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Marks & Spencer Beckenham Simply Food44-46 The High Street, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1AY
A food only branch of this store. Quality is the name of the game here, and great effort goes into producing consistent products. Good salad leaves, pre-packed vegetables, fresh fruit and trimmed meat. They are now very much geared to offering pre-packaged traiteur dishes, which simply need re-heating or a few minutes of basic cooking. Their varieties span the world, those from the Far-East, while good, are designed to be inoffensive so tend to hold the middle-ground in the flavour stakes.
However, the British and European-style dishes are of a standard not easily achieved in the average British household; and this makes many of them ideal for entertaining (or, if you can afford to, for everyday eating). Their excellent party nibbles, mean that you can have a party or barbecue at a moments notice and the range has to be commended.
They still produce the best chicken Kievs available; but, be careful not to buy the cheaper reformed meat version.
Perhaps their next efforts should be put into incorporating more free-range/organic/local products into their existing range.
- Open: Mon-Thurs 9.00-20.00; Fri 8.30-20.30; Sat 8.30-1830
- Closed: Sun & some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsApples Asparagus fresh in season Bacon Biscuits - for cheese Biscuits - sweet Blini - ready made Bread - French Bread Bread - Italian Butter - organic Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - Italian Cheese - soft Chicken Kiev - top class Chocolate - Drinking Coffee Croissant fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Eggs - Hens free range Food as Gifts Fruit - fresh Gravadlax Groceries Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Herbs - fresh these will be seasonal Honey Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Jam & preserves Kippers Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Muesli Muffins American - style Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olives Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Patisserie - fresh Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Pork pies Pork - free range Christmas Pudding Quiche Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Smoked venison Tapenade Taramasalata Tea - specialist Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tomatoes - in season Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Trout - Rainbow Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Walnut Oil Watercress Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic