Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Reasons to shop at Morrison's - I've found some at last


Something has happened to me that I never imagined would happen in a million years.

I've become obsessed by Morrisons.

I once wrote a post about how awful it was (which I can't find), but suffice to say, even though the staff remain mentally subnormal, glued to their mobile phones and supremely unhelpful if they actually understand what your saying at all, the store's range is phenomenal.

You can get everything. Today, I set them a challenge. I wanted a potato ricer, having seen one in Heals for about £20. I mocked, I poo-pooed, I doubted. But there it was, among the (quite good quality) cookware, a snip at under a fiver. They've come up trumps again. Who'd believe it?

Their food storage ware is fantastic, their laughingly named 'foods of the world' section really does contain foods of the world, and even their car section is comprehensive. I believe their fish is the talk of north London too.

But they do fall down on their fruit and veg. Not that it's poor quality - I've bought a swede to rice later - but it's so bleak. It's all in the presentation and it doesn't cut it. It's too minimal. Supermarkets aren't about minimal. Perhaps it's the yellow colour of their livery. It's chilly, but at least it's not Somerfield ice blue or Asda Wandsworth Borough Council green.

This fad will of course pass, but for now, I'm enjoying discovering how good it is. And of course how cheap it is too.

15 comments:

Cocktails said...

At the risk of sounding like a complete food philistine (which of course I am), what the heck is a potator ricer?

Helen said...

How bizarre...I've just had my first Morrison's shopping experience in what must be about 20 years. How was it for me? Ok, but hate the yellow and there were some grumpy old bats in there, me included.

Chris Hughes said...

Car section? Have I missed something?

I'm assuming they have a car accessories section, and haven't started flogging Citreon Xsaras out of the car park.

Five-Centres said...

A potato ricer makes the potato smoother and less lumpy, unlike traditional mashing.

Yes, it's car accessories. Air freshners, carpets, WD40, that sort of thing.

I can't believe you're a grumpy old bat Hels. But will you be going back?

Ishouldbeworking said...

I'd like regular updates on whether that potato ricer goes rusty, before I follow in your footsteps.

Suzy Norman said...

Louis Barfe once extolled the virtues of its cookware section as a rival to Le Creuset. Being a Le Creuset fan myself, I haven't bitten but I'm open minded.

BPP said...

Londoners are going mad for Morrison's fish counters, are they? Shame they're so obsessed with looking sophisticated to their awful London friends that they daren't cook the stuff up like wot normal people do. Instead, they eat it raw!

RAW!

*laughs at London*

Bright Ambassador said...

"a Le Creuset fan", a fan of incredibly heavy cast iron French saucepans? Flippin' 'eck.

*laughs at London*

Simon said...

I still wish they'd left Safeway as a sub-brand rather than turning them all into Morrisons, but then I am awkward like that.

Five-Centres said...

I never liked Safeways, though as a child the one in our town had loads of American food you couldn't get anywhere else.

*Laughs at London*

Helen said...

Ooh, on some days I'm grumpy like you wouldn't believe!
May well go back, they had a particulary delicious Marco Pierre White fresh soup on offer...

BPP said...

Being from The North, I have no idea what a Marco Pierre White is.

*not sure whether to laugh at London or not*

Suzy Norman said...
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Valentine Suicide said...

*also laughs at London, but is prepared to change sides if helps social climbing ambitions*

Clair said...

BPP, both Morrisons AND Marco Pierre White are from That Leeds, therefore ought to qualify as Reet Good, surely?

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