A smallish supermarket, by Sainbury standards - with no fish or meat counters, but a bakery. The nearest superstore being Sainbury Oxford Heyford Hill. 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-Sat 7.00-20.00; Sun 11.00-17.00
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
ProductsShow All ProductsShow Less ProductsAlmond Oil Almonds Anchovies brown fillets - preserved in oil Apples Asparagus fresh in season Avocado Oil Baby Food - organic Bacon 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 Blueberries - in season Brandy Butter (often only near Christmas) Bread Mixes Bread - French Bread Bread - Italian Bread - organic Bread - part-baked ( not frozen ) Brioche Butter - organic Buttermilk Cake Mixes 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 Chili Powder Chilis / Chillis - fresh (seasonal) Chinese & Far-Eastern basics Chocolate - Drinking Chutney pickles & relishes Cider - top quality Clingfilm/Clingwrap Coffee Condiment Sauces & Jellies Cornish pasties Couscous Crème fraiche Crisps; top quality Croissant fresh Cucumbers; pickled Curry Paste: Curry Powder Mixes Danish Pastries fresh 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 stock Fish salt cod Fish frozen Flour - bread mixes Flour - stone ground Flour - organic Flour - barley Flour for breadmakers Flour - good selection Flour - rye Flour - spelt Food as Gifts Fruit juices Fruit Pies Fruit - dried Fruit - fresh Fruit - fresh organic Fruit - tinned Gammon Joints Ginger - crystallised Gingerbread Goose fat for confit Grapeseed Oil Gravadlax Greengages - in season Groceries Groceries - organic Haggis Haggis - vegetarian Ham & Gammon Ham - Parma Ham - Serrano Hazelnut Oil Hazelnuts / Cobnuts Herb Plants Honey Honey - organic Hot Cross Buns - sometimes only before Easter Houmus Ice cream - top quality Italian groceries Jam & preserves Jam & preserves - organic Kippers Marmalade Meat pies Meat Stock Meringues Milk - Goats Milk - organic Cows Muesli Muffins Muffins American - style Mushrooms - organic Mushrooms - dried Mussels vacuum - packed Mustard Nuts - pre packed Oatcakes Oils Olive Oil Olive Oil - flavoured Olive Oil - organic Party Nibbles Pasta - dried Pasta - fresh Pasties Pastry - puff with butter Patisserie - fresh Peel - candied Pies - Vegetable Pine Kernels Pizza Polenta Pork pies Porridge Oats - coarse natural Potatoes - top class/unusual Prawns - frozen Christmas Pudding Pulses Pumpkins - in the Autumn Pumpkin Seed Oil Quiche Quinoa grain Rice cakes Rice paper Rice; organic Rice; specialist Risotto; flavoured mixes Saffron strands Salad Dressing - top quality Salad leaves - of high quality Salmon - farmed of top quality Sauces - prepared Chinese Sauces - prepared curry Sauces - prepared pasta Sauerkraut Sausages - Pork Sausages - Beef Sausages - gluten free Sesame Oil Shortbread Smoked Haddock - golden Smoked Mackerel Smoked salmon Sorbet/Water Ice Soup - top quality Spices - a good general selection Stare anise Stilton Sugar - unrefined Tapenade 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 Traiteur/ Take Away/ Ready Meals - vegetarian Vanilla pods Vegetables - organic Vegetables - frozen Vegetables - good selection of fresh Vinegar - wine Vinegar - balsamic Vol-au-vent cases Walnut Oil Watercress Yeast - dried Yeast - fresh bakers Yoghurt - cows' milk Yoghurt - dairy free Yoghurt - goats' milk Yoghurt - organic