 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 Baked Beans - organic Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Beef - oxtail Beef - salt Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - sweet Blini - ready made Blueberries - in season Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - rye Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Bulgar wheat Buttermilk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake 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 Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - organic Chicken - top class but not 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 Crab - Cooked Crab - Dressed Cream - Clotted 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 Eccles cakes Eggs - Quail Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - good selection Flour - spelt French groceries Fruit Coulis Fruit juices Fruit juices - fresh organic Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Ginger Wine - non alcoholic Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried 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 Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Indian Sub-Continental groceries Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli Muffins Mullet grey Mullet red - in season Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - dried Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Oysters - Rock Pancetta Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Peanut Oil (groundnut) 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 Quail Quiche Rice paper Rice; specialist Saffron strands Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Sardines - fresh in season Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shrimps - potted Skate / Ray Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squid - fresh (in season) Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared 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 Truffle Oil Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Veal free range Vegetables - organic Vegetables - good selection of fresh 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 Yoghurt - sheeps' (ewes') milk