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Tesco FavershamCrescent Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7AS
Tesco has taken great strides over the last few years, and is without doubt one of our better supermarkets - certainly on the price front. However, they still balance mediocrity with the convenience of being able to source as much as possible from suppliers who can supply all their national stores.
It would be misleading to give the impression that no care is taken when they choose their stock - they have the problem of having to satisfy all budgets and tastes.
So just thinking of Cheddar cheese alone, several generations of Britain's have now been brought up on mediocrity, such as 'soapy-textured' cheese. For many of these customers, a true 'farmhouse' variety - made with milk from one herd would be (a) financially out of the question (b) actually disliked because it had too much flavour.
They do stock the occasional good product, but, apart from processed items - such as tins from national manufacturers - nothing that would compare to the best offered by the best independent shops - who take the trouble to find top, often artisan suppliers. Their 'Finest' range offers the standards expected from any good grocer.
The better supermarkets stress these days about the length of time their meat is hung, the public not realising that any flavour and tenderness gains here, depend on the way this is undertaken, (matured for 21 days counts for little, unless the meat is traditionally-hung).
Likewise the breeds of chicken's offered is as important as their claimed diet (i.e. Corn) - or whether they are free-range. Fast-growing chicken varieties will never have the best flavour whatever they're fed (i.e. Corn), or where ever they live (free range). If you've ever tried a 'Sasso' chicken you'll know what we mean.
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.
- Open: Mon-Sat 8.00-24.00; Sat 6.00-22.00; 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 Baby Food - organic Bacon Bagels Beef - grass fed Beef - mince from grass reared animals 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) Bread Bread - French Bread - Italian Bread Mixes Bread - organic Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Breakfast cereal Breakfast cereal organic Brioche Bulgar wheat Butter - organic Cake Mixes Christmas Cake Cakes - home-made style Cakes - special occasion Capers in brine Charcuterie Cheese Straws Cheese - British Isles Cheese - general Cheese - organic Cheese - soft Cheesecake Chestnuts - peeled & vacuum-packed Chicken Kiev - top class Chicken - organic Chicken - reputable Free Range Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate Brownies Chutney pickles & relishes Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Couscous Cream - Soya Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Delicatessen; general Desserts; of high quality Dips Ducks - top class but not free range Eccles cakes Eggs - Hens free range Eggs - Hens organic Essences Fish fresh general Fish frozen Fish stock Flour - stone ground Flour - barley Flour - good selection Flour - organic Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - frozen Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose/Geese - between Thanksgiving & Christmas Grapeseed Oil Greengages - in season Groceries Haggis Ham & Gammon Ham - Parma Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Health food Herb Plants 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 Japanese basics Kippers Kippers - undyed Lamb (seasonal) Macadamia Nut Oil Macaroons Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues 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 Panettone - sometimes just at Christmas Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Patisserie - fresh Peanut Oil (groundnut) Peel - candied Pizza Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Prawns - King Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Pumpkin Seed Oil Quiche Rennet Rice paper Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - organic Salad leaves - of high quality Salami Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Pork Sausages - Beef Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Haddock - undyed Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Sorbet/Water Ice Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Stilton Stock - top-quality made Sugar - unrefined Tapioca Taramasalata Tea - organic Tea - specialist Tin Foil Tofu Tomatoes - tinned organic Tomatoes - in season Tomatoes - sun dried Tortillas Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Traiteur/ Take Away/Ready Meals Trout - Rainbow Turkeys - free-range (often just before Christmas) Vanilla pods Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vegetables - preserved char-grilled Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic