Good: Large free range chicken for a fiver. 59p fruit and veg offers. Lacuna beauty products (day & night moisturisers) Brooklea West County yoghurts - ridiculously yum (but made with whipped cream and fat galore) Nice selection of pesto's etc.
Grim: Freeze dried coffee Fruit squash
I don't shop there often as the ranges are limited, but will whizz in for my good list above.
Rice, pasta, their version of Lurpak, steak mince, fruit and veg, stollen, chocolate crunch cereal, milk, cream, smoked salmon, salad, washing powder, fabric conditioner. Most stuff is good to be honest, but their range is quite small. I like that though because I can whizz round quickly.
Good = washing powder Bad - fabric softener good - boxes of salmon bad - bags of salmon good - the rest of the frozen fish bad - stewing meat good - dairy, cereals, oils, pasta, rice, fruit and veg, frozen veg, jarred olives. bad - processed frozen goods, jarred sauces. good - some beers.
Two years ago Aldi had the Holy Grail of Christmas snacks- Macadamia nuts in their shells! I have never seen them anywhere since, not even in Aldi Their cream cheese is gorgeous, nicer than Philly. Potato gratin in a packet is yummy and cheap. We buy loads from there actually!
Their german christmas stuff is great (gingerbread houses, stollen, lebkuchen, glühwein etc) and much cheaper than the rip-off christmas markets.
Sometimes their fresh fruit can be a bit grim, but generally for basics it is excellent. I used to shop there a lot, but I now have 2 ds's with multiple allergies and they don't really do anything which caters for their diets.
bulgarian (or maybe hungarian...) Merlot was nice. veg is good, cerials good, cerial bars good, free range chickens good, moisteriser gave me spots (and i never usually get spots), cheeses good, posh yoghurts lovely, baking stuff decent. Beware of bad tempered sullen staff who will scowl and scan shopping super fast to make a point if you dont want to do the insane Hurl Shopping Directly into Trolley routine at the checkout. Pack into bags at the till at your peril
They are not as cheap as they used to be, they are trading on their (out of date) reputation. They are good for some things (think traditional German goods so deli, stollen, lebkuchen, etc) but their queues are awful so not a place to 'pop in'. Also, for a place that is supposed to cater for the poorer end of the market, I think that it is bad that their fresh fruit & veg only comes in pre-packs so you can't buy just one or two of things.
Totally Tropical muesli - as good as Dorset Cereals IME. Nutty and berry mueslis also good.
Brioche slabs with custard, mmm
Their version of "Eat Natural" bars
Agree about their version of Lurpak being lovely
Fruit and veg are fantastic, lots of packaging though.
I usually pick up one random item each time to try, things are usually either rubbish or surprisingly good.
The "don't pack at the tills" thing is always annoying, though. The faster the staff go, the slower I get. When I was heavily pregnant a fella on the till tried to hurry me along and I hissed "I can't bend over the trolley so you will have to be patient." Then he had to sit there fuming while I did the slowest pack ever and let DD "help"
I fail to see how much time it saves, particularly for elderly or infirm (or pregnant) customers.