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-Fri 8.30-20.00; Sat 8.30-19.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almonds Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Bacon top class Bagels Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - grass fed Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - gluten free Biscuits - kosher Biscuits - organic Biscuits - sweet Black Pudding Blini - ready made Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - Italian Bread - organic Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion 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 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 Delicatessen; general Dips Dulce de Leche Eggs - Quail Eggs Quail - peeled Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish - Shellfish Flour - stone ground Flour - buckwheat Flour - spelt Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Groceries - organic Guinea fowl - (might need a days notice) Haggis Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Health food Herb Plants Herbs - dried of the best quality Herring Melts/Roes Herrings - fresh Herrings - marinated Honey Honey - organic Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Maple syrup Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Mostarda di frutta / Mustard Fruits Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - dried Mussels - fresh in season Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Ocean Sticks Oils Olive Oil Olives Oysters - Rock Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding 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 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 Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Sugar - unrefined Sushi - prepared Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil 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 Tuna - fresh Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic