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Started by Sunfish on Sep 17, 2013 1:15:31 PM
Lidl, Lidl, uber alles

Isn't Lidl great? Excellent grub at reasonable prices, wide aisles, no canned music, civilised check-out queues, pretty Eastern European staff, good parking facilities, rarely busy. Its the nearest we've got to an iSupermarket.

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Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:19:16 (#1 of 2010)

My lunch today is almost entirely from Lidl - their excellent Italian cooked ham in a locally sourced bread roll, with their knock off Colemans mustard, together with some of their sweet peppers, a handful of silver skin pickled onions, a gherkin, some cherry tomatoes, finished with a handful of walnuts and two squares of their Alpine choc.

Guten appetit!

kentigern - 17 Sep 2013 13:21:32 (#2 of 2010)

I enjoy its bonkers special offers. I don't know where else you could buy a horse blanket, hiking socks and some cut-price cheddar all at the same time.

The staff in the one near me are more cosmopolitan than merely Eastern European.

tasselhoff - 17 Sep 2013 13:21:45 (#3 of 2010)

We got a quality kitchen mixer tap with extendable hose attachment doodah for 29 euros from Lidl. Bargain!

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:22:08 (#4 of 2010)

Über, ffs

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:24:27 (#5 of 2010)

cut-price cheddar

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.

MaisonLazlique - 17 Sep 2013 13:28:27 (#6 of 2010)

Uber Aldi's Ffs.

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

EchoChamber - 17 Sep 2013 13:29:08 (#7 of 2010)

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

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:29:27 (#8 of 2010)

ALDI (bleurgh) THREAD ----->

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:32:02 (#9 of 2010)

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?

cozzer - 17 Sep 2013 13:32:28 (#10 of 2010)

so we now get that from our butcher

Do you get steak from the cheesemonger?

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:33:40 (#11 of 2010)

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

wickeltisch - 17 Sep 2013 13:34:16 (#12 of 2010)

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.

pmcblonde - 17 Sep 2013 13:35:24 (#13 of 2010)

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

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:39:00 (#14 of 2010)

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.

RosyLovelady - 17 Sep 2013 13:40:33 (#15 of 2010)

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.

throstledoffer - 17 Sep 2013 13:40:36 (#16 of 2010)

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:

pmcblonde - 17 Sep 2013 13:42:29 (#17 of 2010)

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

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:43:55 (#18 of 2010)

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.

Sunfish - 17 Sep 2013 13:45:40 (#19 of 2010)

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

tstaddon - 17 Sep 2013 13:46:41 (#20 of 2010)

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.

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