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 7.30-21.00; Sat 7.30-20.00; Sun 10.00-16.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlbondigas (Spanish Meat Balls) & other meat balls Almond Oil Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Anchovies silver / Boquerones- preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Baby Food - organic Bacon Bacon top class Bagels Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals Beef - organic Beef - oxtail 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 Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Bread Mixes Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Burgers - beef (of top quality) Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese - British Isles Cheese - French Cheese - general Cheese - goats Cheese - Greek/Middle Eastern Cheese - Italian Cheese - organic Cheese - sheeps' (ewes') Cheese - soft Cheese - Spanish Cheese Straws Cheesecake Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chicken - top class but not free range Chicken Kiev - top class Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chinese Pancake Wraps Chocolate Bars - top quality Chocolate - Drinking Chocolate Brownies Christmas Pudding Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clams; in season Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Cornish pasties Couscous Crab - Dressed Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh Delicatessen; general Dips Dulce de Leche Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish - Shellfish Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish stock Flour - barley Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Flour for breadmakers Food as Gifts Fruit - tinned Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - frozen Fruit juices Fruit Pies Gammon Joints Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - air dried Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants 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 Japanese basics Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Lemon grass - fresh Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Marinades Marmalade Marmalade organic Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Mince pies high quality Miso Soup Muesli organic 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 Olive Oil - organic Olives Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastrami Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork - free range Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Pulses Pulses - organic Pumpkin Seed Oil Pumpkins - in the Autumn Quiche Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist 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 - Beef Sausages - Pork Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Squashs - Vegetable Squid - fresh (in season) Stare anise Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - unrefined Tapenade Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tiramisu Tisanes / Herbal Infusions Tofu Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tomatoes - tinned organic 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 Veal free range Vegetables - Baby Vegetables - Exotic Vegetables - Far Eastern Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic