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and the GG on copson street. too good.
Though there's a shop near me now which sells fruit and veg entirely in plastic bowls, a £1 for a bowl. That's literally it's whole thing. Looks well dodgy. Not bad value though.
Good places to get African and Carribean fruit.
Seems an odd way of doing things.
it sells itself
I don't believe you.
or a market stall
but yeah, my weekly shop is done at a supermarket
I'm talking one-specialty-per-shop deals here
and supermarket for pretty much anything else.
Supermarkets are only good for tins of beans and bags of crisps.
i live in a town where there are no chain stores in the high street (other than a subway!) and there's a big emphasis on shopping locally and supporting local businesses. there's also a farmers' market and various other events. i much prefer going to the greengrocers / bakers etc as it's a personal service, the produce tends to be better and cheaper.
but yes, I do.
Wish it weren't the case, but I go on holiday every year courtesy of Tesco clubcard points and I'm incredibly near a massive Tesco. So local commerce and a a non-homogenous high street can go fuck itself on this occasion,
i can't afford the fishmongers and definitely can't afford the butchers in crouch end
should use either of the greengrocers more though
and we tried SO HARD to use it more but we just bought a load of veg and let it go off.
Occasional market for fruit and veg if it's not looking mouldy
Always the butchers for good sausages, always
fairly often use one of my many, many, local quid-a-bowl places
recently, i've not been looking at the prices in the supermarket, but just plonking whatever i like the look of into the trolley.
It's amazing how much more fulfilling and stress-free an experience it is.
To answer your question, probably about 80% supermarket/metro stores, 20% local delis, Polish shops, hypermarkets (or whatever those big, normally Asian owned shops are called).
the nearest one is miles away, which is gutting.
do you ever go to venus in victoria park? that's amazing
Would love there to be a decent butcher/baker etc nearby, but there just isn't :(
Anyway - my answer is YES (sometimes).
Try and use our local grocers for veg because it's pretty convenient and actually easier than going to the supermarket - whatever you're buying you can get the exact quantity you want, you're never reduced to buying pre-packaged bags of onions when you only want one for example.
Use the local butchers and delis every so often when we remember/have time, but they aren't convenient for after work shopping so it's really only on Saturdays.
so it's of the same vein, sure. dis is only about 6 threads on repeat these days anyway.
However there are loads of Turkish *super*markets near me, which are great for cheap veg (I got a chilli for 1p the other day) and one has a butchers in the back which sells monster chicken breasts for £2 which can feed 3 ppl as well as an olive bar.
I try to buy bread from the bagel shop too, as it tastes great and is cheaper than the supermarket (though they've recently put their prices up)
Which is nice. Use 'em regularly, but the greengrocer gets a run for his money from Lidl. The new Morrisons is fulfilling my supermarket needs, and since it opened the Co-op has been struggling to compete to get a look in the face of the specialist shop, cheapo supermarket and full supermarket trio.
Best value by far for big bags of rice, tofu etc. The new Polish shop is pretty decent, too. And the Italian delis are nice for the odd posh treat. <3 Dennistoun.
The nearest one to me now is in Dalston and pretty rubbs in comparison.
The one I used to go to had 3 whole aisles of noodles, and an entire aisle of soy sauces
(with it's ditty reconfiguring of the local retail park, and the existence of two other massive Tescos already within a mile radius). On top of their blatant vandalism and two-fingered salutes to planning regs on the other side of town, and the fact that they're a shitty middle of the road option with no USP anyway, they can gtfo.
i'm slightly amazed anyone could <3 it
Oh well. To be fair, it could do with someone opening a non-trad pub/bar.
but it's not really a top brand any more. They're opening them in loads of shitty towns in The North. Virtually anyone can (and does) shop there now, so i give it the swerve.
They're no longer reassuringly expensive, and quality-wise they're well behind M&S.
If I want to lord it up imma heading to Whole Foods (which, tbh, ain't much more than a big version of a Peckhams deli).
(Speaking of Byres Rd, I've tended to nip into the cheesemonger when passing.)
It's a good look. (And one of the reasons I tend to gravitate towards the co-op, if I'm not going to a local independent). I'd shop in one if there were a properly local one to me - can't see 'em pitching up in the east end of Glasgow in a hurry, though. :-)
But the closest Waitrose to me isn't close enough to replace the local Morrisons (cheap bulk staples -bog roll/beans etc, with a really good selection of fair priced fresh stuff) or even Lidl (cheaper, but still good value, especially for veg basics).
of course they're going to expand if they can. 'in the south in well heeled towns', do you have the slightest idea how much of an idiot that makes you sound. So if waitrose have 'gone mainstream' what were they before a fucking underground supermarket?
'They also price match tesco on branded stuff now.' Your point is?
live within walking distance of both a Sainsburys and Asda superstores.
suspect this is the sort of thing that varies depending on how much you care about food.
there's a butchers just round the corner which i need to go to more, much cheaper & better quality than supermarket stuff.
otherwise pretty much entirely supermarket
very occasionally farmers' market
when I move I'll probably mix it up a bit more as a chapel market will be a short stroll away.
You know, artisan butchery. Can't be far off I reckon.
'learn to butcher your own meat'. It's going to be insidious
Ostriches/kangaroos/wacky things are all pretty old hat, going to have to be weasels or something.
My new place FoxBurger in Hoxton square is going to be a massive hit.
Do you get minks in London by the docks? If so, then I'm serving Mink Tartare as my starter
Which is Britain's longest street of mainly independent retailers, or something. I have done butchers, bakers, grocers, random stuff shop before but it does all get a bit tiring plus you end up having to do it far too often and still are missing stuff. Usually I get a load of stuff in from the grocers once a week, butchers for meat every now and then (basically everything but chicken thinking about it) and everything else is supermarket.
Greengrocers and butchers are usually ridiculously cheaper than Tescos et al by the way.
Chicken is cheaper in the supermarket. Most fruit and veg is cheaper, especially stuff in season. Tescos will charge quite a lot for strawberries in summer showing off that they are half price - I should hope so as they are in season rather than brought over from Egypt. My local veg shop does them for 50p - £1 a punnet. Big joints of beef and lamb are better and cheaper generally from a butchers, bacon and sausages are probably about the same. Sausages if they make them themselves are tons better than Walls bangers and about the same price.
you get those posh ones, avoid them.
Usually get the rest from Lidl, Morrison's, Asian mini-market, and vegan co-operative, like a bellend.
The problem is that by the time I've finished work, the market is closed. Nottingham's really bad for shops closing early though. There's not a huge amount of independent food stores in town either, I don't have masses of time so being able to drive to a supermarket and do everything in one go wins.
If I have to go to the supermarket anyway it seems silly not to do a quick round and pick up everything I need. If I'm going into the village to get bread, I'll give the grocers and butchers my custom- they're good places and again it seems silly not to do it while I'm there. The only hard rule I have is not to go to Tesco, but even that's occasionally unavoidable.
(where they round up all the good local stuff), 10% supermarket, 10% trip to the local independents.
(I suspect this may not stand up to too much scrutiny - but you know, in the usual week).
nothing like a stroll through a sodden downtown Reddish to raise your spirits.
i trust you've stayed within walking distance of your old queen's gaff for when you need your laundry doing?
but where I live now all the women look at me like Im going to sexually assault them and the shop staff LITERALLY ignore you if you dont pull up outside in a range rover so I dont bother
seems to be cheaper in general, and taste better so yeah
I buy most other things from supermarkets. sometimes they are oriental