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I quibble slightly over the merits of some of their cheddar – several packets we got appeared to have had the flavour left out so we now get that from our butcher or Sainsburys instead.

Still our primary source for all our fish-in-a-jar needs though.

Actually I rate Aldi higher, I got my compressor from there, also "Ales of England" £14.99.

3 litres of Perlenbacher, a good German pils, for £6 is a bargain, too.

ALDI (bleurgh) THREAD —–>

Atually I've never been to an Aldi but have heard good things about them.

How do these German supermarkets manage to do the supermarket shopping experience better than us Brits?

so we now get that from our butcher

Do you get steak from the cheesemonger?

I thought it was a known phenomenon that butchers shops always have the best cheddar.

I'm with ML, I rate Aldi much higher, at least the Aldi Süd (which is also in the UK) we've got here. Aldi Nord (they have it in France and Belgium) is not as good.

And I find Lidl's Eastern European staff often rather grumpy whereas Aldi has lots of friendly young Turks.

The experience isn't exactly pleasant even if you can buy excellent chocolate and decent gin for cheap

The experience isn't exactly pleasant

Whats unpleasant about it? In mainstream supermarkets (other than perhaps Waitrose) every item you choose can seem like you're entering into a complicated negotiation to avoid getting fleeced on their multibuy chicanery. With Lidl, if you want smoked trout, go and get it. If you want tinned tomatoes, go and get them. You don't have to think 'how do I prevent them getting one over on me?'.

With Lidl, by walking in the door you're already ahead of the game.

I only know two branches of Lidl, and they're both horribly depressing places. You need strong drink to help you recover after shopping there.

Lidl is great for tinned pulses, tomatoes and cartons of passata. Lots more besides, of course, but that's what I mainly stock up on there.

This is quite funny:

No time to pack bags, massive checkout queues, no signage, smells odd.

that's what I mainly stock up on there

I used to think like you. I'd go there to get the tinned pulses, a bit of the choc and some of the coffee beans. That progressed to some of their jars of stuffed olives and monster gherkins. Now, several years later, I'm even eating their knock-off Rice Krispies. Last week I bought an eel in brine which looks at me every time I open the fridge.

The one thing I haven't yet stooped to is their seasonal ranges of undercrackers. Has anyone else yielded on that point?

I pity the fool who still think Lidl's totes amazeballs.

Most of the stuff is average price. If you want branded stuff for fuck all money round our way, you shop at Jack Fultons or Herons, and then go to Aldi/Lidl if you want to splurge MOAR MONEY on exotic stuff like. sauerkraut?

Cas Market's got a small freezer store which, at the moment, is selling Swedish meatballs for a quid a kilo, 2 foot long blocks of Subway processed cheese slices for a quid, tons of wiener schnitzel and slabs of lamb that are too big to fit in a basket. Venison and wild boar pies and sausages. In an area with the same square footage as the checkout area of a Lidl where no matter how many checkouts they have ONLY ONE IS EVER FUCKING STAFFED.

Last week I bought an eel in brine which looks at me every time I open the fridge.

the checkout area of a Lidl where no matter how many checkouts they have ONLY ONE IS EVER FUCKING STAFFED.

That's a lot better at Aldi, too, at least here. They're quick to open new checkouts when a queue develops.

I was in Fultons yesterday.

You know them big Chicago Town stuffed crust footie feast pizzas?

#23 Couldn't you reserve your place with a towel?

And they weren't short-dated.

< One person stayed with the trolley in the queue, the other wandered about picking items off the shelves and periodically coming round to drop them into it. >

Posh families do that at the M&S food hall in Kensington High Street. They should all be wheeled out and shot.

It's that I WILL BREAK YOU look in the Lidl cashier's eye as they try to beat their personal record for items scanned per second that puts me off.

DON'T PUT STUFF IN BAGS! PUT IT IN THE TROLLEY THEN TAKE IT TO THE WINDOW SILL AND BAG IT!

What the fuck is that all about? If you sort the stuff out on the conveyor belt then you can use your reusable shopping bags like hoppers and it's just as fast as sticking the stuff straight back in the trolley.

I remember queues being massive in the Aldi I went to in Berlin

I guess that's Aldi Nord which is shit imo.

DON'T PUT STUFF IN BAGS! PUT IT IN THE TROLLEY THEN TAKE IT TO THE WINDOW SILL AND BAG IT!

Somewhere else had that policy a few years ago. I think it was Fine Fare. They are no longer in business.

I like the fastness competition at the checkout. Sometimes I win against the cashier.

Somewhere else had that policy a few years ago. I think it was Fine Fare. They are no longer in business

Netto? My local one is now Asda

Netto was even worse than Lidl, it's true.

Sometimes I win against the cashier.

Give them one of these, it'll slow them down.

I don't want to slow them dow. I'm always aghast at how slow cashiers are in UK supermarkets.

The cashiers are usually fine. It's that person two or three places ahead of you in the queue who's holding everyone up.

We do most of our shopping at Lidl (with occasional deliveries from Tesco and trips to the vegetable market now and then). We have two lovely, bright, new Lidl stores very close to our house. Both have in-store bakeries and excellent fruit and vegetables. There's plenty of parking and the staff are friendly and efficient. Compared to the horror of the local Mega-Tesco, it's a joy to go there.

I also really rate Dunnes Stores Grocery and Irish chain Super Valu. It's nice to have one or two homegrown players surviving in the marketplace.

the local Mega-Tesco

I hate those mega-stores or hypermarchés where you have to go through white goods, clothes, garden supplies etc before you come to food/groceries.

I love the genetically enhanced cashiers.

it's a joy to go there

Blaithin – good to meet a fellow fan. Have you succumbed to any of their undercrackers yet? How about their eel-in-a-jar?

Is it a very tall jar?

Like a rolling pin.

Eel in a jar is never going to be a winner I fear.

Even those frozen lobsters make me terribly sad.

every item you choose can seem like you're entering into a complicated negotiation to avoid getting fleeced on their multibuy chicanery. [. ] You don't have to think 'how do I prevent them getting one over on me?'.

I think you may have overthought this.

I'm wondering what eel in a jar is. Something like this?

I keep imagining it as one of those worms in a bottle of mezcal, but that can't be right.

I'm imagining a grinning stick of licorice in a spaghetti jar.

those frozen lobsters make me terribly sad

Agreed. Makes me think of that book by Alain de Botton where he traces the catching of a majestic blue fin tuna, with its years of experience of navigating ocean currents and finding its way to and fro across the ocean, via its pre-sale polystyrene embalming through to its plated rejection by an unpleasant 11 year old Brit who "doesn't like fish".

I'm imagining a grinning stick of licorice in a spaghetti jar.

That must be an evil grin.

I'm wondering what eel in a jar is.

I love Lidl. And as a scandi, love eel. I shall look for eel in a jar tomorrow and also be sending my scandi mum to do the same. We have a bit of a lidl metro near us, but it now has an excellent in store bakery. I do much of my shopping there and for fresh fruit and veg, cooked meats and cheese, packed lunch stuff and most other things it is considerably cheaper than Sainsbury's and better quality than Tesco. I can't wait for the Christmas stuff to be in.

Exactly. I know AdB is not popular round these parts but its a terrific book. Poor old fish indeed.

German Aldi have had Christmas stuff for two weeks now. I've already had a few Lebkuchen.

Eel always makes me think of the scene with the horse's head in the Tin Drum.

I love Lidl. And as a scandi, love eel.

I ate a fantastic smoked eel in Sweden last summer, while sitting beneath a statue of Uma Thurman's naked grandmother. Although enjoyable, I felt that if fate had rolled the dice slightly differently I could have been having an even better time.

tstaddon – 17 Sep 2013 13:46:41 ( #20 of 57)

. If you want branded stuff for fuck all money round our way, you shop at Jack Fultons or Herons.

I'd sooner eat out of bins than from Jack Fultons. Herons in Castleford looks so grim I've never got past the door.

And best shop in Cas market – Pastures Green. Their pork pies are fucking amazing.

Netto? My local one is now Asda

deadmanwalking23, do you live near Stamford Hill?

I had smoked eel once and it was fab.

I like to put chunks of smoked eel in pumpkin soup, it adds a lot of flavour.

That tale of a tuna is still making me sad.

That tale of a tuna is still making me sad.

Its pretty much all I remember of the book, so you can see that it struck a chord with me as well. It was like a finger coming out of the page and poking me awake. We are eating the wrong stuff.

All our books are in boxes (just moved house) but I will find it in due course and, if the relevant excerpt is brief, either post it on here or put it in the post to you if you want.

Heron (ye gods! Are they still going!) are like Iceland without the air of breezy sophistication.

Castleford is like one of those soviet uranium mining towns. But with shouty mentals instead of uranium.

A lot of my books are in boxes too.

Don't worry if takes a long time, Sunfish, but I'd love to see a fuller extract one day.

I had a fab tuna steak for my tea yesterday too.

Shouty metals are luckily not attracted to noble gases.

LemonGrass do you live near Stamford Hill

No I was talking about the Peckham one.

Kurwa- fultons comes in two flavours, the Castleford high street version which is cramped and soulless. and the village / small town versions like in Haxby and Garforth. Basically they buy in surplus and short dated stock from supermarkets and wholesalers. Chicago Town stuffed crust pizzas, £1.50, best before Christmas 2013 is unbeatable. 25p cans of pepsi one month past sell-by date. well, either you're a date snob or you're not but the food safety director of m&s said on national tv that he buys short dated FRESH FISH and i know frozen stuff should be ok for months if it's been deep frozen.

The only place for SE Londoners wanting weirdly branded produce at low low prices is House Wives [sic] Cash & Carry on Deptford High Street.

I like most fish and seafood, but I did an involuntary shudder as usual at the herrings in the Lidl I went to yesterday. A Norwegian ex used to bring back rotted herring, and cabbage with various ghastly sauces in foil packs, along with pickled rollmops and eels – dis-gusting. It's a slightly odd aversion as I'll happily eat filleted herring from street stalls, Dutch-penguin stylee, but the pickled stuff, no thanks.

Anyway, Lidl didn't have any decent hot chocolate so I went to Sainsburys. I think you can get by at Lidls and Aldis but every once in a while need to visit one of the big 'uns.

Lidl didn't have any decent hot chocolate

I have found this too.

every once in a while need to visit one of the big 'uns.

Agreed – we do a mini-Sainsburys to get some fresh fish, veg stuff locally and then all our eel and gherkin requirements in Lidl. Everything in moderation.

Since Lidl is proving so popular in Blighty, how about Waitrose opening a few stores in Germany?

I think you can get by at Lidls and Aldis but every once in a while need to visit one of the big 'uns.

True, in some respects. I can't get dried yeast in Lidl, for example. And I love my Maldon Sea Salt, which means an occasional high-end shopping trip is required.

Lidl don't have good chocolate? You lot, really.

Our Peckham Lidl stocks dry yeast. It also has an in-store bakery.

The thing about Lidl is that they change round what they have frequently so sometimes you can get particular stuff, sometimes you can't. My local one currently has Twinings hot chocolate which comes in a very nice tin so I have been tempted. But then I remember that hot chocolate just hangs around in our house because we only drink it about once a year. (It has to have been snowing and we have to have been out with the sledge.)

Lidl don't have good chocolate?

I love the idea that getting a pizza for 1.50 is somehow a marker of a shop's excellence.

I'm an Aldi man myself. They stock dried yeast, and strong flour. Fruit and veg used to be poor, but has improved a lot lately. I especially like their red grapefruit, always sweet and juicy, and very cheap. Even though they usually only have two tills going at a time, it still normally works out quicker than Tesco. Bought my last PC there too.

how about Waitrose opening a few stores in Germany?

I'd love that, but I don't think they'd succeed. Food prices in Germany are lower than in the UK and there is a Geiz ist geil (stinginess is ace) mentality here. Belgian chain Delhaize had to close their German supermarkets again because of financial losses, and even Walmart was no success in Germany.

I bought some Twinings hot chocolate in Lidl: I am so suggestible.

< I love the idea that getting a pizza for 1.50 is somehow a marker of a shop's excellence. >

That made me chuckle too, Crayola.

The thing about Lidl is that they change round what they have frequently so sometimes you can get particular stuff, sometimes you can't.

Exactly, last year I got a jar of Spanish hot chocolate at Lidl, was hoping for the same this time. (I got Green and Blacks in the end, it'll do, not quite as nice as Montezuma's or Spanish)

Generally I'll use Lidl for daily staples plus the odd luxury item as the mood takes me, I was addicted to some Ethiopian Sidamo from Lidl during the summer. But often the salad and veggies don't pass muster so it's off to the ethnic shops or big supermarket.

It's a hike to an Aldi for me, but I have always preferred Lidl. The fruit and veg particularly I've found excellent. And they do a free range chicken for 3.99 which has always impressed.

I love the idea that getting a pizza for 1.50 is somehow a marker of a shop's excellence.

Heh. I get what you mean but it's not a question of excellence, more cost-effectiveness. Our kids regularly have sleepovers with food-faddy friends. If you needed to get ten Chicago Town stuffed crust pizzas in at a time, then what would you prefer to pay? £15 in Fultons (use by date December 2013, will be eaten within 12 hours) or £30 in Tesco (thanks to their special offer at the moment, 2 for £6, apparently edible for 18 months)?

Thing is, the Chicago Town pizza from Fultons are no different to the Chicago Town pizza from Tesco, other than you'll pay twice as much for the Tesco one because there's a stamp on the box wot says it's hypothetically going to be edible a year after the kids ate it.

A lot of frozen or tinned stuff'll be edible for decades provided it stays unopened and deep frozen, but it's no good to the wholesaler or the supermarket if it just sits in their warehouses, and that (according to the man from the M&S) is the main reason why you get dates printed on frozen and tinned food. So they can get rid of the older stock to make way for the newer stock.

Years ago my brother, working in a frozen food company, came home with ice cream that was 3 years past its sell-by date – staff discount, 10p a tub. It had never been out of the deep freezer at the depot. Food safety checks proved that there was no discernable difference between the outdated stock and the new stock. If you didn't see the date on the tub you'd never know the difference.

A couple of times I bought some lovely 'Arabesque' coffee* from Lidl. Seems to have disappeared, though.

* coffee in jars, btw

Fuck say. Even I don't go on half as much about frozen fucking pizza.

The Stamford Hill Netto was like a medium-security prison.

Lidl's have a big bin outside so you can ditch the excess packaging from your groceries before you go home. Someone told me this is a thing in Germany.

< The Stamford Hill Netto was like a medium-security prison. >

Same with the one in Halifax. I looked round, decided I didn't want to buy anything, and they had to summon a bloke with a set of special keys to let me out.

Another great Lidl buy was their bendy camera tripod – a mere £9.99. It is sturdy and seems well-built.

The brand name products [GorillaPod] were about £35-to-£40 at the time:

I just bought 3x stairgates at ALDIs.

That'll keep the little sod anchored.

I am going to Lidl tonight to pay my respects. I will pick up some food while I am there. As fellow Lidl fans are there any particular favourites you recommend I pick up while I am there?