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Dottie May

Best Supermarket

According to a recent "Which" survey, Aldi has come out tops, beating Waitrose, M & S etc. Noticed that the new one being built close to where I live is coming along at a great rate of knots. Looking forward to it opening, probably in September.

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violet eyes

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That's good to hear. We do most of our shopping in Aldi once a week, it's one of only 2 that my OH is happy to use. You can save so much money shopping in there and it's so fast through the checkouts. The staff are very friendly and the shop is very clean. Have you ever shopped in Aldi Dottie ? if you haven't then give it a try.

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Kilmory

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We shop a lot in Aldi too. We find their fresh produce is very good and I love the deli section. In the main their own brand stuff is very good, love their bicuits for cheese, jams and mueslis in particular.

Aldi is definitely much cheaper than the big four, my only complaint is that we can't get everything we need there e.g. bread flour, wholewheat pasta, brown rice etc.

It's definitely become much busier in the last year and we see more people from the higher socio-economic groups now. You probably all know the story of the woman in Aldi phoning her friend and saying 'See you in 10 minutes, I'm just in the queue at Waitrose.'

Kilmory

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Darkginger

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Here in Ireland, we don't have quite the same range of supermarkets as you lot in the UK - but we do have Lidl and Aldi - which is where we do our 'big' monthly shop (Lidl if we're staying local, Aldi if we go a bit further afield). I like both of them, and their products, and could never afford to shop at Waitrose all the time even if we did have one - but Waitrose has always been my favourite - and I make a trip there every time I get back to the UK.

For the everyday stuff, I like Lidl best, but I also go to Tesco or Supervalu (a bit like an Irish Morrisons, I suppose) once in a while to pick up more 'exotic' ingredients - stuff like spices, Irish cheese, bread flour and so on. I also use the greengrocers, butchers, specialist pork butchers, and fishmongers in addition to the supermarket shops - prefer to buy from local suppliers/businesses where possible!

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Welshcookie

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Aldi is going up market! Sea salt and soured cream. Their chocolate covered digestives are the best!

Some things in Tesco, then the rest in Aldi. Couldn't do the whole week's shop in Aldi - they just don't stock some things like fresh fish and a wide choice of wine, but for basics they can't be beaten.

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Dottie May

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Yes Violet Eyes I do shop in Aldi's some times but our nearest store at the moment is about 10 miles away and our nearest Waitrose is 3 miles, which is where I shop, mostly for convenience sake. I've had some marvellous bargains at Aldi's, i.e. their Smoked Salmon and their Crispy Duck & Pancakes plus good deals on Chicken and other poultry plus a load of other goodies. I always seem to have much more in my trolley for the money spent and will definitely be a regular when the new store they are currently building will be up and running.

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RachelF

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We don't have an Aldi very close by. I shop mainly in Sainsbury's, brad loyalty to which was, I supposed instilled in me in my early 20s and there's a huge hypermarkety one down the road. For a 'treat' I go to Waitrose which is a couple of miles away, and I pop into Lidl for huge tubs of cheap greek yoghurt and the like.
I find Lidl just too annoying and a bit depressing most of the time though. The queues are always huge. Plus they are not terribly vegetarian friendly.
We have a biggish co-op too which I sometimes do top-up shops in.
My fave is the local Turkish/continental supermarket.

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minky

Waitrose!

Ok that's just my opinion, for me shopping is about the whole experience including customer service. And that's why I love Waitrose, the staff are amazing, always polite and helpful, nothing too much trouble for them. Their prices have to be competitive now and the range of things they sell is inspiring.
I have no connection with Waitrose, just a very happy customer. Love their coffee places too, free newspapers to read and delicious food.

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Elpe

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I could never do my whole shopping in Aldi or Lidl - absolutely soul-less, few staff around to help, checkouts abysmal. However I pop in occasionally to see the special non-food offers and I do quite like their tiger bread. My main shop is done in Sainsbury's although I have big branches of Tesco, Asda & Morrison's within 5 miles - don't care for them too much. Nearest Waitrose is 16 miles away and it's so pleasant, plus OH likes their wines and I love the coffee shop. I buy the apple strudel at the bakery counter & eat it in the coffee shop!
My local Co-op is OK but asking for anything even slightly unusual is pointless. Wonder what criteria 'Which?' used in their ratings.

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foxylady

Aldi

their salmon in pastry is very good and an excellent price also large battered fish is popular in our household. Had some decent wines as well, often recommended in BBC GF Mag.

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violet eyes

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I too couldn't do all my shopping in Aldi. I think my cat would leave home for a start. But as time goes by my list of things to buy in there gets longer. The good thing is that as most things cost so little and you don't have to buy multi packs to get a bargin if you don't like what you've bought you just don't buy it again.
Today a bloke in front of us spent over £100 his trolly was full to the top. It took about 5 mins for him to reload his trolly and pay. If we had been behind him in any other supermarket we would have been waiting at least 15 to 20 mins.

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sam from worthing

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that maybe the case about aldi - but i think James is right on surpermarkets - one branch is so very different to another.

my nearest is a long long long way away, and i have used it twice - and hated every minute in the shop.

it was dirty, souless, depressing, skanky, the staff rude and unwilling to assist - and at the checkout they throw the food at alarming rate after passing the beep beep bit, the fresh veg and fruit looked like it had been on display for a week, they had a very limited fresh meat section, but have whole fridgeS of salamis and brockwurst type sausages and sliced pre packed ham etc, and they had about 6 long freezers.

was more filled with tents, and screwdrivers, socks, and bicycles - and forign beers and wines that food goods.

not a shop i would choose or willingly go.

Morrisons only used a couple of times also - find it quite expensive except their offers which are often very good.

Co-op is my emergency shop, as i find that expensive - and they are also limited as to what they sell - try buying fromage frais - when its not christmas, or more "exotic" items like nutmegs or fresh corinader (my 4 co-ops anyway) they do lovely bread though.

I am a tesco girl, but purely cos its my nearest.

And I also use sainsbugs.

Never ever shopped in Waitrose or Lidl.

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Saffy

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I'm not particularly loyal to any one shop anymore. Emma works at Morrisons so I get 10% off there, her boyfriend works at tesco's and he invariably turns up when I'm at the till and offers his discount card. But, even with the offer of a 10% saving on my shop I still quite happily go to Sainsburys. Since moving back to Warlingham it's such a lovely Sainsbugs and I'm guaranteed to bump into a few friends so I find that of all the shops Sainsbugs is the one I enjoy most.

I visit Aldi probably twice a month; in the branch in Selsdon, it is spotlessly clean, the fruit and veg are better than any of the major supermarkets, I love their bangers, cheeses, olive oil, pigs ears (for Sonny), they do a fantastic Marlborough Sauvingnon Blanc which in my opinion is even better than Oyster Bay. Their frozen mixed berries are pretty good too, but I prefer the Lidl pack as there are less blackberries in it. I pop to Lidl occasionally (it's the furthest away) and will always look out for their mixed berries, cheeses, bangers and their Red Thai chicken curry.

We have a Waitrose nearby too which I pop in to but wouldn't do a big shop there as it can be pricey.

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sandra

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I'm a Waitrose girl for food but all the boring stuff I buy from Tesco.

Like James I think there can be a huge disparity within branches. Useless manager - useless shop no matter which of them !

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Essex Girl

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There's not much choice where I live. I do my bigger shops in Tesco because they have more fruit and veg to choose from. For odds and ends I go to Waitrose which is a comparatively small shop. Further afield I go to M&S Lidl, Aldi, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and occasionally Asda.

 
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