Aldi: The chocolate The biscuits The Christmas food like stollen and panettone The fruit teas The coffee Tomato sauce Mayo Choc spread Jam Honey Cleaning products...all the laundry stuff is good housekeeping recommended. Loo rolls, kitchen towels etc. My aunt swears by their face cream too.
I don't buy meat from there and I dont rate the veg and fruit tbh - not enough of a selection.
I do Lidl once a month or so. The good stuff includes...
Pasta. Chocolate (unless FairTrade is important to you.) Biscuits Washing products. Marmalade Cooked meats Fruit and veg Toaster waffles (mmmm) Part baked bread. Frozen veg. Icecream. German Christmas goodies. Crisps and nuts
I'm not a fan of their dairy, fresh meat, or frozen meat. The wine can be hit or miss. Ready meals are very poor.
Have only shopped at Aldi but we like The really cheap pasta and spaghetti The curry sauces mainly buy the balti one Own brand cereal Bread especially the rolls you cook in the oven Veg is ok but limited selection. Some is on 69p and they are generally really good value Kids drink the flavoured water in school lunches Basic ice cream is ok The choc ices that are half choc covered and half wafer Tikka flavour cooked chicken is a hit with dh The specially selected fudge at xmas Bread mixes - they were reduced this week and seem really good from the one we've made Crisps and biscuits are all fine too
The Aldi real maple syrup is several pounds cheaper.
I love the Aldi Parmesan, the French Torchon ham in the large flat packs and the Halloumi.
Cheap packets of cereal from £1,19 to £1,50 and the quality is great. My teenage son doesn't turn his nose up at them as he does with other own brand cereals.
The fruit and Veg lasts and I have never noticed any difference in quality. The apples are especially good value as so expensive elsewhere.
The Panini, Crumpets, Brioche (Super gorgeous) and Tiger Bread is superb.
Bags of frozen Tuna steaks at £2,99 are excellent for tuna burgers and also w/ a stir fry. The steaks are small but they fry up well. They also have bags of Frozen Basa (Catfish) which are sweet and succulent and only £2,99 to £3,99.
The Babywipes are just as good as any other-I use them for make up removal. Lacura face creams have been widely praised.
Plenty of US foods in the wire displays in the central part of the store. Look out for seasonings like Old Bay, Pretzels, Marshmallow Fluff and plenty of good spice and herb mixes too for Thai/Chinese. Junk food wise, their tortilla chips, cheese twists and balls are yummy and DH buys shed loads of the various bags of nuts. The peanuts, Cashews, Macadamias are incredible value and very good quality.
Well this thread was a bit of a revelation! Just gone and done most of a weekly shop at Lidl - it is only half a mile further than the Tesco we usually use. Much smaller, but it was so refreshing not having a million choices for everything!
Have only so far tried the sliced gherkins in my late-lunch sandwich. Got quite a lot of fruit and veg and it looks good. Got a kilo bucket of Greek yogurt on the recommendation of a PP, can't wait to have that with my fruit salads for breakfast. Am amazed at the cheap booze too - got a couple of British ales for 99p each, a bottle of red wine for £2.59 (it doesn't need to be good, it's for coq au vin, and the coq was £4.50). Overall, four bag-for-life sized bags of shopping including booze and meat for £46... Not bad!