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Feb 2, 2008 04:18 AM

[London] bulk grains/ groceries/ cheap/ fresh?

Between porridge every morning and simple apple crisps a few nights a week, my husband and I go through about a kilo of oats a week (Sainsbury's taste the difference is our usual go to brand). Do you know where we can buy oats- and other grains/legumes- in those bulk bins? Ideally cheap, fresh, and in east London? We are still reeling from how much Park Slope Food Coop has left us totally unprepared for life here.

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  1. There's a place in north London that just opened, I think, but I'm afraid I can't remember what it's called.

    Have you tried the German supermarket Lidl? You can get packets of oats for about 30p, I think, and they sell lots of other cheap things that are good quality.

    1. Very late reply, but in case someone else comes across this lookingnformthe same answer, I've just found this in London Fields/ Hackney Central area.

      Haven't been yet but plan to very soon...

      1. Whole Foods is selling all sorts of grains/legumes/spices in bulk now, and I genuinely think the prices might be reasonable (at least compared with the boxed equivalent at my local supermarket).

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        1. re: brokentelephone

          Yes, they have tons of stuff in bulk. I went last week to buy a lot of seeds for bread but they don't seem to be still selling those. I did end up buying some malted hazlenut cereal something or other, and it's delicious. The prices aren't too bad at all and they have a machine that weighs the bag and prints out the cost on a sticker. I bet the people at the tills love that.