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saren Feb 19, 2008 01:44 AM

What is the cheapest, chain supermarket in London?

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    Nii Feb 19, 2008 01:52 AM

    Probably Lidl. ASDA and Morrisons are also cheap.

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      DollyDagger Feb 19, 2008 02:44 AM

      I think that it's usually Tesco or Asda, but that's not including the super-budget ones like Netto, Lidl, etc.

      It was Asda in June 2007 anyway:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/jun/09/supermarkets.uknews

      Quite an interesting article on Lidl:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/20...

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        Harters Feb 19, 2008 07:29 AM

        Cheap as Lidl and Netto are, you cannot do a "full shop" there. But you can pick up sufficient bargains to justify buying a few goodies at Waitrose.

        I hate Asda, with a vengeance, as a place to shop. Morrisons is pretty good.

        1. re: Harters
          zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 08:05 AM

          I fully agree with your thoughts about Lidl as a non full shop shop. Going to my local Lidl is a hobby with me, as it sits right at a bus stop I often use. I've found some great bargains there, and I love their small, German biscuits that ease my guilt when I crave something sweet. It's a depressing store, but after all... low overhead is something they need.

          I wish there was a Morrison's closer to us. I think it's a good, all-around supermarket with better than average fish counters. I don't find ASDA any cheaper than Tesco, and I never like that one either, John. I'm not exactly sure why.

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            greedygirl Feb 19, 2008 08:56 AM

            And me! I like the randomness of it all, as well as the super-cheap prices. I'm a fan of Aldi as well.

            1. re: greedygirl
              zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 09:06 AM

              Lidl is one shop where you can go around and be out of it in about 15 minutes! I almost bought exercise weights on my last trip, but I couldn't carry them home!

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                Harters Feb 19, 2008 10:17 AM

                Ha. You should have seen my trolley last visit, June. The usual tins of tomatoes and strange concoctions of soup. And a garden blower/vac thingy for "sweeping up" leaves". Incredibly cheap!

                1. re: Harters
                  zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 11:14 AM

                  We find the German bread mixes at Lidl very good to use in our machine. They're very cheap and do a good job. It's fun looking for the odd this or that. Luckily, our new house's garden has no leaves that fall. It's wonderful. :-)

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                    Harters Feb 19, 2008 01:38 PM

                    I have a pal who also thoroughly recommends the bread mixes

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                      zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 10:22 PM

                      My husband likes fairly dense bread, so we tend to mix the Lidl varieties with some other grains. It's like being a scientist mixing chemicals in a tube. :-) I never baked bread but now enjoy it a lot... good way to use up bananas, too - but that's another recipe.

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              DollyDagger Feb 19, 2008 09:01 AM

              Morrison's is fine for name brands and the one in Camden I've visited a few times is enormous and stocks everything I've ever needed. My friend gets incredible prices on fresh fish at the one in Holloway because she is one of the few people who shops there that ventures further than the freezer cabinets.

              1. re: DollyDagger
                zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 09:05 AM

                Morrison's is the only shop where I've found a strange, Caribbean hot sauce called Pickapeppa. I used to get in the States easily, but now, even Morrison's doesn't seen to stock it. :-(

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                  DollyDagger Feb 19, 2008 09:08 AM

                  Order online?
                  http://www.malikonline.co.uk/store.ph...

                  1. re: DollyDagger
                    zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 11:19 AM

                    Fantastic, Dolly. You are amazing. The sauce is there! I guess the postage will cost more than the bottle of sauce. My postman is starting to dislike all my packages he has to deliver.

                  2. re: zuriga1
                    greedygirl Feb 19, 2008 09:20 AM

                    I bet you can get it in Brixton!

                    1. re: greedygirl
                      zuriga1 Feb 19, 2008 11:20 AM

                      Believe it or not, I've never been to Brixton. I'm sure you're right... maybe one day soon.

                  3. re: DollyDagger
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                    Harters Feb 19, 2008 10:23 AM

                    Morrison's is great for fish - much better than my local fishmonger.

                    I like their "Market Street" concept of the different counter sections - of course, being a northern lad, I am most taken by the pie shop.

                    I'm also quite partial to their mega-breakfast in the cafe, which manages to have reasonably decent quality bacon & sausages in it.

            3. loobcom Feb 19, 2008 07:56 AM

              Was it Henry Royce that said 'Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten'? Why would you want the cheapest of anything?

              Surely the supermarket that offers the best value should would be a better debate.

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